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Apprenticeship Approvals Group Membership


Ruth Jennings of Sainsbury’s is Chair of the Apprenticeship Approvals Group and a member of SAAB Standards and Frameworks Group.  

Remaining membership is made up of employers and experts from a variety of different sectors.

If you have any queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Approvals Team


Name Organisation Title

Ruth Jennings (Chair)


Skills Development Programmes Manager

Gaynor Cook


Apprenticeship Training Provider Co-Ordinator

Bethany Welsh

Balfour Beatty

Social Impact Advisor

John Cairns

Balfour Beatty

Social Impact Manager

Matthew Barr

Glasgow University

Programme Director, Director of Education, SICSA

Colin Young


Manufacturing Manager

Tommy Breslin

Scottish Union of Learning

Development Officer

Diane Mitchell

West Lothian College

Director of Workforce Dev & Comp, Engineering & Built Environment

Stewart McKenna

Scottish Training Federation

Chief Executive

Alison Bucknell

Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards

Support & Guidance Development Manager

George Brown (Vice-Chair)

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Head of Accreditation

Dr Alison Eales

Quality Assurance Agency for Scotland

Quality Enhancement Specialist

Nicola Crawford

Education Scotland

Senior Education Officer (Curriculum Leadership)

Elizabeth McGuire

Education Scotland

Senior Education Officer (Curriculum Innovation)

Sheila Dunn

Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework Partnership

Head of Quality and International Development

Secretariat Support

Terry Dillon

Skills Development Scotland

Senior Programme Manager

Nicola Conner


Skills Development Scotland 

Business Support Executive