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Andrew Cleaves

Director for Improving Skills

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in industry, including most recently as managing director of National Express’ international division, having formerly run its Birmingham-based UK Coach business, leading it to record profits and customer satisfaction.

Andrew previously spent 12 years in commercial roles at Tube Lines, managing the public private partnership with Transport for London for infrastructure and maintenance of the Tube. He was part of the team which invested £10m on a training school for engineering Apprenticeships for its workforce.

He is an alumnus of Cambridge University where he obtained an MA in Natural Sciences, and of Cranfield School of Management where he gained an MBA and Diploma in Marketing.

Andrew took up his post as Principal and Chief Executive of the college in May 2014 and is committed to driving educational and employment outcomes for students by strengthening links with the businesses and communities the college serves, alongside securing greater inward investment for the region.

Andrew also oversaw the creation and development of Midlands Connect, chairing its Steering Group until April 2017.

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