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Richard Guy OBE

Deputy Director, Quality
Institute for Apprenticeships

In his early career Richard Guy worked in the Jobcentre network then as a management trainer for industry and then moved to the Manpower Services Commission’s head office in Sheffield where he was responsible for policy on vocational qualifications, design of training programmes and assessment and certification. He was appointed Chief Executive of South and East Cheshire TEC in 1989 and was actively involved in the TEC movement nationally including working part time as Director of Policy for the TEC National Council. Richard joined Manchester TEC as Chief Executive in 1994. In 2000 he facilitated partners to come together to form the Manchester Enterprises Group, a £100m turnover organisation responsible for determining the Economic Development Strategy for Greater Manchester and its implementation. He remained CEO of this group (renamed Manchester Solutions) until Oct 2013. After leaving Manchester Solutions, Richard became a consultant specialising in Apprenticeships policy and strategy and has worked for three years as Policy Adviser on Apprenticeships and Technical Education at City & Guilds. He has been employed by the Institute for Apprenticeships since February 2017 as Deputy Director responsible for Quality. Richard was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to training and enterprise.