Dayle Bayliss and Michelle Pollard named as chair and vice-chair of Suffolk Skills Show

From left, Michelle Pollard, John Nice and Dayle Bayliss.

From left, Michelle Pollard, John Nice and Dayle Bayliss. - Credit: Archant

The organisation behind one of the biggest events in the Suffolk skills calendar has announced a new chair and vice chair as it enters its fourth year.

Dayle Bayliss, chair of the Suffolk Skills Show .

Dayle Bayliss, chair of the Suffolk Skills Show . - Credit: Archant

Dayle Bayliss, vice-chair of the Suffolk Skills Show Steering Group for the past two years, has taken over as chairman, taking over the role from Ian Twinley, chairman of John Grose, with Michelle Pollard stepping into the role of vice-chair.

Dayle Bayliss, who has been involved with the event from its inception, has worked in the construction sector as a contracts manager, building surveyor, project manager and a building control surveyor, and now runs her own construction consultancy business, Dayle Bayliss Associates.

“I know everyone who has been involved with the Suffolk Skills Show would like to thank Ian for his huge commitment and dedication to the event,” said Dayle. “He has been a huge champion of skills and training in the county and as the new chair I intend to continue his legacy.

“The show is vital to inform young people about vocational skills and apprenticeships, career pathways and the choices and opportunities that are available to them in our county and I am proud to be at the helm of such an important event.”

Michelle Pollard, vice-chair of the Suffolk Skills Show .

Michelle Pollard, vice-chair of the Suffolk Skills Show . - Credit: Archant

Michelle Pollard has been in the recruitment industry, locally and nationally for more than 28 years and is owner of local web recruitment company Spider. She is also vice chair of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, a board member of Suffolk Business Woman and an Inward Investment Ambassador for Suffolk.

“I was thrilled when I was invited to join the Suffolk Skills Show Steering Group as vice-chair,” she said. “The show is so important to educate and inspire our young people. I would like to encourage all businesses in the county to get involved with the event.”

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John Nice, spokesperson for Easton & Otley College, which is the main sponsor of the show, said: “Its great news to welcome Dayle and Michelle to the board of the Suffolk Skills Show.

“It was clear from the first meeting I had with them that they have a passion to build on the success of previous shows and make the 2017 event the best yet.”

The Suffolk Skills Show, run in association with Suffolk County Council and supported by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will take place this year at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Wednesday October 18.

Businesses interesting in sponsorship or exhibiting at the show should email hello@suffolkskillsshow.com or call 01473 712330.