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Director appointment marks milestone for National Skills Academy

06 Jan 2012

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has marked a major milestone in its development – the appointment of its first executive director, Dr Cathryn Hickey. The Skills Academy is a national network of accredited training providers, set up by SummitSkills in spring 2011 to enable the building services engineering sector to upskill its operatives and meet demand for environmental technologies. The appointment of its executive director puts the Academy firmly on the way to becoming an independent organisation and provides the strong direction it will need in order to improve the quality of training for employees across the sector.

Cathryn Hickey’s previous roles include operations director for SummitSkills, as well as roles with Learndirect and Shell UK. Her experience in strategic and operational leadership will guide the Skills Academy as it continues to strengthen its network of training providers and establish itself in the sector.

Keith Marshall OBE, chief executive of SummitSkills, said: “Cathryn has ably steered the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies through its difficult first months, so I am very pleased to see this appointment. Her vision for the organisation and drive to improve the standards of training suggest a bright future for the Academy and for the quality of environmental training in our sector.”

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has also recently appointed its first Board of Directors and its first Chair, Graham Manly. For more information about the Academy or its network of training providers, along with possible training discounts, visit

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