JTL announces new executive team

08 June 2016     JTL

We are delighted to announce three new appointments to the JTL executive team. Paul McGuire joins JTL as Finance & Professional Services Director, Judi Cooper as National Delivery Director, and Liam Sammon as Commercial Director. These appointments, all reporting to Chief Executive Jon Graham, complete the new JTL executive team, with the three new arrivals working alongside Caroline Turner, Policy & Stakeholder Relations Director, and Julie Asher-Smith, Human Resources Director.

Paul McGuire joins JTL having last held the role of Chief Operating and Financial Officer for the Skills Funding Agency, where he was responsible for financial management of the £4.5 billion skills budget. Paul will also be Director of JTL subsidiary CompEx, a global competency scheme in the oil, gas and chemical sector. He is a qualified accountant with 25 years’ experience in finance across both the private and public sectors, including 10 years in the apprenticeship and skills sector.

Says Paul: “I decided that after ten years working in government on the apprenticeships and skills agenda, it was time for a new challenge and this opportunity to join JTL ticked all the boxes. JTL is a strong and successful business that delivers high quality apprenticeships and is rich with potential.”

Judi Cooper joins JTL having, like Paul, previously worked at the Skills Funding Agency, where prior to departure she was Deputy Director of Allocations and Performance and responsible for allocating £3.5 billion of Government budget via adult skills funds each year.

Judi remarks: “JTL is a dynamic company and this is an exciting opportunity to play a part in addressing the UK skills shortages and directing Government funding to where it can best serve employers; a task I started at the SFA and one I can now see working on the ground with JTL.”

Liam Sammon comes to JTL from awarding organisation OCR, where he was responsible for support to OCR’s 7,000+ centres and the 1.5 million candidates taking OCR qualifications each year.

Liam comments: “JTL are well regarded within the sector, and work with over 3,500 employers; this new role presents an excellent opportunity to forge new partnerships and broaden JTL’s offer to reflect the changing needs of the sector it serves.  During this period of significant change for apprenticeships, JTL is in the best position to work alongside its employers in bringing in the new changes”.

Speaking about the three appointments, JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham said: “These are exciting times for JTL and one year on from my own appointment it was a good time for me to bring in new senior management with considerable experience of the wider skills market and a fresh perspective on the opportunities for JTL. This team will drive forward JTL’s continued expansion and improvement across the building services engineering sector and these appointments are the start of an exciting new chapter in JTL’s long history.”


JTL's three new directors, from left to right: Judi Cooper, Paul McGuire and Liam Sammon

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