Our Governors

Our Board of Governors support the strategic growth of Innovative Alliance whilst overseeing the operational running of the business.
They work closely with our Senior Management Team to promote profitability, efficiencies and growth of the business.

Meet our Governors

carole carson - Innovative Alliance Board member

Carole Carson
Carole supports the businesses to drive strategic vision and support good growth. Bringing with her a wealth of experience from a range of training settings, Carole has a keen focus on the achievement of the operational and strategic business objectives.

Previously, Carole was Operations Director for the Shaw Trust and prior to that was Director of Employability at InTraining. She has also been recognised by Ofsted (ALI) as a Quality Champion and has over 20 years’ experience at Director and Senior Management level in both private and public-sector organisations.

Carole is a motivational leader, proficient in delivery management, with proven capability in managing complex operations; to achieve exceptional performance and profitable growth.

Sandra Kirkham

As Progress to Excellence Group Ltd MD, Sandra is always on hand to provide support whenever or wherever it is needed. Her role as Board Governor requires her to provide strategic direction and leadership as well as maximise performance and success within Innovative Alliance. As a board, Sandra believes that we must collectively manage risk and make transparent decisions to support the business, it’s employees, learners and employers.

Sandra has a wealth of experience within the education and training sector, having worked in this industry for over 20 years. She believes that the following continuous improvement challenges are essential drivers for her role as a Governor:

  • Maximising performance and success
  • Ensuring accountability and compliance
  • Promoting values and behaviours that safeguard learners and employees.
Sandra Kirkham - Governor - Innovative Alliance
Lynn Lock - Governor - Innovative Alliance

Lynn Lock

Lynn has over 25 years proven expertise in business development and sales, with extensive knowledge of Work Based Learning, Welfare to Work, apprenticeships and the relevant funding streams available. She is used to operating at director level within major national employer organisations, which cover a diverse range of industries including international blue-chip companies.

As well as being on the board of Innovative Alliance, she is also on the board of the Progress to Excellence Group. In both roles she takes a strategic approach towards driving the business growth, both regionally and nationally.

Oliver Barkes

Oliver has worked as an Accountant and Corporate Treasurer for a number of companies including WPP Group and Avery Dennison and was Group Treasurer of Polestar. He has also worked as a Finance Director/Consultant in the education sector for the last 10 years. Oliver is a full member of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Oliver’s role includes taking a strategic approach towards the financial operations of Innovative Alliance, supporting a growth strategy and commercial success.

Oliver Barkes - Governor - Innovative Alliance
Leanne Tutill - Governor - Innovative Alliance

Leanne Tutill

Leanne has worked in the financial sector for 15 years, and brings to the Board a wealth of financial experience and knowledge. Leanne’s particular area of expertise is ensuring a business is operating effectively and efficiently, by monitoring and improving internal controls.

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