The Trustee Board of The City and Guilds of London Institute

The Trustee Board of The City and Guilds of London Institute serves a key role in the governance of the City & Guilds Group.

The Trustee Board’s primary responsibility is ensuring the Group pursues its charitable objectives and that it remains financially robust.

The Trustee Board is comprised of members of the Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute who are elected to serve as Trustees. They represent a diverse range of industries, and bring a wealth of experience. Once appointed, they serve as Trustees for up to nine years.

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Who are the Trustees?

The Trustee Board is currently chaired by our Chair of the Council, Dr Ann Limb CBE DL.

Ann became Chair of the Council in October 2021. Ann has dedicated a large part of her working life to education having spent 25 years in Further Education as a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and in the civil service where she had responsibility for the UK government’s flagship digital initiatives, learndirect, UK online and

She was awarded Fellowship in 2002 and has spent time serving across many different City & Guilds committees, most recently as Vice Chair of Trustees.

Other members include:

Professor Alison Halstead FCGI

Alison is Director of HT Consulting and was awarded Fellowship in 2012. She has been a City and Guilds of London Institute Councillor since 2013. 

Andy Marchant

Andy’s executive career was in banking, pensions and Investment. He now holds a portfolio of roles including as Chair of Scottish Book Trust, Non-Executive Director at Lothian Pension Fund and Vice-Chair of the Scottish Firefighters Pension Fund. He has been a Trustee at City and Guilds since 2018 and is Chair of the Investment Committee and Pensions Sub-Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Andy Smyth

Andy is currently Director of Ah Ha! Consulting, and Vice President for Policy, Products, and Service for Franklin Apprenticeships, a US Apprenticeship business focussed on high quality programs that enable overlooked and underserved populations to access high value and sustainable careers.  He previously led on Apprenticeships and Early Talent at TUI for 14 years. He has been a City & Guilds London Institute Councillor since 2011.

Ann Brown

Ann has been a City and Guilds of London Institute Councillor since 2015. She is a former KPMG Partner and has spent over 30 years in global HR leadership roles in tech, communications, financial services and shipping.

Cecilia Harvey

Cecilia has worked in banking and technology for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Tech Women Today. She has been a City and Guilds of London Institute Councillor since 2021.

Chris Fenton

Chris is a non-executive director, trustee and advisor based on a commercially focused career in the private and public sectors. He is applying his experience to education and skills infrastructure sectors as a Governor at Middlesex University and on the Board of the apprenticeship provider, JTL.

Frank Douglas

Prior to starting Caerus, Frank has held many senior HR roles - Executive Vice President for HR at Misys, Group HR Director for TfL and BT. Frank is also a Trustee at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ian Ailles

Ian holds a number of non executive and trustee roles across commercial, charitable and third sector organisations.   Each of these has a key social purpose.  Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant with an executive background as CEO, COO and CFO in Investment Banking,  Travel and Digital industries principally in the private sector and in private equity.   His most recent executive role was as the first ever Director General of the House of Commons.

Ian has previously worked extensively overseas and is a keen supporter of diversity of all kinds.

Jane Gibbon

Jane was recently appointed as Chief People Officer at London Business School, and has previously held positions as HR Director at Just Eat, having previously been HR Director for Starbucks EMEA. Prior to that she has held senior HR roles at Tesco, McDonald’s Europe and Yahoo. Jane has also co-founded Lift as You Climb UK and is a board member at Amaechi Performance Systems Ltd. She joined as a Councillor of the City and Guilds of London Institute in March 2019.

Kevin Baughan

Kevin became a City and Guilds of London Institute Councillor in 2017. He has had an extensive career in telecoms and in the application of new technologies and was latterly Deputy CEO at Innovate U.K. He was awarded an OBE for services to innovation and skills in 2020 and became Vice Chair of the Council in October 2021.

Richard (Dick) Palmer

Dick Palmer has worked in the education and skills sector for over 30 years, latterly as Principal of City College Norwich and currently as a Non-Executive Director in a number of independent training companies. He has been a City and Guilds of London Institute Councillor since November 2018 and recently has become Chair of the City and Guilds Group Foundation.

Contact us

If you would like more information about the Trustee Board, please contact the Stakeholder Engagement team