Joanne Pickering

Joanne Pickering - Lancashire Skills Hub

Director of HR, Training & Quality, Forbes Solicitors

Joanne joined Forbes Solicitors in 2000 and was appointed as Director of HR, Training and Quality in 2012. In addition, Joanne supports clients, who may not have their own HR practitioner and offers practical advice on internal processes, procedures and systems.

Prior to joining Forbes, Joanne ran European (ESF ADAPT) Projects for Burnley College, as Project lead; spent five years working for the East Lancashire Training & Enterprise Council supporting businesses and education partnerships. Joanne also spent eleven years working in the automotive sector.

Joanne is Deputy Chair of the Lancashire Skills & Employment Board, which is a sub-committee of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, an Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Services in the North West and has chaired the Lancashire HR Employers Forum, run by Community & Business Partners for the last ten years. Joanne is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and has been a member of the CIPD for 30 years.

Latest Updates and Events

Lancashire schools recognised for world-class careers advice

Eight schools and colleges in Lancashire have been recognised as providing world-class careers education. A further seven schools and colleges also received awards at an event which celebrated...

Free Training for Charities of the training is to connect both charity leaders and experts with lived experience to technology experts, help to inform and mature charity digital strategy, and improve...

Launch of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund – 25th June – This was formally referred to as the Bootcamp Fund in meetings. The aim of the ‘Fast Track’ Fund is to help employers in the Greater Manchester...


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