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Peter Cooper

Chairman
Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper

Chairman

In 1984 Peter set-up Seetec, as an ITeC, with funding from the DTI, MSC, Essex and Rochford Councils and with the private sector sponsors – Access, British Telecom, ICL and Sony. Based in Hockley, Essex, it provided intensive 12-month training programmes for unemployed trainees and later adults, leading to careers in programming, personal computing and electronics.

As a founder of Seetec, over 35-years he has grown the business from six staff members to over 2,000 and to a turnover of £150m. Seetec is now one of the leading public and business service providers of skills, employment, health and offender rehabilitation across the UK and Ireland. Over the years he has led a diversified portfolio of businesses as a computer reseller, software house in health informatics, open learning and TBT. He is passionate about CSR and supporting ‘fringe charities’, local communities, their environment, conservation of woodlands and heritage assets.

He has been privileged to work with a superb management team, passionate co-founders and dedicated employees who share the same spirit and passion for improving people’s lives. From the beginning, employee ownership and a culture of creating profit for social value, has sat at the heart of the business. As Chairman, extending employee ownership has been a long-term ambition.

John Baumback

Group Chief Executive Officer
John Baumback

John Baumback

Group Chief Executive Officer

John joined Seetec in 1984 as a YTS trainee studying COBOL Programming, the leading business language of the day. Following his traineeship, for the next 6 years he taught programming and a number of IT disciplines to hundreds of local trainees. Seeing first hand the impact that learning and development has on individuals’ life chances has been a strong influencing factor across the rest of his career.

Since 2015, as Group Chief Executive Officer, John has led on a number of significant transformational changes to the business. He oversaw the mobilisation, transition and transformation of the CRC from a public sector organisation into one of the leading private probation organisations in the UK. Recently, John led the team on the MoJ negotiations for the acquisition of the South West CRC contracts.

The breadth and depth of John’s knowledge across all areas of the business gained through his 35 years tenure has enabled him to form and develop an experienced and diverse senior team that are committed to Seetec’s culture, values and delivering its strategic vision. His innate understanding of the complexity of external operating environment has been pivotal to the changes of the Group’s Commercial, Financial, Risk and Corporate Governance frameworks to support the Business’ growth aspirations and the next stage’s development.

Ian Porée

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Porée

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Porée joined Seetec in June 2020 as Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for all areas of operational delivery, as well as strategic growth. As Chief Executive, Ian is also responsible for key Group level corporate functions such as commercial, digital and technology and public affairs. He is focused on further embedding the principles and values of employee ownership across the business.

Prior to joining Seetec, Ian has held senior executive roles in the public and private sector, with accountability for commissioning and contract management, transformation programmes, as well as business and technology outsourcing services.

Ian has a proven track record of leading innovation and change, shaping markets and making an impact through leading technology enabled change in complex operating environments across multiple geographies. He is experienced in executive and ministerial level stakeholder and partner management across public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Ian is passionate about improving social justice, unlocking people’s potential and helping those who need it most. He is committed to enhancing what the Business does to promote and engage in more activities that deliver greater social value.

Lesley Barry

Group Finance and Corporate Services Director
Lesley Barry

Lesley Barry

Group Finance and Corporate Services Director

A qualified accountant, Lesley joined Seetec in 2002. She is responsible for strategic financial management across the Group, helping to drive value for money, performance and supporting the sustainable new business through pricing and commercial due diligence. Lesley is also responsible for the management of the Group’s property portfolio.

In a career spanning 40 years, Lesley has worked almost exclusively in an owner managed business, with exposure to all aspects of financial management, from bookkeeping to leading on acquisitions and disposals. She has always been close to the business-end of the organisations she has worked for.

She has spent a few years as an operations director with responsibility for delivering financial targets, as well as contract delivery and staff management.

