OBE for SummitSkills CEO

OBE for his contribution to skills — Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills.
SummitSkills’ chief executive Keith Marshall has been appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his contribution to skills.

Following directorships with the Training Standards Council and later the Adult Learning Inspectorate, he joined SummitSkills as chief executive in 2003 and has led the organisation through its initial licensing in 2004 and the award of its second contract in 2007.He says, ‘I am delighted and honoured that my contribution to the skills agenda has been recognised in this way. It has made me stop and think and realise that I have worked in the skills arena for over 20 years — before the days of NVQs! I have worked on the first occupational standard in engineering. NVQs and the first engineering Modern Apprenticeship framework. I also chaired my professional institution’s [the IET] training committee and worked with the Engineering Council on the introduction of competence-based registration for professional engineers. Later, I inspected training provision, and now I am privileged to be CEO of SummitSkills to safeguard the standard of skills in building-services engineering. ‘I have worked with some splendid people, and anything I have achieved has been in collaboration with others — and this honour must reflect on them also.’
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