Simon Marsden has been appointed to lead NLT Training Services.

Simon has been involved with NLT since 2014 as the vice chairman of the training organisation’s board. He has since resigned the position to take up the role of interim Chief Executive.

Simon comes from a chemical engineering background and has had managing director roles with Oilgear in Leeds, KM Furniture in Chesterfield and, most recently, DarenthMJS in Sheffield.

He joins NLT at an exciting time in the charity’s 40-year history. Most recently it has rebranded, launching a new website which boasts online booking for NLT’s Health & Safety courses.

Delighted to join NLT as interim Chief Executive, Simon said: “The support, training and mentoring I had in the early years of my career enabled me to become a managing director of a multi-million-pound company at the age of 29. Having been the beneficiary of training and support I have always wanted to put something back. Becoming a board member with NLT allowed me to do this, however, taking up the interim Chief Executive role is where I hope to make a significant difference both in the organisation and with our young people and employers.”

He is a passionate believer in training and development to enhance workforce skills.  His key priorities in his new role include strengthening the delivery of engineering training, developing the popular pre-Apprenticeship programme, Evolve, and reviewing NLT’s commercial courses delivered at NLT’s Chesterfield and Scunthorpe sites as well as in the workplace.

Simon explained: “The experience we give learners and employers is of paramount importance and I want to ensure that NLT earns the strongest possible reputation for helping the next generation acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications that local businesses need. There is a real opportunity to build on our existing successes and long history. NLT has a committed and supportive team who are all focused on delivering the best possible outcome for individuals.”

He added: “I am hugely excited for the challenge ahead. Together, I know we can make NLT the go-to provider in north Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.”

Outside work Simon, who has two children in post 16 education, enjoys badminton and travelling. He has visited most parts of the world including recent trips to Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Later this year, he plans to return to Barcelona and cruise to the Azores and Madeira.