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.

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.

Melanie Clark
Recruitment & Development Manager 

As Recruitment & Development manager for WSP, Mel is responsible ensuring the successful delivery of recruitment and development programmes for Early Career Professionals across the UK business.

Mel joined WSP in 2009 and worked in generalist HR and Learning and Development before focussing on Early Career Professional recruitment in 2014. Having grown a successful and award winning ECP recruitment team, Mel took on responsibility for the successful delivery of the Apprentice, Undergraduate and Graduate Development programmes in 2019.

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Mel 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.

Frank Clayton MBE
Head of Group Learning and Development
NG Bailey

As head of group learning and development, Frank Clayton is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of NG Bailey’s existing programmes while ensuring we continue to build upon the company’s reputation for providing industry leading training and development.

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Frank joined NG Bailey in 2012 as an apprentice training advisor where he was instrumental in implementing changes to the company’s apprenticeship delivery model and the subsequent increase in the number of programmes it runs.

Prior to joining NG Bailey, he spent 10 years at Wolseley UK in a number of learning and development related roles, including operations training manager where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business’s national apprenticeship programme and the on-going training requirements of its 15,000 employees.

Frank has more than 15 years’ experience in L&D related roles including work for a FTSE100 business and time spent as an independent development consultant with several blue chip clients.

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 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
People Consulting Associate Director
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.

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.

Craig Smith
‎Head of Learning and Employee Experience

Babcock International Group is a global engineering services organisation with a proven track record of excellence. We deliver complex and critical support both in the UK and overseas, when and where it matters most.

Craig Joined Babcock in July 2015 to lead graduate attraction and development, supported the organisational role out of their HR Information System and is responsible for broader organisational talent identification and development. More latterly Craig has led on Babcock’s response to the apprenticeship levy and has assumed a broader role in the learning and development arena. Craig is also a board director at the Institute for Student Employers.

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Prior to joining Babcock Craig headed up technical training and early careers for National Grid, where he originally started as an apprentice himself.

Hatti Tweedle
Group HR Manager

I ran away to join the Merchant Navy at the age of 17, and now 33 years later am a HR & Training Manager for an Oxfordshire based SME Maylarch; we offer a comprehensive range of services to site, from enabling works through to full contract works, operating as principal or sub-contractor.

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Over that time I have experienced a variety of roles and responsibilities and the diversity of the industries I have worked in, including the navy, a Laundry, a Disabled Children’s charity, to today’s Demolition & Asbestos Removal Company; along with the roles, in admin, training and the HR areas of business; have in time lead to a wish to support the development of individuals, as well as the next generation. This is supported by my role as a Construction Ambassador for the CITB, and my involvement with The 5% Club.

Claire Watson
Director, Organisation Development & Early Careers

As Director Organisation Development & Early Careers, Claire is responsible for leading the Early Careers programme for the QinetiQ Group. She has worked for more than 25 years in the field of Learning and Development in organisations across different industry sectors as well as through her own consultancy business. Claire draws on her experience of leading Early Careers programmes in several organisations to ensure that graduates, apprentices and students have a great learning experience and ongoing career development at QinetiQ.

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Claire is passionate about creating training programmes that attract, develop and support young people into employment and enables them to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to their company.

Claire has been involved in The 5% Club since the early days of its development and believes in the power of organisations collaborating to share their knowledge, learning and ideas to create solutions that make a difference and develop the talent pipeline that industry needs for strong performance and growth.