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Our Board – Cogent Skills

Our Board

The Cogent Skills Board comprises highly experienced science and nuclear industry professionals who hold senior positions in Sector-based employers and Trade Bodies. The Board normally meets four times a year and ad hoc as is required.

The Cogent Skills Board oversees our strategy, approves our business plans and any key companywide decisions, and monitors our performance.

Tony Burke

Unite Assistant General Secretary

Tony Burke is an Assistant General Secretary at Unite. A trade unionist for over 45 years. Tony was previously the Deputy General Secretary of the GPMU.

He is a member of the General Council and Executive Committee of the TUC, a member of the Labour Party NPF and represents the TUC on Cogent and represents Unite within the international Trade Union movement.

He is a member of the Board of the Peoples Press Printing Society and is the Trade Union    coordinator for the Morning Star newspaper.


Dr Jeremy Haigh

Chair, CEO, Proteome Sciences plc

Jeremy Haigh is Chief Executive Officer at Proteome Sciences plc, a UK-based provider of applied proteomics offering proprietary services in protein biomarker discovery, validation and assay development. Previously he was European Chief Operating Officer for Research & Development at Amgen, responsible for R&D sites located in the region and a statutory director of Amgen Ltd, BioVex Ltd and Amgen Research (Munich) GmbH.

Jeremy has spent over 30 years in the bioscience sector in clinical research and development, operational and leadership roles, principally at Merck Research Laboratories and Amgen. He has been closely associated with the development and registration of new molecular entities in various therapeutic areas and retains a strong interest in the treatment of neurological diseases and advances in precision and digital medicine.

A strong advocate for the biopharmaceutical industry over many years, Jeremy was a Director of the BIA from 2006-13, a long-standing member of the EFPIA Research Directors Group and of the ABPI Innovation Board. He is currently Chairman of Cogent Skills Ltd, and an advisor to KPMG LLP and Imperial College Health Partners.

Jeremy graduated in pharmacology from the University of Leeds, completed a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology and a post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical pharmacology. He has held university teaching and examining positions and authored numerous peer reviewed publications.


Mark Kenrick

CEO, px ltd

Mark is a mechanical engineer with experience in technical, operations, and general management roles in the UK, Europe, Brasil and the USA, mostly within the Polyester Industry. In October 2006 he transferred to La Seda de Barcelona with Advansa’s polyester resins and intermediates business. He was initially Artenius PET Division Operations Director and subsequently Business Director for the PTA Business.

Mark led the sale of the assets of ‘Artenius UK Ltd in Administration’ to Lotte Group of South Korea which was completed in February 2010 forming Lotte Chemical UK Ltd (LCUK), he was LCUK Chief Executive Officer between January 2012 and October 2015. During that time he was also the Treasurer of the Council for PET Manufacturers in Europe (CPME) and President of Petcore Europe (European PET Recycling Council).

He joined px Limited as Director of SHE & Risk Management in February 2016 and became CEO in October 2017. He is currently chairman of NEPIC and a member of the board of directors of Cogent Skills.

Mark is married to Jo, an HR Manager, has two sons and spends most of his spare time either walking the dog or watching his younger son or Manchester United play football.


Stephen Marcos Jones

Director-General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)

Stephen Marcos Jones was appointed Director-General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) in December 2017. As Director-General, Stephen is responsible for the overall management and effectiveness of UKPIA as the UK’s principal advocate for the downstream oil sector.

Stephen has over 15 years’ experience in a range of diverse advocacy and stakeholder engagement roles representing the diverse interests of operators and supply chain companies across the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas. Prior to joining UKPIA, Stephen established and led the UK upstream industry’s Efficiency Task Force.

He has also worked on projects for the UK Government’s Department for Education and spent five years leading the communications team of a European scientific organisation in Barcelona. Stephen is a non-executive Board member of OPITO and Cogent, skills bodies for the energy industry.