Modal welcomes new business manager

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Apr 2017

A WOMAN who has based a career out of integrating education and employment has taken the helm at Modal Training, the £7 million maritime and logistics facility in Immingham.

Ann Newlove has been welcomed as business manager, having worked with Grimsby Institute as a consultant on the project.

She said: “Having been involved in the redevelopment of the Modal Training site for the last 12 months, I had already bought into the vision of what Modal is about, so when the role of business manager came up, I felt it was an opportunity I had to go for.

“I’ve been passionate about developing skills across the Humber region for nearly a decade, so it’s a privilege to lead the team at this new state-of-the-art facility, supporting so many sectors central to this region’s resurgence.”

Mrs Newlove hails from Hull, and after working in the private sector in imports, felt a career with a “stronger social purpose” was her calling.

She joined the bidding team for the city’s Building Schools For The Future scheme, working under Sam Whitaker who has led on the Modal project, when he was chief executive of the £300 million programme to rebuild and refurbish Hull’s schools.

“My role wasn’t specifically construction related, it was focused on added value, about how the buildings were going to be used, about the apprenticeship programmes and developing employer and education links,” Mrs Newlove said.

That scheme spanned 2009 to 2014, when she set up her own project management consultancy and also worked for Humber Local Enterprise Partnership on the Humber Skills Pledge initiative, while Mr Whitaker joined Grimsby Institute as director of strategic projects.

The pair were reunited with the mother-of-two first appointed in a consultancy role to deliver the capital build at the former Engie Fabricom site on Middleplatt Lane.

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