Advisory Panel

The 5% Club is growing in size, momentum and impact.  We are keen that our members help us on this journey to become even bigger and more significant. To this end we have created an Advisory Panel of members:

  • To act as a sounding board;
  • To help advise and shape ideas and initiatives;
  • To horizon scan and act as a ‘radar’ of things we should know about and need to act on;
  • To assist with melding the HR and CR (corporate responsibility) aspect of The 5% Club.

Over time we will add people to the panel, to make sure we represent our membership and tap into the knowledge and enthusiasm of members.

Andy Baker 
HR Manager – Recruitment – Early Careers Programmes 

Having started his career as an engineering apprentice with British Aerospace (now MBDA UK) Andy has enjoyed a career in recruitment for 26 years across a number of engineering and technology sectors. For the last 12 years this has been focused towards the defence industry with MBDA UK that includes working as Recruitment Programme Manager for the Managed Service Provision responsible for the recruitment of contingent workers.

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Since 2016 Andy has worked as the HR Manager – Early Careers Recruitment within MBDA overseeing the attraction, talent pipeline and recruitment of graduates, undergraduates and apprentices across the UK business always with diversity and inclusivity at the core and ensuring our programmes remain “open to all” irrespective of backgrounds, beliefs or social class.

Andy’s team also have responsibility in inspiring the next generation of engineers and plays an active part in encouraging students across schools in undertaking an exciting career in engineering or business through a number of outreach programmes, activities and direct engagement and improving careers education in general.

Naomi Barringer
Director, Human Resources

Naomi Barringer is the Director, Human Resources of TRL Limited based in Wokingham, Berkshire. TRL is a centre of excellence for future transport; we provide innovative research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets of automotive, motorsport, insurance and energy.

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With almost 20 years of experience in human resources, including learning and development, talent management, selection, employee relations and compensation and benefits gained predominantly in the technology and science industries. Naomi is responsible for ensuring TRL has the skills and expertise to stay at the forefront of its industry and strongly believes that business must play a leading role in the development of that talent and being a member of The 5% Club supports our aims.

Tony Ellender
Emerging Talent Manager
Balfour Beatty

As Emerging Talent Manager for Balfour Beatty, Tony is responsible for the design and delivery of professional development programmes for apprentices and graduates across a range of construction, engineering and support disciplines throughout the UK.

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Tony joined Balfour Beatty in 1999 and has held a number of Learning and Development roles and has also been responsible for the attraction and recruitment of school leavers and graduates.

He is currently involved in an employer consortium that is developing a range of Higher and Degree apprenticeships in various construction disciplines under the Trailblazer banner and is an Apprentice Ambassador in the North West, where he is based at Balfour Beatty’s Manchester office.

Tony is a member of the Apprentice Diversity Champions Network and heavily engaged with a number of industry and STEM initiatives at national and local levels.  He is a key participant in Balfour Beatty’s Armed Forces Forum, supporting the company’s Armed Forces Covenant.

Prior to Balfour Beatty Tony was commissioned in the Royal Navy and held a number of training delivery roles at sea and ashore.

Joanne Gogerly
Head of Professional Education

Joanne Gogerly is Head of Siemens Professional Education in the UK and North-West Europe. Playing a pivotal role in ensuring consistency in the delivery of high quality apprenticeships across Siemens and externally achieving Ofsted Outstanding status in 2016.

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Joanne has embedded the apprenticeship reform at Siemens including the apprenticeship levy and transition to apprenticeship standards and continues to drive some of the major challenges that the apprenticeship team are facing including; increasing diverse participation in higher and degree apprenticeships as well as planning for the future workforce in Industry 4.0.

Joanne was formally the Operations Manager for Professional Education and Entry Level Talent Partner at Siemens managing the School Leaver, Internship and Graduate schemes.  Prior to joining Siemens in 2010, she has worked in the Engineering and FMCG industries on Graduate and Apprentice Schemes development and started her journey into learning at college teaching travel management.

Karima Khandker
Head of Resourcing, Skills and Emerging Talent
Thames Water 

Karima has worked in the world of recruitment, training and apprenticeships for over 15 years.  Karima was Head of Employment and Skills for Heathrow, responsible for developing, launching and providing strategic leadership for the award winning Academy, as well as forward thinking approaches to employment and skills development across employers that operate at Heathrow.

