The Skills Advisory Panel was launched in 2019 and marks a evolution and acceleration of skills and employment activity within the Heart of the South West. The SAP has provided an opportunity for local partners commitment to working together to advance skills delivery and achievement, and to align behind key opportunities and needs. The Heart of the South West Local Skills Report was launched on 31 March 2021.

The Skills Advisory Panel supersedes the HotSW People Leadership Group , which was formed in 2014, brought together public, private and business representative to agree shared skills and employment objectives for the area’s Strategic Investment Plan, and direct the emerging European Social Fund and FE Capital Programmes. With partners active in developing and implementing a range of programmes and shared projects across the area.

The Role and Purpose of the panel

  • Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) fulfil their local leadership role in the skills system by helping them understand their current and future skills needs and labour market challenges. Local partnerships aim to strengthen the link between public and private sector employers, local authorities, colleges and universities. They reflect the geography of the Local Industrial Strategies and are led by the local body leading on the area’s Local Industrial Strategy.
  •  Joint working and collaboration on skills matters between business, providers and public sector partners, with extensive experience in taking forward shared projects and ambitions around skills and employment matters.


Skills blueprint

Terms of Reference

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Membership list

Download list of members of the Skills Advisory Panel here >

Declaration of interest

Andy Berry Declaration of Interest >
Carl Wyard Declaration of Interest >
Chris Young Declaration of Interest >
Jackie Grubb Declaration of Interest >
Joanne Caine Declaration of Interest >
Laurence Frewin Declaration of Interest >
Lee Tozer Declaration of Interest >
Mark Shepherd Declaration of Interest >
Michael Green Declaration of Interest >
Mike Matthews Declaration of Interest >
Nora Corkery Declaration of Interest >
Paul Turner Declaration of Interest >
Sean Mackney Declaration of Interest >
Sharron Robbie Declaration of Interest >
Stuart Elford Declaration of Interest >
Tony Skeel Declaration of Interest >

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Research reports

 A number of research reports have been produced and commissioned by the LEP and our partners.  To view the reports, please click here.

Find out more about Skills Strategy and Reporting >

Meeting documentation

2021 Meetings

2020 Meetings

2019 Meetings