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

Guest panellist:

Stephen ElliottChief Executive - Chemical Industries Association

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:

Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development.  In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment.   Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006.

Prior to his career with CIA, he spent fifteen years working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a UK/South African trade advisory body and Crown Agents as an international trade policy and promotion specialist, as well as in general consulting with the BPI Group.

Steve is currently a member of the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Strategic Forum and he also chairs Building a Safer Future Ltd – an organisation charged with driving leadership and culture change in the construction industry’s response to the Grenfell tragedy.  Steve sits on the Board of the Involvement and Participation Association (an employee relations think-tank), is a trustee of the chemical industry’s training body, CogentSkills, and chairs the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Communications Network.