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Karima is now Head of Skills and Emerging Talent at Thames Water, responsible for setting the strategic direction of the ‘skills’ strategy to support the company to deliver its ambition and ensure the business has a diverse and inclusive pipeline of skills required today and in the future. She leads the skills strategy ensuring that the benefits of growth are felt by all communities and colleagues across the business.

Karima leads a team focussed on driving change within the provision of education, employment and skills across all boroughs, forming strategic partnerships and collaborative approaches with stakeholders including education, community, supply chain and skill providers. She is passionate about driving real change and impacts on socio economic diversity, social inclusion, in work poverty, by creating a skills strategy that will create a fair society for all, drive economic prosperity, support social value and positively impact social mobility.

Katie Nightingale Chartered FCIPD
Director, People Consulting
Grant Thornton UK LLP

Katie is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with over 20 years’ HR and L&D experience within large private organisations across multiple industries. Following her role with Kier Group as Head of Early Careers she is now part of the Grant Thornton People Consulting team supporting clients with all aspects of their people agenda, including advising on apprenticeships, D&I, culture, talent development, employee engagement and organisational design to name but a few. Katie is passionate about developing inclusive organisations by engaging diverse emerging talent as part of strategic workforce planning.

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Sally Scott
Head of Talent and Capability
Skanska UK

Sally has progressed from graduate to senior leader since joining Skanska in 1997 after achieving a Bsc (Hons) in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying and going on to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Starting out at Skanska as a sponsored student, Sally held a number of learning and development roles to management level and in 2013 led an engagement stream for a major Tupe transfer in to Skanska.

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In 2014, Sally became Skanska’s Head of Emerging Talent and established a new team focusing solely on early careers development and progression and recently became the Senior HR Business Partner for Infrastructure, sitting on both the HR and Operating Unit Leadership Team.

Sally is a leader of Skanska’s Diversity and Inclusion vision, actively supporting the company’s ambition to achieve greater inclusion in Construction.  This work saw several key achievements during 2017, including: the CIPD Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award for Skanska’s recruitment placements, being placed third in the UK Social Mobility Index and receiving the National Equality Standard.

Chris Shirley 
Head of UK Skills & Development

Chris has been working with The 5% Club for many years initially representing Network Rail and now as Head of UK Skills & Development at QinetiQ.

With a career spanning the chemical, education, rail and defence sectors Chris brings experience of delivering Early Careers programmes within an industry setting and with 10 years working in the Secondary education sector understands how educational institutions and those taking their first steps into a work environment view industry.

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Chris is passionate about addressing the challenge the UK faces around future skills gaps through the development of people via workplace learning programmes and believes the 5% club has an important role to play in making this happen.

Lewis Simonds
Apprentice Services Manager
Network Rail

As Apprenticeship Services Manager Lewis plays a role in the development and delivery of the long term apprenticeship strategy for Network Rail and is accountable for the services which directly enable the apprenticeship schemes including safeguarding, contract and quality management, procurement, communications, management information, administration and site facilities. Network Rail has over 1500 apprentices across more than 30 apprenticeship programmes and believe that apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities to both the learners and employing organisations.

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Following a successful teaching career, Lewis joined Network Rail in 2016, working in roles within training design, training standards and training governance & assurance. Lewis has a passion to support all in their lifelong learning journey, believing the concept of a “Job for Life” doesn’t suit all in the modern world. Emboldened by the opportunities apprenticeships offer people at all ages, Lewis strives to ensure apprentice’s learning and pastoral experiences are outstanding and set them up for a diverse and happy career.

Kerry Sneddon
Graduate Recruitment Manager 

As Recruitment Manager for WSP, Kerry is responsible ensuring the successful recruitment for our Graduate Development programme for Early Career Professionals across the UK business.

Kerry joined WSP in December 2021 after previously working as the Early Years Recruitment and Programme Manager for Arcadis for the past 10 years. Previous to this Kerry worked as a HR Professional in the Built Environment.

Kerry works alongside the Graduate & Apprentice Development Programme lead as well as the Apprentice Recruitment Manager within WSP.

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Kerry is passionate about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers and ensuring that WSP develops the talent needed to support the future growth and prosperity of the organisation, the industry in which WSP operates and wider society.

Lauren Townsend
Early Careers Manager 
Morgan Sindall Infrastructure

Lauren is the Early Careers Manager at Morgan Sindall, having joined the company as Early Careers Coordinator in 2021.

Lauren has also worked in the early careers arena for Costain PLC.

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