John Thorpe


Operations Director (Technical Services) for the Sector Skills Council (SSC) Skills Active for almost 14 years, John previously worked extensively on National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeships and Qualifications across the UK. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield College for 10 years.

John has a strong background in Quality Assurance and still practices as a qualified External Quality Assurer and External Verifier. He is widely respected throughout the industry, reflected in the following unsolicited testimonial from a former colleague:

“He is a dedicated and highly conscientious manager with vision plus the determination and skill to make that vision a reality. Through his work with SkillsActive and SPRITO his contribution to standards, qualifications and training in the sport and active leisure sector has been immense. His breadth of knowledge in the area, his network of stakeholders and his ability to manage competing agendas are enviable.”

Just Ask