Tom Lovell named as Managing Director, Tech Partnership Degrees

Tom Lovell is named today as the new Managing Director Tech Partnership Degrees, effective 7th September 2020.

“Tom’s appointment heralds an exciting future for Tech Partnership Degrees. Building on his extensive track record of customer-focused business growth and innovation, Tom will work with employers and educators to help more people benefit from the outstanding employment and academic results of our existing programmes, and create new ways for individuals to develop the skills industry needs.”

Phil Smith CBE, Chair, Tech Partnership Degrees

“We are delighted that Tom is appointed as the new MD for the Tech Partnership Degrees. Armed with experience in technology, recruitment and education partnerships, Tom’s leadership of this techUK company will play a crucial role in enabling tech to power up the UK economy by stepping up our collective impact on the digital skills pipeline.”

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK

Following early roles managing small charity operations, Tom has held very broad ranging roles in Reed, developing particular expertise in working with employers and education. He created the technology-based graduate recruitment service which developed to become and, as Education Director in Reed Learning, was responsible for employability training and services for schools and colleges. His interest in addressing employers’ digital skills needs included developing the Reed Technology business, addressing emerging markets including Cybersecurity and IT consultancy. Over the past 13 years, Tom has held the roles of Group MD, UK MD and Global MD of Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd with responsibility for 2,000 people generating £1bn of revenue a year.

Commenting on his new role, Tom explained:

“Throughout my career, I have been driven by the desire to change lives for the better. Digital skills have never been more important for individuals and for organisations, and this unique role brings together my passion for helping people fulfil their potential with my career-long interests in technology, education and helping businesses grow. I am excited to be leading this small organisation with a big remit and massive opportunity to make a difference.”

Tech Partnership Degrees is a not-for-profit organisation which brings together employers and Higher Education Institutions to strengthen the flow of talent into digital careers. As announced on 1st July 2020, it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of techUK on 1st October 2020.  Tom will be accountable to the Board of Tech Partnership Degrees and a member of the techUK Senior Management Team.

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About Tech Partnership Degrees

Employer-led and not-for-profit, Tech Partnership Degrees unites employers and Higher Education Institutions to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce. It is responsible for Tech Industry Gold, the industry accreditation for digital and tech degrees and degree apprenticeships.

Tech Industry Gold programmes are designed to meet employer defined standards and are actively supported by employers in their delivery. They integrate industry-relevant academic learning with the technical, business and interpersonal skills needed to excel in digital careers.

The Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board comprises senior executives from Accenture, Air Products, Amazon, Bain & Company, Barclaycard, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, the Department for Work and Pensions, Equanimity, Fujitsu, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, NHS Digital, Quicksilva, SAS, Tata Consultancy Services and VMware.

About techUK

techUK is a membership organisation that brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve. It collaborates across business, government and stakeholders to fulfil the potential of technology to deliver a stronger society and more sustainable future.

techUK has over 850 companies in its membership, collectively they employ more than 700,000 people. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of its members are small and medium sized businesses.