Northcoders names new group chair

Angela Williams

Leeds-based Northcoders, a leading independent provider of training programmes for software coding, has appointed Angela Williams as its new non-executive group chair.

Angela will be succeeding Sandy Lindsay who is retiring from the role after four years as a non-executive director with Northcoders.

Angela is an experienced non-executive director with significant UK and international PLC experience, working with both B2B and B2C companies across a range of sectors throughout her 30-year career.

She has held senior executive roles for companies such as British Airways, Sodexo PLC, Centrica PLC and Land Securities PLC, and most recently was brought in as interim Group Chief People Officer of Post Office Ltd offering her transformation and change expertise.  She has held a number of non-executive directorships including Which? Financial Services Ltd, Central & Cecil Housing Trust, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Energy and Utility Skills.

Alongside her HR credentials and considerable technology sector knowledge, Angela brings particular expertise in strategy design and delivery, leading and creating customer focused businesses and teams, and growth delivery to the Board of Northcoders. Angela was Non-Executive Chairman of Curo Compensation, a private equity backed SaaS technology company leaving the Board after its sale in July 2021.

She is currently non-executive director of digital consulting and services company AND Digital. She is also non-executive director and chair of the remuneration and nominations committee for Sovereign Housing Association and Defence Equipment and Support (DES).

Sandy Lindsay said: “After a fantastic four years with Northcoders, I feel the timing is right to retire from the Board alongside a number of my non-executive positions. It has been a great pleasure working with the team during a period of such rapid growth, and particularly as the Group reached an important milestone when we successfully completed our AIM IPO earlier this year.

“I’d like to thank my fellow Board members for their collaborative spirit and continued support throughout my time with the business, and wish them all the best for the Group’s very bright future.”

Angela Williams said: “I am delighted to be joining Northcoders at such an exciting time for the Group, and to become a part of its mission to address the ever-growing digital skills gap across the UK. I very much looking forward to working with the Board and the Northcoders team to continue the excellent momentum the Group has seen in the past 12 months, as it continues to deliver on the growth strategy set out at IPO.”

Chris Hill, founder and CEO of Northcoders, said: “Sandy has been an instrumental part in the success and growth of Northcoders over the past four years. Her insight, experience and vision have been of huge value so myself and the rest of the Board thank her for her commitment and we wish all the very best.

“I am delighted to announce Angela’s appointment as she brings a wealth of experience that I know will add real value, especially as 2022 is set to be another transformational year for the business as we continue to roll out our expansion plans.”

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