Councillor Alan Rhodes was elected as Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council in May 2013.
The County Council’s vision is to create a local economy that flourishes and that is why jobs, skills and training are a top priority. Businesses want a skilled workforce, a place that is attractive to live in, along with excellent transport links. Working closer with the business community and the LEP, D2N2, will be key to unlocking regeneration, jobs and prosperity.
Alan also serves on the County Councils’ Network (CCN) and East Midlands Councils.
In addition to serving on the County Council since 2005, Alan has been an elected Member of Bassetlaw District Council, representing Worksop North West Ward since 1986.
Born, raised and educated in Rotherham South Yorkshire, Alan is married to Shirley and they have three grown up children and two grand-daughters.
In his spare time Alan describes himself as a ‘music anorak’, keen cook, devourer of political biographies, and a long suffering supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.
Councillor Roger Blaney is the representative for the Nottinghamshire boroughs and districts. Full biography to follow.
Since founding One to One Support Services in 2006, Managing Director Melanie Ulyatt has been on a remarkable journey in business. From an optimistic start-up in Chesterfield – commencing with her background in Health & Social Care services, a strong desire to improve sector conditions locally and the will to influence others along the way – to where she is today – an established, successful and inspirational business woman.
In 2006 Melanie established One to One Support Services as a Domiciliary Care services provider in, Chesterfield – providing clients with and exception level quality and dignity in the care they received.
Eventually, growth and success led to relocation to current premises in Hasland, Chesterfield. Identifying a need to provide highly trained staff, with a wide variety of skills, qualifications and experience, Melanie created her own Health & Social Care sector training company – the One to One Training Academy
The One to One Training Academy provides a wide range of funded courses in specialist Health & Social care areas, such as dementia, Stroke care management, End of Life care, Functional skills – along with Traineeships for 16-24 year olds, Apprentice training and communication courses needed to support those with sensory impairments such as British Sign Language and Deafblind. They now contract with many colleges, regional and National establishments for the delivery of training courses.
Melanie is an inspirational business figure on the regional platform and is elected volunteer Chair of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Federation of small businesses (FSB) – A role which sees her representing no fewer than 6500 SME’s across the region. She also volunteers in the business community around 40 hours per month supporting different boards and committees. Some of which are being on the board for the SCR CA/LEP Skills, Employment and Education Board and also the Chair the supporting Business Skills Partnership.
Dame Asha Khemka is the representative for Further Education.
Asha took up her post as Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College in May 2006. Since taking up this position, the College turnover has more than doubled – approaching £70 million in 2012/13. The College is one of the 5 largest providers in the UK for Employer Responsive provision, having a national footprint. The number of apprentices has grown to the region of 12,000 and the College employs 1,300 staff.
The College was successful in achieving Best Companies one star accreditation in January 2009 and again in January 2010. It also ranked 14th in the Sunday Times 75 Best Places to Work in the Public Sector 2010. The College achieved Investors in People Gold Accreditation and the Health and Well-Being Good Practice Award in July 2010 and was reaccredited in February 2013. The College has been successful in winning AoC Beacon Awards for 5 consecutive years.