EAL announces new managing director

p8ealEAL has announced that a new managing director will be taking the helm at the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications.

Ann Watson, EAL’s current Managing Director, will be taking a 12 month secondment to Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, where she is taking up the post of Chief Operating Officer from 1 September 2013. Ann has been at EAL for the last eight years.

Julia Chippendale has been appointed to the post for the period of Ann’s secondment.

Julia has previously worked for both Semta and EAL. She re-joined EAL in March following a role as director of a building services company, which she helped to grow, despite the economic downturn, through securing high profile customers and long term contracts.

Julia joins as new figures show EAL is making great strides, capturing 74% of all engineering awarding across the country.

”I can’t wait to get started,” said Julia. “EAL is making great strides equipping thousands of learners with robust and industry relevant skills, in order to secure the talent pipeline for the science, engineering and manufacturing technologies sectors.”

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