FSSC appoints permanent chief executive

The Financial Services Skills Council has appointed Liz Field to the permanent position of chief executive, following her seven months as interim chief executive.

The FSSC was required to recruit for a permanent chief executive following the renewal of its licence in March.

Since October Field has helped to develop and finalise the council’s new strategy, and played a key role in restructuring the organisation.

Prior to joining the FSSC Field was chief executive of the FSSC’s predecessor organisations, latterly the National Training Organisation.  

She has also run her own consultancy business helping financial services firms to introduce change programmes, and coaching senior executives.

Liz Field, chief executive of the FSSC, says: “The industry has made it clear that we have an important role to play in attracting talent and developing skills to help ensure the UK remains the world’s leading financial services centre.

“Having worked closely with the rest of the team to develop our new skills strategy, I am now looking forward to getting on with delivering a simpler more effective skills system that puts employers’ needs at the heart of everything we do.”

Trevor Matthews, chairman of the FSSC, says: “Field has already shown she has the ability and skills required to manage and motivate a diverse team and drive through strategic change.

“She has achieved a huge amount in the short time she has been at the council and I have every confidence she will continue with this success and lead the team in delivering a new and improved sector skills council.”