The group head of HR at Peel Ports has joined a stellar line-up of individuals set to speak at our 'Mind the Skills Gap' event in Birkenhead this month.

Amanda Willis joined the company as their group pensions manager in 2012 after 14 years as a pensions consultant at Mercer Ltd.

Her focus is on providing technical skills training to enable employees to perform their role and to progress within their career through to developing manager skills and behaviours to lead a team and grow the business.

The ‘Mind the Skills Gap' breakfast event, which is being sponsored by Progress to Excellence Group and Peel Ports Group, will be taking place at The Contact Company’s offices in Kingsgate, Birkenhead. Sign up for the event here.

Willis will be speaking at the event alongside Sandra Kirkham, group MD of Progress to Excellence Group, which has been providing training and assessment for organisations of all shapes and sizes for more than 20 years.

The business, which collectively serves around 1,300 employers and 4,300 learners throughout the UK, has recently announced a partnership with Praesidian Capital Europe to support its next stage of development.

Also speaking at the event are Asif Hamid MBE, CEO of the Contact Company; Evoke Creative founder and chief technical officer Dean Ward; OH founder Robyn Dooley; Jo Whittingham, senior professional tutor in accounting and finance, Liverpool Hope University; Dr Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of External Engagement, Liverpool John Moores University; and Sally Shah, lead commissioner: place and investment at Wirral Council.

Lewis Wooding, an apprentice from Peel Ports, will also be attending.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for budget holders and decision makers in businesses to hear about Liverpool City Region's Skills Strategy and the positive influence apprentices can have on their businesses.