The Team

Who we are

The leadership team at Employment and Skills Innovation Services has a wealth of experience and expertise across the Employment and Skills Market. Our experience spans frontline delivery through to executive level positions, both in the public and private sector. We've worked with and for some of the largest Prime Contractors and Colleges, as well as established successful new business ventures within the market. Our work in recent years has been at the forefront of industry developments, where we've:

  • helped to shape public policy and commissioning,
  • successfully secured significant contract wins for our clients,
  • supported a range of partners to successfully enter the market and
  • overseen the implementation and delivery of an array of innovative programmes, projects and services.

Our team is built on a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience and personalities. The differences in our team make us strong, our shared desire and drive to truly make a difference in our home market of Employment and Skills makes us exceptional.

We believe that no single organisation is perfectly placed to meet every need of their customer's, therefore we also work with a range of 'best in class' partners to ensure that we can support our customers no matter what their requirements.

We continuously innovate, develop and refresh our offer through listening to what our customers need. So if you don't find what you need, tell us and we'll help you to find the solution you're looking for. EaSI.


Meet the people

David Gallagher

David Gallagher

Managing Director

After starting my career in Commercial Recruitment I found myself falling into Welfare to Work. Very quickly I realised that I had a passion for helping people to move towards work, get a job and seeing them progress on in their career. I've been fortunate to work with and learn from some fantastic organisations, both in the public and private sector, where great leaders have inspired me not only to make a difference in the organisation that I work within, but on the wider Employment and Skills Market. And that's why I set up Employment and Skills Innovation Services. We're driven by the desire to make a significant economic and social contribution to the UK and we're achieving this through helping the market to innovate and deliver success.

Petrina Lynn

Petrina Lynn

Associate Director

After a long and interesting career for several public sector organisations, across a diverse range of policy areas, including; Sectors, Devolution, LEPs, City and Growth Deals, in 2014 I decided that it was time for a change. I left the Skill Funding Agency at a time when the Employment and Skills market is facing some its biggest challenges, so I wanted to continue to work in a role that would enable me to bring the value of my experience, insight and expertise to a range of organisations across the sector, helping them to rise to these challenges. Working with Employment and Skills Innovation Services gives me the opportunity to do just that and I'm looking forward to working with the sector long into the future. 

Dr. Gareth Thomas

Dr. Gareth Thomas

Associate Director

I originally trained as an Analytical Industrial Chemist, and spent time in my early career working in Industry with several chemical companies. Having worked locally for the LSC on Employer focussed programmes, I moved into National policy implementation roles including leading Basic Skills and Integrated Employment and Skills policy implementation. Having more recently led the SFA's East Midlands work on City Deals, ESF and work with DWP I felt it was time to use the skills and knowledge I had developed to support Employers, Partners and Providers to develop and implement their Skills and Employment Strategies.  In October 2014 I left the SFA to start my own business as well as work with Employment and Skills Innovation Services. The innovative approaches we take allow me to support organisations to achieve their goals, primarily through the development of their people. 

Coming soon

Coming soon

Associate Director

We're building the team throughout 2015. Get in touch if you're interested in becoming part of the team that's changing Employment and Skills.

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