Announcing Two New Trustees on the WIG BoardWe are delighted to welcome Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works and Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WordSkills UK onto the WIG Board of Trustees. Their wealth of experience, both in their current roles leading not-for-profit organisations, and previously across the sectors, adds to the already impressive line up of senior leaders we count as Trustees.
Read their profiles below. The find out more about WIG's Board of Trustees and our Patrons, please visit this page.
Chief Executive Officer, Smart WorksSmart Works
Kate Stephens is CEO of Smart Works, a UK charity that dresses and coaches unemployed and marginalised women before their job interview.
During her tenure, Smart Works has grown from being a London only charity to a national organisation, helping almost 20,000 women from eight centres across the UK. After visiting Smart Works, 65% secure a job within a month, allowing them to gain financial independence, improve their life chances and start a new chapter. Smart Works was named Social Action Charity of the Year in 2017 and was honoured to announce the patronage of the Duchess of Sussex in 2019. Having spent 15 years in senior roles in consultancy, Kate combines senior private sector experience with a passion for the entrepreneurial, dynamic and inspirational charity sector, learnt first as Trustee, Vice Chair and then Chair of a leading family charity and now as CEO of Smart Works.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE
Chief Executive, WorldSkills UKWorldSkills UK
Neil joined WorldSkills UK in November 2015. Neil was previously Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI, the UK’s premier business organisation, where he worked for 12 years at the highest level of the business and government interface nationally and internationally on issues such as trade and investment, diversity, skills and employment, public services reform, climate change and infrastructure development. Neil is a trustee of The Whitehall & Industry Group, a member of the advisory council for the IPA employment think tank and the independent member of the social inclusion committee at Warwick University. He was also the former CEO of OUTstanding, a business network for LGBT leaders and their allies, and former deputy chair of Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity. He holds a PhD in race equality in the workplace and was awarded an OBE for services to diversity and inclusion in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. In 2019, Neil was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University for services to STEM education.