TechSkills appoints Lorna Willis as new CEO

TechSkills today announced the appointment of Lorna Willis as its new Chief Executive Officer. Lorna will replace Julian David who has been acting as Interim CEO since the departure of TechSkills’ previous CEO, Kelly Nicholls.

TechSkills, a subsidiary of the trade association techUK, is delighted to announce their new CEO, Lorna Willis.

TechSkills is a not-for-profit with the purpose to address the tech sector’s biggest challenge – access to skilled, diverse talent. Over 60 university and learning provider courses are now accredited as Tech Industry Gold (TIG), the employer-led industry accreditation managed by TechSkills. Working with over 400 employers to improve access to skilled and industry ready talent, TechSkills has enabled over 20,000 learners to begin and progress their careers in technology roles.

Lorna is an award-winning CEO who puts investment in people and talent at the heart of the organisations she’s worked for. She successfully led the transformation of Archant Community Media delivering new revenue, audience growth and improved staff retention and engagement, as well as leading on the creation of a learning organisation with the emphasis on integrating digital skills and capability.

Lorna has significant experience across a wealth of functions including strategy, transformation, sales, finance, marketing, fund raising and sponsorship, and will be the driving force to grow TechSkills and Tech Industry Gold accreditation to be the national standard for digital skills learning across the UK.

Lorna will begin her post today.

Lorna Willis, CEO of TechSkills, said:
“Business performance and growth is being stifled by the digital skills shortage, hampering the potential of individuals, business and the economy as a whole. There is an urgent need to invest and update the skills set across the entire UK, and Tech Skills will be a key part of the solution.  I am very much looking forward to leading the Tech Skills organisation and working closely with business, government and learning providers to continue the great work being done by the team to dramatically improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce, while opening up access to high value tech jobs.”   

Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Lorna Willis as the new CEO of TechSkills. Lorna brings with her a wealth of experience and results from her previous roles which perfectly match the responsibilities and expectations for the advancement of TechSkills. I know Lorna will cherish working with our Employers, Learning Providers, Students, Stakeholders and staff team as she guides TechSkills into its next era of growth.”