UWS graduate appointed Chair of expert committee for Department for Education

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Angela Noon, University of the West of Scotland graduate and CFO & Executive Director of Siemens UK, has been appointed as the Chair of the Skills and Productivity Board, taking over the role from Stephen van Rooyen.

The Skills and Productivity Board (SPB) is an expert committee providing independent, evidence-based advice to ministers at the Department for Education on matters relating to skills and their contribution to productivity.

I am delighted to welcome Angela Noon as chair of the Skills and Productivity Board and look forward to working with her. Angela’s respected standing within the business community will be of enormous benefit to the board. Her experience as a leader within a large technology company will also be of particular value to the board and its aims to promote stronger productivity growth for the future

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary

Angela, who graduated from University of Paisley (now UWS Paisley Campus) in 1996 with a BA Accounting, was appointed CFO and Executive Director of Siemens UK in January 2018. In addition to this role, Angela is also Finance Director of the Smart Infrastructure Operating Company.

I am excited by the opportunity to take on this role and to contribute to the board’s work. Equipping people with the right skills is a key part of improving people’s lives and increasing productivity to ensure the country is ready for future challenges.

Angela Noon, CFO and Executive Director of Siemens
Angela Noon, BA Accounting 1996

Prior to her move back to the UK, Angela was Partner and Global CFO for Next47, the corporate venturing arm of Siemens AG. Based in Germany, Next47 is a fund, investing and partnering with startups to foster ideas and accelerate the development of new technologies.

During her 20 year career with Siemens, Angela has held several senior management positions in the UK and overseas, including Global Vice President and CFO for the Digital Enterprise Software segment, a key unit for the industrial digitalization strategy of Siemens.

Earlier in her career, Angela was Commercial Director for North West Europe for Siemens IT Solutions and Services. She is a Non-Executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee of the Compound Semi-Conductor Catapult based in Cardiff – one of Innovate UKs world leading innovation centres. 

Angela is Chair of the CBI Economic Growth Board and is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. Angela is a qualified Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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