The Group currently has nine members, representing employers, training providers schools and public bodies. The group is led by employers, our Vice-Chairs represent the Hinkley Point C project and the wider Somerset economy.

Our Chair

Peter Livingstone, Director and Solicitor, Battens Solicitors and Chair, Institute of Directors, Somerset

Our Vice Chairs

Guy Hazlehurst, Workforce Development Director, EDF Energy Hinkley Point C

Phil Harris, Director, PJB Solutions and HR Consultant

Our Members

Rupert Cox, Chief Executive, Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Rod Davis, Managing Director, Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network

Richard Graydon, Executive Officer, Somerset Association of Secondary Heads (SASH)

David Hall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy

Lorraine Jackson, Southern Group Operational Lead,  Department for Work and Pensions

Patricia Marks, Chair, Federation of Small Businesses, Somerset

Employer Champions

Claire Waddon, Chief Executive, Care Focus South West

Caroline Grant, Group Resourcing Delivery Manager, Clarks

Anita Hayne, Director, Hayne Consulting and CIPD Chair West of England


Support to the group is provided by the Economy and Planning team at Somerset County Council. If you want to contact the Group please use the ‘Contact Us’ link.