Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group
As CEO, and as head of the Management Board, Chris' role is to set the strategic direction of the Group.
He plays a prominent role in driving the national and international skills agenda – something he has personal experience in, as he followed the vocational education path himself.
Since joining in 2008, he has led the City & Guilds Group through a period of significant growth, which has enabled further investment in the organisation.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2008
Previous industries: Publishing
Previous companies: LexisNexis, Pearson, Reed Elsevier
Director of Legal and Secretary to the Institute
David Miller is the Director of Legal and Secretary to the Institute. He also serves as the Data Protection Officer for the City & Guilds Group.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2002
Also serving as: Data Protection Officer
Previous industries: Law – specialising in technology and intellectual property
Previous companies: Taylor Wessing Solicitors
Relevant qualifications: History and French degree at Bristol and Bordeaux Universities; Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at London Guildhall University; Diploma in IT Telecoms Law at Queen Mary University of London
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Jim Conybeare-Cross is responsible for the financial management of the Group.
His primary role is ensuring business decisions are financially sound and also providing insight and analysis to shape strategy.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2011
Also responsible for: Support Services – including operations, IT, legal
Previous industries: Publishing, information, advertising, real estate, oil
Previous companies: Reed Elsevier, Pearson, Jones Lang LaSalle, DMB&B, Elf
Relevant qualifications: ACA (Chartered Accountant)
New Ventures Director
John Yates is responsible for managing a Venture Fund on behalf of the Group.
The fund supports innovation in skills education by investing in companies and entrepreneurs.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2010
Previous industries: Educational publishing (print and digital)
Previous companies: Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Cengage Learning. Also worked for the training company BPP.
Relevant qualifications: John Yates has an undergraduate degree, but firmly believes in the equal value of equivalent vocational qualifications and real work experience.
Kirstie Donnelly MBE
Managing Director, City & Guilds
Kirstie Donnelly leads the City & Guilds qualification, assessment and education services.
This includes working across colleges, training providers and a wide variety of stakeholders.
She also plays a major role in overseeing the City & Guilds apprenticeships offer. In 2014, Kirstie set up the City & Guilds Group's Industry Skills Board, bringing together a range of employers and sectors to inform the development of a quality model for apprenticeship reforms.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2011
Previous industries: E-learning, video arts, digital consultancy
Previous companies: Video Arts, learndirect, Manchester Training Education Council
Honours: Received an MBE in June 2011 for contributions to e-learning in the FE/adult learning sector
CEO of City & Guilds Kineo
Matt Johnson is responsible for all strategic, commercial and operational aspects of City & Guilds Kineo.
He brings, not only his strong digital and business-to-business expertise, but also extensive knowledge of multi-national corporations and a distinguished track record of international growth.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2014
Previous industries: Publishing, media/information, law
Previous companies: Cambridge University Press, Reed Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, CPA Global, DWF
Relevant qualifications: Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School; Strategy, Finance, Marketing at Manchester Business School
Group Strategy Director
Ellaway works with the Management Board to help strengthen the Group’s
impact and reach in the training and skills landscape.
A key focus of his role is growing the Group’s portfolio of commercially successful businesses by partnership and acquisition.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2009
Previous industries: Publishing, education
Previous companies: Harcourt Education, Reed Elsevier
Relevant qualifications: MBA from London Business School
Group Director of People & Organisation Development
Sharon Saxton works with the Management Board to implement major change
and expansion programmes, enabling achievement of both strategy and
Her role is also to ensure best practice is followed in all people-related matters.
Joined the City & Guilds Group: 2007
Previous industries: Media and entertainment, airline and aviation, travel, retail
Previous companies: Virgin Atlantic, The Walt Disney Company, British Airways, Debenhams
Relevant qualifications: Registered Henley Management College Executive Coach from Henley Business School