Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network

The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) champions apprenticeships and diversity amongst employers and encourages more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, to consider apprenticeships.

The network supports the government’s commitment to increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people from BAME backgrounds by 20% by 2020.

Helen Grant MP, has been appointed as Chair of the network, and is responsible for setting and shaping the network’s objectives, working alongside the National Apprenticeship Service.

Members of the network include:

  • Darren Perkins, Bristol City Council
  • Arit Eminue, DiVA
  • Elaine Billington/ Philippa Walton, United Utilities
  • Lucy Collins / Jude Davison, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Janice Clark, Enterprise rentals Business Support
  • Ejaz Hussain, Telematics Business Solutions Ltd
  • Daood Akram, Minority Business Engagement HUB
  • Mark Donnelly, BAE Systems
  • Paul Broadhead, Rolls Royce
  • Ilyas Patel, Ilyas Patel Accountancy Services
  • Marcus Hutchings/Paul Burch, The Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • Katie Stafford/Sasha Hanratty, NG Bailey
  • Claire Paul, BBC
  • Carla Butler, Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd
  • Abdul Alim, Offer Moments
  • Nayaz Qazi, Sunmark
  • Tony Ellender, Balfour Beatty
  • Hannah Marsh, ISG
  • Jodie Williams, Yorkshire Water
  • Brian Culleton, Asda
  • Katie Nightingale, Kier Group
  • Shaun Meekins, Barclays
  • Kathryn Roberts, KPMG
  • Neil Bentley, WorldSkills UK
  • Kirk Lower, Health Education England
  • Gilmar Queiros, Staffordshire University
  • Joanne Gogerly, Siemens
  • Stephen Stewart, GSK
  • Annette Connor, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Michelle Place, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Caleb Wright / Sheena Griffiths, University of Birmingham
  • Laura Boswell, Channel 4
  • Yasir Iqbal, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lynne Swift, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Janet Glentworth, Creative Support
  • Heather Mclachlan and Miss N Sadiq, Washwood Heath Academy

Membership information and application form

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