Iain Mackinnon is the Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance, a UK-wide body funded by its members who work together primarily to create and promote flexible qualifications and apprenticeships. He has spent almost all his working life in the skills field, mostly at the point where Government works to encourage businesses to act. He joined the civil service after graduating, working in both field management and national policy roles, including a spell in the Secretary of State’s office, then ran a Government training agency and a training charity, and since 1999 has run his own consultancy. He joined the MSA in 2013.
From 2005-10 Iain chaired the board of a large college of further education in London, and from 2010-17 he was a non-executive director with Pearson Education Ltd, which runs the Edexcel exam board.