Our Team

Chairman - Professor Tony Ward

Chairman – Tony Ward

Tony is Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Electronics at the University of York. His research interests are in engineering education, including what skills (specifically generic skills) graduates need; how these are developed and how they can be meaningfully assessed. The concept for Skillsforge emerged from research undertaken over the past 15 years and continues to be a research theme. Skillsforge is a solution founded on relevant Postgraduate Skills development and general training provision procedures from a practitioner’s perspective – with the objective of making them operationally effective and efficient.

CEO – Gary Fawcett

Gary has been involved in the design, sale and delivery of complex technology solutions for over 20 years.  Having been employed at KPMG and Dell Perot Systems his delivery ethos is consultative and he seeks to deliver significant benefits to all of SkillsForge’s clients.  He views SkillsForge as a very exciting solution that can deliver significant improvements to chosen outcomes, reduce clients’ operating costs and support significant growth in student numbers.

CTO – Jonathan Carr

As one of the founders of SkillsForge Jonathan has been delivering skills and management solutions across a variety of sectors for over 15 years. He works closely with customers to help them realise the full benefits of SkillsForge, building on years of studying best practice and translating between the real and digital worlds. He remains actively involved in the development and support of the SkillsForge platform.

Dick Whittington

Dick is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and investor, focusing on the software industry and digital marketplaces, with over 30 years of experience in business.

A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dick is active within its highly-successful Enterprise Hub, which invests in and supports businesses that exploit exciting technology innovations.  He is also a mentor and angel investor within London and regional technology accelerator programmes. Since 2015, he has been Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at the University of York, where he has developed and delivered a well-respected course in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship for students and staff.

Dick joined the SkillsForge Board in April 2017 at an exciting time, as the company develops its ambitious plans for future growth and achievement.

Board Director – Jeff Eaves

Jeff is the University of York’s business development manager for Physical Sciences, he helps researchers to take their work to the wider world through collaborative research, licensing and setting up spin out companies. Prior to joining the University, Jeff worked in the for profit sector for around twenty five years, his experience includes:
– CEO of a chemistry based spin out company from the University of Leeds
– Relationship Director for an early stage venture capital company
– Director at big four accountancty firm carrying out commercial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
– Product manager for a range of synthetic lubricants for an international chemical company

Senior Security Specialist – Dan Turner

Senior Development Specialist – Stephen Bentley

Senior Development Specialist – Alex Williams

Alex is a lead development specialist for SkillsForge, and spends a normal day consulting on problems and building solutions. He has a masters degree in software engineering and a background in web technologies, system administration and automation. His pare time is normally spent in a swimming pool or experimenting with rocket simulations.

Development Specialist – Philip Drew

Development Specialist – Vincent Thenoz

Senior Development Specialist – Carmen Strode

Carmen is a senior development specialist for SkillsForge with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction. She has a PhD in web accessibility and a background in web application development.

Development Specialist – Rachel Byrom

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