Our Senior Management Team

The FSP's Senior Management Team

Chairman  

 Trevor Matthews 

Chief Executive  

 Liz Field

Deputy CEO  

 Sarah Thwaites

Head of Education &  Careers  

 Jenny Barber 

Head of Finance, Operations & Performance  

 Sue Bottomley

 


 

Portrait of Trevor Matthews

Trevor Matthews

Chairman 

Financial Skills Partnership

In June 2011 it was announced that Trevor Matthews will be appointed CEO Aviva UK and join the board of Aviva Plc subject to FSA approval.

Prior to this Trevor held the position of CEO at Friends Life, having been there since July 2008. Trevor joined Friends Life from Standard Life Assurance Limited where he was Chief Executive for four years. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Japan from 2001 to 2004 and Executive Vice President of Canadian Operations and Chairman of Manulife Bank from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this, Trevor was General Manager of Personal Finance Services for National Australia Bank, 1996 to 1998, and Managing Director of Legal & General Assurance Holdings Australia Limited between 1989 and 1996.

Trevor was President of the Chartered Insurance Institute from July 2008 to July 2009. In 1997 he was President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

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Portrait of Liz Field

Liz Field

Chief Executive

Financial Skills Partnership

Liz has over 20 years experience in skills development and change programmes across banking, insurance, investment and non-financial sectors. She was CEO of the FSP's predecessor organisation, FSNTO which was merged with the Bank and Building Societies NTO and Insurance NTO, and was previously CEO of both these organisations. She was the Head of Organisational Development at Gerrard as part of the turnaround team which led to the incorporation of the business into Barclays Wealth. More recently she has run her own consultancy business helping a range of firms within the financial services and other sectors to implement change and business development programmes, and coaching senior executives. Throughout this time, she has continued to work within the qualifications arena with other skills focussed organisations.

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Portrait of Sarah Thwaites

Sarah Thwaites

Deputy CEO 

Financial Skills Partnership

Sarah joined the Skills Council as Director of Skills Development in August 2007 and in January 2011 was appointed Deputy CEO.

Sarah is responsible for drawing together all aspects of the FSP's work in relation to employer engagement, policy, careers, qualification standards, apprenticeships, national occupational standards, research and developing industry solutions designed to meet employers' needs in a fast changing environment. Sarah has the responsibility for the Retail Distribution Review, examination standards work and professionalism strand.

Prior to joining the FSP, Sarah was Manager of Industry Training for the Financial Services Authority, responsible for the development and implementation of the FSA's Training and Competence requirements. In this role Sarah was also responsible for training the industry on the FSA's rules through workshops, conferences and distance learning materials.

After gaining a BA (HONS) in History and Religious Studies, Sarah joined the insurance industry working for Friends Provident, where she gained her industry qualifications; ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute ), before joining the regulatory world in January 1995.

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Jenny Barber

Head of Education &  Careers  

Financial Skills Partnership

Jenny joined the FSP in February 2008, following 13 years working in careers guidance and student recruitment in schools, further education colleges and universities in London and the east of England. As part of these roles, Jenny developed work related learning curricula and managed work experience programmes for schools and colleges, in addition to developing education liaison strategies and mentoring programmes for large employers' corporate social responsibility agendas.  Jenny also has supported employers' recruitment initiatives, enabling firms to develop graduate training and school leaver programmes.

After achieving a BA (Hons) Education, Jenny successfully qualified as a Careers Adviser, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance.

 

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Sue Bottomley

Head of Finance, Operations & Performance 

Financial Skills Partnership

Sue joined the Skills Council in June 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of finance and operations at the FSP.

Sue has gained significant experience across the private and not-for profit sectors. Sue’s previous roles included Audit Manager at a major accountancy practice, Finance Adviser and Company Secretary for both private and not for profit companies, including education charities. Sue has also held positions as honorary treasurer and school governor at three local state schools.

After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Accounting, Sue qualified as an accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

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