Skills, Training and Education

Skills Programme

The pro-manchester Skills Programme focuses on the development of skills for business, attraction and retention of graduates into the sector and promoting Greater Manchester’s skills and expertise in the local area, nationally and globally.

The skills committee works alongside member firms to determine their skills needs whilst also developing relationships with the region’s universities, professional bodies and skills providers in order to support and develop appropriate solutions.

Implementing our skills agenda

To implement our Skills and Education agenda the Skills Committee identifies and addresses skills gaps within the Greater Manchester financial and professional sector.

The Skills Committee works in collaboration with universities, professional bodies and skills providers by creating;

  • short business training courses
  • speaking opportunities
  • discussion groups
  • business training workshops
  • joint projects between academia and business.

The Skills Committee includes:

Jane Forbes, PwC (co-chair)
Alison Loveday, berg (co-chair)
Chris Taylor, GM Chamber of Commerce
Gareth Davies, Michael Page Recruitment
John Guest, RSM
George MacMillan, Kuits
Sarah Hibbert, Manchester Central
Deborah Walker, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jayne Worthington, The Skills Company
Andrew Toolan, MIDAS
Hannah Johnson, Carter Corson


Unvalidated/unstructured CPD points can be gained for attendance at pro- manchester events. A nice way to learn something, make potential referrals, have something to eat AND gain informal CPD points! For instance a Lawyer needs to meet SRA CPD requirements, some of the points can be gained by ‘other activities’ and participation in non-accredited courses which are of particular relevance and benefit to an individual’s area of work which last more than 30 minutes, such as pro-manchester events! See your relevant professional associations website for more details.

Get involved today

For more information please contact Claire Turnbull, on  or 0161 817 3482.