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Dr Neil Bentley, who has led WorldSkills UK since 2015, received an OBE today for services to equality in business.

Dr Neil Bentley, who has led WorldSkills UK since 2015, received an OBE today for services to equality in business.

Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, was made an OBE for services to equality in business.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

Dr Neil Bentley is Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, which is a partnership between governments, employers and education to help accelerate young people's career development. We do this through experiential careers events and national and international skills competitions. We support the prestige of apprenticeships and technical careers by helping create creating successful young role models and we drive productivity by embedding world-class standards into education and training for individual and business success. 

Neil was previously Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI, the UK's premier business lobby, working at the highest level of the business and government interface nationally and internationally and representing CBI to the media. Neil worked at the CBI for 12 years and led public policy campaigns ranging from apprenticeships, skills and employment to public service reform and energy and climate change.  In particular, Neil previously led CBI work on vocational pathways in education, the marketisation of FE and demand-led training reforms on apprenticeships and higher technical skills.

Prior to CBI, Neil worked at global IT services provider EDS (now part of HP) advising on the employee relations implications of outsourcing, trade union relations, training and diversity across EMEA. Neil advises Warwick University on diversity and inclusion and was the former deputy chair of Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity. Neil's PhD is in race equality in the workplace.

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