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

Panel Session Host

Neil SmithHead of Workforce Development - 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)

*check for further updates to panellist line up

Panel Host Bio:

Neil is a  founder member of the Process Safety Management Competence Programme Board, and took a leading role in the development of the UK’s PSM Skills Strategy, supporting the development of the PSM training standards and assuring the programme is supported with the highest quality training provision since the establishment of the PSM programme in 2010. Neil continues to provide ongoing support to the PSM Competence Programme Board and Expert Panel.

Working in partnership with Cogent Skills expert training partners, Neil also leads the development of tailored and bespoke PSM training solutions for employers both within the UK and internationally, with clients including National Grid, Unilever, GSK, Tata Steel, British Steel, Centrica and Johnson Matthey.

Neil also leads the Cogent Skills team that supports businesses to evaluate and improve their approach to workforce competency management and supporting their development of sustainable competence management systems.