Michael Davis


Michael Davis is the Chief Executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). UKCES is a government funded, industry-led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues across the UK. He previously held the position of Director of Strategy and Performance.

Before joining UKCES Michael was Managing Director of CFE. Based in the East Midlands, Michael led CFE for just under 10 years from a start up to becoming a national specialist in policy and programme management for skills, enterprise and economic development.

Whilst in the East Midlands Michael was also a non-exec director then investor and Chairman of Lastolite Ltd, a leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems for the photo and video industry. Michael was also Governor and then Chairman of Leicester College.

Michael graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Economics in 1994. His first years after university were a mix of working in accountancy, a new business start-up and then into business development and public policy.

Previous roles in government

  • Chief Executive