With the majority of her career spent in the training industry, Lesley has seen first-hand the impact that addressing barriers to progression in life has, not only on individuals, but their families and particularly their children. Passionate about equality of opportunity for everyone, she recognises that limited resources must be deployed where they can have most impact and generate maximum value for money.

Neil Bates

Managing Director, Seetec Outsource
Neil Bates

Neil Bates

Managing Director, Seetec Outsource

As Managing Director of Seetec Outsource Neil is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the skills, apprenticeships and workforce training division of the Seetec Group.

Neil has over 35 years’ experience working within technical and professional education and skills. He spent 30 years as Chief Executive and Principal of PROCAT, the UK’s first new College of Advanced Technology, and is a former Chairman of the AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers).

Neil is a member of the City & Guilds Council, and in 2014 he was awarded Fellowship of The City & Guilds of London Institute in recognition of outstanding professional and personal achievements, which include founding the first Technical Trust school in the UK and raising £56 million of investment in three centres for advanced technical education. In 2019 he succeeded Lord Baker, the former Education Secretary, as Chairman of the Edge Foundation, one of the UK’s leading education charities dedicated to improving education for young people.

Neil is passionate about realising the economic and social potential of people and businesses through enhanced skills, training and qualifications. He is committed to working with industry to develop a talent and skills agenda that enables businesses to prosper while empowering individuals to build brighter futures.

Suki Binning

Executive Director, Justice and Social Care
Suki Binning

Suki Binning

Executive Director, Justice and Social Care

Suki led KSS CRC through its transition to the private sector. Suki has amassed over 22 years of experience working in probation and is a passionate advocate for its role in protecting the public and helping people to turn away from crime.

Under her leadership, government inspectors judged KSS CRC in 2017 to be “performing well”. In 2018, the area became the first in the UK to launch an academic research unit for probation work, drawing on probation and academic expertise to evaluate what works to reduce individuals reoffending.

Suki is a qualified probation officer and has previously worked at the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service (now called HMPPS) and inspectorate on national policy and standards

Chris Harrison

Executive Director, Employability and Health
Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

Executive Director, Employability and Health

Chris joined Seetec in 2018 as Director of Operations serving as group board lead for our employability business line.

He has over 15 years’ experience in the employability sector and has held senior operational and commercial positions for some of the UK’s leading business services providers.

Chris started his employability career as an employment advisor at Brent Council, going on to work in operational and business development roles, across employability, skills and justice, in the public, private and voluntary sector.

Chris is passionate about working in and supporting a sector that truly makes a difference to the lives of individuals, their families and communities. Additionally, he is also the chair of Genius Within, a community interest company that support people with neurodiversity and disabilities. In addition he is a trustee of ADD-vance, a local ADHD/autism charity based in Hertfordshire.

Karl Milne

Executive Director, Ireland
Karl Milne

Karl Milne

Executive Director, Ireland

Karl became Executive Director for Seetec Employment & Skills Ireland (SESI) in January 2020. Prior to that he was an Operations Director with Seetec since their entry to the Irish market in April 2015 to deliver the JobPath employability contract.

Karl is proud of the impact Seetec has made on the communities it serves in Ireland through the JobPath contract, the first of its scale and type commissioned in the country. He’d like to support the SESI team in becoming a long term valued partner for commissioners delivering essential services to communities in Ireland.

He has held senior operations roles in multiple sectors including cinema, entertainment retail and retail pharmacy. His own experience of redundancy and unemployment when Xtra-vision was sold by Blockbuster in 2010 drew him to the sector when the opportunity arose.

Karl has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin which he enhanced with an MBA from Dublin City University.

Stuart Canning

Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate Governance
Stuart Canning

Stuart Canning

Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate Governance

Stuart joined the group in 2017 initially serving as Commercial Director. Since June 2019 he has also assumed the Director of Corporate Governance position. Across both roles, he is tasked with drafting and negotiating on any type of agreement across the business and assessing its risk, contractual compliance and legality of contracts. In addition he is tasked with the strategic management of Company Secretary activities and overall contract governance of the Group.

