Melanie Mitchell, currently the technical director for Cheynes Training, officially takes over as programme director on 1st January 2020. The former programme director, William Howarth, becomes executive chairman of Cheynes Training. Melanie joined Cheynes Training almost 20 years ago and has been a leading figure within the company for the past ten years. Melanie’s specialist areas are teaching, learning and assessment and she will also continue in her senior role within leading awarding organisation City & Guilds. ‘I am delighted to take on the role of programme director at a very exciting time for apprenticeships’ said Melanie. ‘The changes that are currently taking place, especially with the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, are just what the vocational education sector needs and I look forward to the challenge of taking Cheynes Training forward into the next stage of our journey’.
Meanwhile, outgoing programme director William Howarth is looking forward to working closely with Melanie in her new role. Changes within Cheynes Management Limited, the parent company of Cheynes Training, mean that William will be spending a little less time within the training division that he co-founded with Jennifer Cheyne over 30 years ago; however, he will still play an active part in helping Melanie to ensure Cheynes Training continues to be a leading player in the delivery of high quality apprenticeship training within the hairdressing and barbering industry.