The LEP's Skills Board welcomes two new members after recruitment campaign

We’re pleased to welcome two new members to our Employment and Skills Board following a successful recruitment campaign.

Melanie Weatherley, CEO of Lincolnshire home care provider Walnut Care, and Phil Ball, Operations Director at Metsä Wood in Boston, will both be joining the board.

Our Skills Board now has 15 members and is chaired by Herman Kok of Lindum Group.

Ruth Carver, Director at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, commented: “Following a successful recruitment process, we’re pleased to welcome Melanie Weatherley and Phil Ball to the Employment and Skills Board.

“Both will be excellent additions to the board and will help to deliver the LEP’s strategic vision on skills.”

As well as being the CEO of Walnut Care – one of Lincolnshire’s leading home care providers –Melanie is also the Chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association and hopes to give small and medium-sized care providers a stronger voice on the board.

“I want to make sure the voices of care providers in Greater Lincolnshire, particularly the smaller ones, are represented,” she said.

“Access to skills is an important issue in the social care sector right now. Without a skilled and motivated workforce, social care providers will struggle to continue to provide the excellent care that we all expect.

“I want to use my role on the board to help equip young people with the right skills to help create a more prosperous future for Greater Lincolnshire. I also want to inspire them that social care can be a fantastic and rewarding career to pursue.”

Phil Ball previously sat on the Employment and Skills Board for the Leeds City Region LEP.

“I’m really looking forward to using my business, LEP and education experience to help the Greater Lincolnshire LEP support economic growth in the area,” he said.