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New chair appointed at Working Links

Millie BanerjeeMillie Banerjee CBE has been announced as the new Chair of Working Links, the public, private, voluntary sector organisation which delivers services to help disadvantaged people into sustainable employment.

 

Working Links is a leading prime provider to the UK's Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The organisation delivers a wide range of contracts for welfare to work programmes, National Offender Management Services and the Skills Funding Agency's National Apprenticeship Service.

 

In its eleven year history, Working Links has helped more than 220,000 people back into work. 

 

Millie Banerjee takes up her new post this month, following current Chair and founding director, Keith Faulkner CBE. Millie brings extensive experience of the private and public sectors to the post. She spent 25 years at BT in a variety of roles during a time of significant change. Her previous non-executive directorships include the Sector Skills Development Agency, Channel 4 TV, Cabinet Office, Strategic Rail Authority, Prisons Board, Peabody Trust and more recently, Ofcom. She has also been the Chair of Postwatch, Carnegie UK Trust and Postcomm.

 

Currently she chairs the British Transport Police Authority and is a non-executive director of the East London PCT Cluster.  

The new Chair will work with the organisation's shareholders and executive team – led by Chief Executive, Breege Burke – to build on Working Links’ strong social values and commercial successes to achieve its ambitious growth and diversification plans in the UK, Europe and Middle East. The UK model for performance-based contracting has great potential for application across ever wider areas of public, private and voluntary sectors to marry the needs of citizens and employers in support of both social and economic goals.

Commenting, Millie said: “I am very pleased to be joining Working Links at such an important point in its development. I am looking forward to working with the shareholders and the executive team and to making my contribution in achieving ambitious plans for the future.”