Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Leigh Jones is a company director with an extensive non-executive portfolio, specialising in governance and organisational design and development.
Jessica began her career as an apprentice electrician and later achieved a BSc in Astrophysics from Cardiff University. She is a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP MCQI) and an Associate Member of the CIPD (Assoc. CIPD).
She is a Non-Executive Director of Wales' largest exam board, WJEC, and Chair of its commercial subsidiary, WJEC Services. Jessica is a Non-Executive Director of the newly established Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in England, the arms-length body responsible for discharging the government's ambitious technical education reforms, and serves on its Quality Assurance Committee.
Jessica has received the Freedom of the City of London and represents the fastest progression to the rank of Liveryman within the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. She was 2017’s Woman of the Future for Technology & Digital, has been recognised in the 2020 Who’s Who publication and appeared as one of the youngest in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List.
Tom de Vall is an experienced Executive Manager having spent over 15 years working across a range of industries and operational environments in South Wales. He has predominantly worked in the Manufacturing Engineering sector within the Automotive industry for companies such as International Rectifier and KSR International; and more recently in the consumer electronics.
Tom completed a BA Hons Management degree in Cardiff before enhancing his career development and business acumen through completing an MBA in 2016. He is currently studying a BSc in Economics with the Open University.
Tom’s involvement and interest in apprenticeships stemmed from the difficulties experienced in fulfilling specific technical roles over several years at different levels and industries. Through more recent successes to grow talent internally, he has developed a strong belief that the potential value creation of an efficient and effective apprenticeship system can radically transform the landscape of industry in Wales and is passionate to support this movement.