Former NEC boss stands down from Solihull's Employment and Skills Board - The Solihull Observer

Former NEC boss stands down from Solihull's Employment and Skills Board

Solihull Editorial 2nd Mar, 2024   0

THE HUNT is on to fins a new chair for Solihull’s Employment and Skills Board (SESB).

This comes after Paul Thandi, the former chief executive and chairman at the NEC Group, is stepping down after a decade of service.

The Board is seeking to appoint a new chair who is equally passionate about shaping employment and skills policies and action across the borough.

Speaking on his time with the Board Mr Thandi said: β€œIt has been a great honour to have worked with so many incredible leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors over the years.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished, from shaping the partnership model to navigating the challenges of Brexit and Covid-19.




“I look forward to passing the baton on and am hopeful it will be steered to even greater success.”

Solihull Council works closely with public sector partners, businesses, the voluntary sector and communities to improve the lives of residents.


SESB plays a key role in shaping the employment and skills support on offer to local businesses and the community and the new chair will lead the Board while acting as the voice of employers to navigate new business challenges and policy changes.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of Solihull Council and portfolio holder for Skills and Employment Support, said: β€œI would like to thank Paul for his leadership. His skills at creating collaboration with local business leaders have been pivotal in shaping our employment and skills support.

“Our solid relationship with businesses has enabled us to develop the future workforce and contribute to economic growth.

“We want to ensure our residents who are furthest from the labour market have access to support for training or work.

“The Board has been an enabler for schools and the voluntary sector to connect with businesses and foster a meaningful collaboration.”

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