He has accumulated 20 years experience of negotiating, managing and delivering large and complex contracts with both customers and suppliers. This has been accrued working with large companies such as Capita, BT Global Services and Accenture.

Priya Javeri

Executive Director of Digital and Technology Services

Priya Javeri

Executive Director of Digital and Technology Services

Priya has over 24 years of experience working in Public Sector IT, mainly in Local London Authorities. 

Priya has recently joined Seetec in June 2021.  In her role, Priya is responsible for Digital & Technology Services.  Her experience includes managing shared IT services as a Director of Technology & Innovation and most recently as an interim CIO at Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea/ Westminster City Councils.

Priya is passionate about delivering service transformation through technology.  Having qualified as a Pharmacists, she entered the IT world due to her fascination for technology and started her IT career as an Analyst Programmer.  Her passion to use technology to improve quality of people’s lives meant she pursued her career in public sector to achieve better outcomes for residents.  Throughout her career she has focussed on delivering innovative projects that helped transform service delivery, deliver savings, and improve customer experience.   Some of the key projects included working with the Olympics Delivery Authority to provide ICT service for their Planning service and rollout of the boroughwide superfast broadband for an East London Borough to tackle digital exclusion.

Her ambition in her role at Seetec is to help deliver its social values whilst driving better outcomes through use of digital.

Sasha Ashton

Group HR Director
Sasha Ashton

Sasha Ashton

Group HR Director

Sasha is responsible for the design and implementation of the Group’s People Strategy that supports the overarching strategic aims of the organisation. Alongside this, she leads an HR team responsible for the delivery of a full range of HR functions.

Sasha holds an LLB (Hons) and is a committed HR professional. With over 20 years’ experience of partnering with executive and leadership teams, she is passionate about the positive impact an effective People Strategy can have on business performance. She has a proven track record in implementing extensive change management programmes in fast-paced, multi-site environments.

Prior to joining Seetec, she worked in businesses in both the private and public sectors. Sasha believes people are the heart of the organisation and that having the right people in the right roles, performing at their best is critical to business success.

Sally Gibbs

Director of Strategy and Growth

Sally Gibbs

Director of Strategy and Growth

Sally joined Seetec in May 2020 and has responsibility for group-wide strategy development and business growth with the aim of enabling Seetec to support more individuals and communities to take ownership over their lives and achieve their full potential.

Graduating with a degree in Politics with Economics during the 2008 recession, Sally initially struggled to get a job but was driven to find a role that had a positive impact on society. She found her way into a business development team in the employability sector and became passionate about the opportunity to develop and design services that support people to not only secure employment but also to develop their confidence and independence.

Sally now has over 12 years’ business development experience and a strong track record of establishing winning teams and developing and implementing effective business development and governance processes. She has successfully secured large scale contracts and grants for a number of leading private and voluntary sector public service providers across the employability, health, skills, justice and social care markets.

As well as strategy development, Sally’s role at Seetec includes leading the Strategy and Growth directorate who have responsibility for strategic partnerships and solutions, bid management and commercial modelling. Sally is passionate about authentic leadership and believes in a values driven approach to business growth.

Joel Charles

Director of Policy, Communications and Public Affairs

Joel Charles

Director of Policy, Communications and Public Affairs

For over ten years, Joel has managed, delivered and led on policy, impact and public affairs activity in a range of roles.

He is experienced in working with Ministers, Parliamentarians, commercial partners and other stakeholders in the development and execution of public policy.

After reading politics at university, Joel worked for an MP, moving to a law and order organisation, and then a UK charity helping disabled people into work. For over three years, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of a national health and adult social care charity which also launched an Innovation Fund to invest in early-stage healthtech ventures.

