An Employer View on Skills for Competence & Compliance - Hosted by Cogent Skills

Guest panellist:

Justine FoshChief Executive Officer - Cogent Skills

Time & Location

Wednesday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 3

Panel Session Overview

Your current workforce is your future workforce: how ready are your existing employees for the skills challenges you’ll face in the next 5-10 years?

In this session we will share the findings from our UK Chemical Industry Skills Survey and explore the potential impact of changes in materials and process technology, increased digitalisation, and the drive towards energy efficiency and improved environmental performance on the requirements for skills, knowledge and behaviours of science industry workforce.
Featured Panellists include:


  • Neil Smith – Head of Workforce Development, Cogent Skills (Host)
  • Stephen Elliott – Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association (CIA)
  • Justine Fosh – Chief Executive Officer at Cogent Skills
  • Graham Smith – Site Director at Emerald Kalama (LANXESS)

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Panellist bio:

Justine is a passionate advocate for the employer sector voice on skills.

A graduate in marketing and industrial relations, she operated in commercial roles in a range of FMCG and B2B companies including McCain Foods, Grolsch and Sara Lee before moving into the world of skills.

As Chief Executive, Justine established an employer led skills body and solutions provider in the food and drink sector, before moving to the role of CEO for Cogent Skills in May 2020.