FEATURE PRESENTATIONS & PANEL SESSION – Hosted by CATCH
Resilient Process Industry Skills for the Future
Time & Location
Wednesday: 15.00 to 16.00, Stage 3
Session Host: David TalbotCEO, CATCH
About this Session
The well documented skills gap in process manufacturing continues, but how are organisations responding to this and what strategies do they have in place to access the required skills and future proof their business?
CATCH is delighted to bring together an engaging skills panel of industry leaders to encourage lively debate and best practice sharing and who will provide an insight into resilient process industry skills for the future. Our experienced industry panel will also explore topics such as, green skills and job opportunities for the energy transition, strengthening diversity and inclusivity, and solutions and opportunities for through life development from apprenticeships to reskilling and training.
CATCH works with over 300 employers across the Yorkshire & Humber region, in sectors such as Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Cosmetics, Food & Drink, Energy and Pharmaceuticals, and its associated supply chain.
Visit us on stand K43.
Feature presentation themes:
- Moving to a more diverse organisation – Tracy Hughes, Operations Manager, Prax
- Fabricom’s plans to tackle the short, medium and long term skills shortage and how this can support clients and other contractors – Joe Hodgson, Head of business development, Engie Fabricom
- Cognitive diversity in teams – Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives because they think differently – Jenny Sutcliffe, Principal Consultant, Regulatory Affairs, P66
- Green Skills and job opportunities in the Energy Transition – A perspective from Zero Carbon Humber – Ian Livingston, Project Manager – Humber Cluster, Equinor
PLUS, additionally joining the round-up panel discussion:
- Ian Nunn, Apprenticeship Programme Manager – Syngenta
- Joe Castle, 2nd year apprentice – Syngenta
- James McIntosh, COO & Director of Skills – CATCH
David spent 21 years as an RAF officer specialising in logistics and training. He left the forces as a Squadron Leader in 2007 after an exciting career that included numerous operational deployments. On leaving the military David initially worked for Serco, providing the support services for RAF Cranwell and then running a multi-activity contract at RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows.
David took on a new role with TQ Education and Training Ltd (a Pearson company) in 2010, where he specialised in outsourced work based learning business development and operational delivery. In addition to being responsible for growing the business, David had a wide portfolio of activity ranging from delivering over 700 engineering apprenticeships a year to providing residential outdoor activity courses for community projects, corporate organisations and schools. He eventually moved on to work for BAE Systems as the Head of the Aircraft Maintenance Academy at Humberside airport, training the next generation of aircraft technicians working on fast jet aircraft for BAE’s military contracts within the UK and overseas.
The opportunity arose in late 2015 to lead the next phase in the development of CATCH and David took over as Chief Executive on 4 January 2016. CATCH is an industry led partnership that supports the process, energy, engineering and renewables industries. David is enjoying the challenge of engaging with stakeholders within the region, nationally and internationally, and supporting the CATCH members and wider network in supporting the UK’s Industrial Strategy and skills needs.