In his current role at Seetec, Joel leads the employee-owned business group’s marketing and external communications function in the UK and Ireland. Joel draws on his extensive political experience to develop public policy ideas and further the business group’s ambitions to promote the wider inclusion agenda. He stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the last General Election and is currently the Deputy Leader of a district council, with specific responsibilities for strengthening community resilience.

Joel has a great deal of experience and a passion for championing causes that matter most to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. He believes Seetec is well-placed to aid the economic and social recovery from COVID-19 and empower people to achieve their life ambitions.

Annemarie Naylor

Director of Innovation

Annemarie Naylor

Director of Innovation

Annemarie joined the Seetec group in 2021 as Director of Innovation where she has overarching responsibility for data and analytics, research and innovation.

She was formerly Director of Policy and Strategy at Future Care Capital – a national charity that used evidence-based research to advocate for improvements in the use of data and technology in health and social care – where she contributed to the work of the SAGE Care Advisory Group during the COVID-19 pandemic, served as an expert advisor to the National Data Guardian, Wellcome Trust and University of Liverpool. She also secured and directed leading-edge work commissioned by parliamentarians, NHSX, the Health Foundation and University of Oxford.

Annemarie benefits from 15 years policy and programme management experience in local, regional and central government as well as having been a senior manager in national third sector organisations. On secondment to the Cabinet Office, she contributed to the work of its ICT Futures team, implementing spend controls in relation to high-level ICT procurement decisions on behalf of the National Technology Advisor. Annemarie’s work to enable the transfer of publicly owned land and buildings to charities and social enterprises and to enshrine community rights in legislation resulted in invitations to speak in New Zealand, South Korea and the Netherlands as well as to her being awarded an MBE.

Annemarie subsequently founded an innovative start-up which provided support for digital asset and enterprise developers within the community sector and spear-headed efforts to raise the profile of data and platform cooperatives. She also established the Common Libraries initiative as a test-bed for innovators in library services which culminated in receipt of an international OuiShare Award and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex.

Ann-Marie Conway

Associate Director - Employee Ownership

Ann-Marie Conway

Associate Director - Employee Ownership

Ann-Marie joined Seetec in 1999 initially heading its HR department and is part of the team that has seen it grow from a small regional business to a large employee owned public and business service provider. 

She now leads the organisation’s employee ownership strategy, working closely with colleagues to bring ownership to life.  Her focus is to enable every colleague to influence the direction of the business and work together for the benefit of the people and communities that Seetec serves.

Ann-Marie is a qualified HR professional and has more than 27 years’ experience across a range of sectors including retail and financial services.  Her areas of HR expertise include organisational change, wide-scale restructures, complex TUPE transfers, employee engagement and internal communications.  She has a Humanities degree from University of Exeter, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (University of East London) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and the Institute of Employability Professionals

Ann-Marie was delighted when Seetec made the move to employee ownership, seeing it as a natural progression of its core values.  Ann-Marie believes that it is a logical step for Seetec employees to have ownership of the business, given Seetec helps people to take ownership and responsibility over their lives.

David Reynolds

Non Executive Director
David Reynolds

David Reynolds

Non Executive Director

A vastly experienced Chartered Accountant, David worked in the City of London until 1974 when he took a position in Industry with a large manufacturing company.

After several promotions he became Chief Accountant for National Plastics Limited, a subsidiary of Courtaulds Limited (now Akzo Nobel). In 1979 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and he returned to private practice until his retirement in June 2012. He has continued to work as a part-time consultant with Goldwyns since retirement.

After working with the organisation in a professional capacity, David joined the Seetec Board in March 2015 as a Non Executive Director. He chairs the Finance, Pay and Renumeration and Audit, Risk and Assurance Committees.

David has always used his skills and expertise to support his local and business community; this includes in his capacity as member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Rochford, member and former Trustee of the Rochford and Rayleigh Citizens Advice Bureau and Treasurer (and Chairman in 2000) since 1994 of the Rochford Business Luncheon Club.