Neil Bentley

Neil Bentley

Neil Bentley

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive at 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.

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.

Prior to CBI, Neil worked at global IT services provider EDS (now part of HP).

Neil sits on the Council of Warwick University, advises the Science Council on diversity and inclusion in STEM skills and was the former deputy chair of Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity. Neil's PhD is in race equality in the workplace.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “It is an honour to judge the Federation of Awarding Bodies’ Awards.  The high quality professional and technical qualifications provided by its members play an important role in equipping more young people to gain the right skills to help UK businesses better compete globally and it’s important to publically recognise and celebrate this work.”