Webinar Facilitators

Paul Warner, Webinar Chair

Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers  

Having been a specialist recruitment consultant to the defence industry for six years, Paul started in the post-16 sector in 1993 working on Training for Work contracts for TBG Learning. He subsequently took on a variety of related operational and senior management roles, culminating in a successful tenure as Director of Business Development. On leaving TBG he worked as a consultant for a time, including a spell managing WBL delivery at Barking College in East London, before joining AELP in September 2003 where he now oversees all aspects of operational and policy delivery, particularly concentrating on the alignment of the skills and employability agendas. Paul holds a First Class Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Keele, and an MA in Post-Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Sheffield. He is a Director of the Institute of Employability Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Married with one daughter, hailing from the New Forest but living in Essex, he lists his hobbies as rock music, amateur dramatics and karate.



Claire Cummings 

Consumer Services Partnership Manager, Skills Funding Agency

Claire works as Consumer Services Partnership in the Skills Funding Agency. She worked in the National Apprenticeship Service as a manager of the Apprenticeship vacancies team from 2009 until 2014. She has worked with both training providers and employers to support them in posting vacancies and attracting candidates. In her current role, Claire manages the promotion of vacancies through social media, texting and e-shot activities.