The Commissioners

The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission is composed of HRH The Princess Royal and ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community.

The Commission is chaired by Pat Stringfellow MBE, who is also a Trustee of City and Guilds of London Institute. The Commissioners met on 13 July 2016 and awarded 33 organisations from a wide range of sectors.

Reflecting on the Commissioners meeting, Pat said: ‘The clear message we have seen emerging from the Princess Royal Training Awards is that making a strategic link between your investment in training and alignment with your business goals can lead to amazing outcomes.  I would like to congratulate all the successful applicants and encourage them to share their stories and their success.’

Read the Commissioner's Report 2016

Pat Stringfellow MBE HonFCGI

Pat Stringfellow is a business leader and HR specialist having spent over 20 years working at board level in blue chip companies such as Marks & Spencer, Lex Service and Rentokil Initial. Pat has successfully managed businesses in challenging and competitive environments in the UK, Europe and parts of Asia. She has also improved business performance by investing in the development of directors and managers to raise the calibre and capability of leadership teams.

Pat now works on a freelance basis with business leaders and management teams to ensure organisations are high performing. Her work ranges from business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions to organisational change and leadership development including coaching and mentoring for high performance. She works with a range of clients across a wide number of sectors including service companies, distribution, charities, education, pharmaceuticals and oil exploration. Her professional style is highly positive and motivational with an ability to get to the heart of a situation quickly and pragmatically. She has high personal credibility and is well respected by business leaders who work with her as a sounding board and confidant.

She has a degree in Business Studies and an MBA as well as being a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). In 2003 she was awarded an MBE for her services to training through her many years of working with the National Training Awards (NTA) which she chaired and was a great advocate for. She is also a Councillor and Honorary Fellow of The City and Guilds of London Institute and a Non-Executive Director of Corps Security.

Pat enjoys her spare time taking in the outdoors, walking, sailing, and achieving self- sufficiency in the garden. She is married to David and lives in Gloucestershire, working across the country as well as further afield.

Ann Brown

Ann is Head of People at KPMG, supporting the UK firm to enable all of our people to be truly extraordinary.  The Millennial population at KPMG are significant to joining through graduate apprentice and school leaver entry programmes creating a truly multi-generational workforce.

Ann is also supporting KPMG’s ambition as a truly inclusive and knowledge rich organisation, developing new skills and capabilities to support our evolving market.

Ann is a City and Guilds of London Institute Council member, Business in the Community Advisory Board and is a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She actively supports university and school initiatives to encourage women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Ann has received industry recognition and awards for both internal innovation and externally as a driving force in the development of youth skills in the IT industry, including the development of Higher Apprenticeship programme standards. She took Nationwide to being top 5 in the Times Top Employers category, a 4 times winner in the Times where Women Want to Work.  KPMG is top 10 in the Stonewall Index for Inclusive Employers.

Peter Cheese

Peter is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.  He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, and the broader issues of leadership, culture, people and skills.

Peter is also a member of the Board of BPP University and of the Advisory Board for the Open University Business School. He holds an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of AHRI, the Australian HR Institute, a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Jenny Taylor

Jenny Taylor is responsible for IBM UK's Graduate, Apprenticeship and Intern programmes; managing recruitment, career management, development of education programmes and finance and operations for the schemes. This involves working across the full spectrum of IBM's business lines, managing Early Professionals in business, technology, consulting and sales roles. These programmes have won multiple awards, including an inaugural Princess Royal Training Award in 2016.

Jenny is Chair of the Tech Partnership Digital Apprenticeship Standards and Degree Apprenticeships Employer steering groups and plays a leading part in the development of Trailblazer standards. She actively supports initiatives to create skills for the digital economy including girls’ schools outreach, STEM and employability skills for young people. Jenny has received industry recognition for her mentoring and inspirational leadership.

Jenny has appeared on national TV and radio to discuss career and education opportunities for young people. She is a graduate of the University of Liverpool where she read History.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is Group Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, a leader in global skills development. The Group includes City & Guilds, ILM, The Oxford Group, Digitalme, Gen2 and Kineo.

Chris plays a prominent role in driving the national and international skills agenda – something he has personal experience of as he followed the vocational education path himself. He is a member of the Business in the Community Employment and Skills Leadershp team and a Governor at the Activate Learning group of colleges.

Before joining the City & Guilds Group, Chris held several senior management positions in Pearson and Reed Elsevier.

Martin Jones

Martin Jones is Managing Director of Home Instead Senior Care in the UK.  Martin’s role is to deliver the company’s mission to change the face of ageing by establishing Home Instead as the UK’s most admired care company and an employer of choice within the sector.

Martin joined Home Instead Senior Care in 2011, after taking a sabbatical to care for his father who had become seriously ill. Martin experienced first-hand the varied and sometimes poor levels of care in the UK and wanted to join an environment where he could help to make a difference to the lives of other older people and their families. Under Martins leadership Home Instead Senior Care has grown to a network of 190 franchise offices, delivering over 5m hours of care each year to over 9,000 clients.

Alongside his passion to support families to enable their loved ones live independently at home he is dedicated to providing job opportunities that are fulfilling and which make best use of peoples’ skills and experience.

Martin is also a member of Business in the Community’s Age at Work leadership team, championing the role of older workers. He is committed to recruiting older people, not only because they have so much in common with Home Instead clients but have a wealth of skills and experience to offer.

Carmen Watson

Carmen Watson has established herself as one of the UK’s most successful recruitment leaders. She joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and, by the age of 24, was running a £5m business as branch manager at Wolverhampton. Entering the boardroom as Commercial Director in 1983, Dudley-born Carmen became instrumental in the rise of Pertemps. During the period 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the formation of a corporate business team. Turnover grew tenfold from £32m in just over a decade to £323m. The serious scaling-up of the business during this time also saw Pertemps double its branch footprint across the UK.

Recognising her talent for generating big profits and fostering rewarding client relationships, in the year 2000 Carmen was promoted to the position of Managing Director and then Chairperson in 2012. In 2015 she was named one of the most powerful female figures in the Global Staffing Industry.

Her passion and commitment is not only reserved for recruitment. A long-term supporter of diversity in the workplace, Carmen is now one of the foremost speakers on women in the boardroom and has been a prominent figure in the ground-breaking campaign by Lord Davies to increase the number of women who are in decision-making roles.