05 February 2004 | David Arminas
Kerry Harris has been appointed to the new position of contracts manager at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which is responsible for funding and planning education and training for 16-year-olds and over in England.
Harris was previously at the Ministry of Defence, where she had worked for 14 years after leaving school.
"Most of my work was in drafting of terms and conditions for contracts, but at the LSC I will now be managing the contracts," she said.
"The commercial experience I gained at the MoD will greatly help me in my new job."
In her new role, Harris will be working with small and medium-sized companies in her native Shropshire to help them get the right training packages.
She will also manage the training contracts let by the LSC under the European Social Fund Project.
The fund distributes money provided by the European Union for training purposes and is matched by local monies from the firms whose employees need the training.
The council has an £8 billion budget and works across all areas of educational needs. It operates through 47 local offices and a national office in Coventry.
Harris's MoD work included managing the Challenger II battle tank spares and equipment contract, as well as the procurement of missiles and handling multi-million pound contracts, including tendering, awarding and monitoring.
She also worked on the disposal of defence equipment in the Falklands while on a seven-month secondment to the island's government in 2000.