Energy & Utility Skills Chair, Jan Ward CBE said:
“Nick gave us a commitment from the very start, to 5 years of dedicated effort, and he has done an outstanding job for Energy & Utility Skills, and as an advocate for all the workforce across the UK. He has taken the organisation from its primarily government funded sector skills council role 5 years ago, to being a fully commercially independent business that is now recognised and respected for its knowledge of human capital, and its ability to make change happen through trusted collaboration with central and devolved governments, policy makers, regulators, unions, utility companies and the supply chain. We want to wish Nick well for the future and thank him for his tireless efforts on our behalf.”
Nick Ellins said:
“I am immensely proud of the team at Energy & Utility Skills and of our ability to make a real difference through trusted partnerships – initiating the first ever Workforce Renewal & Skills Strategy for the sector, creating The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership of 30 industry Chief Executives, securing workforce resilience as a requirement within regulatory price reviews, building a stronger understanding for the value of Human Capital and being voted by the industry as Utility Week Utility Partner of the Year for “being a true partner to the whole utility sector”.
“The organisation is in an excellent position, with a talented team, financial sustainability and the support of its Board and sector to continue growing and supporting the gas, power, water and waste management industries on their future path.”
Notes to Editors
About Nick Ellins
Nick Ellins joined Energy & Utility Skills in 2015, and has been involved across the water and energy industries since the 1990’s.
Nick is a Fellow and twice Past National President of the Institute of Water, a Fellow of the Institution of Primary Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an Ambassador for Design and Technology, a Member of the Aston University Industrial Advisory Board, a Supporting Partner of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a Freeman of the City of London, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, a Member of the Energy Industries Club and former Trustee and Board Member of the Federation of Industry Sector Skills & Standards. He will formally step down at the end of July 2020. Appointments are made by the Board of Energy & Utility Skills, with the recruitment process already underway.
About Energy & Utility Skills
Energy & Utility Skills is a membership organisation that brings together industry leaders to identify and address workforce resilience challenges within the sector. It provides membership, assurance and skills solutions to help employers attract, develop and retain a sustainable, skilled workforce to ensure the seamless delivery of essential services to 65 million people each day and UK Industry. Its UK-wide membership is comprised of the major infrastructure companies within power, gas, water and waste management and their top tiers of delivery partners.