Basecamp Skills

Basecamp Skills hires first Operations Director, Ex-Northcoders Managing Director Claydon

Manchester (23rd November 2023), The fully-funded training academy, Basecamp Skills, has appointed Lisa Claydon as its first Operations Director this week. The education platform, founded by the former COO of Social Chain, Dominic McGregor, along with fellow entrepreneurs David Newns and Charlie Yates, hired former Managing Director of Northcoders to accelerate their next stage of growth, while promoting Amy Wild to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

Launched in 2022, Basecamp Skills has since won over £2M in funding from the Department for Education, as well as a string of impressive business awards. These include The British Business Awards under ‘Inclusion Initiative of The Year’, as well as The Start-Up Awards ‘Education and Training Startup of the Year’ and ‘Overall North West Business of the Year’.

Basecamp Skills delivers industry-led digital marketing training to help individuals over the age of 19 looking to upskill, retrain or kick-start a career in digital marketing. They promise every single learner access to a fully-funded training course, delivered by industry marketing professionals and secure a job interview should they wish to pursue a career in the sector. To date, it has already successfully enrolled over 350 learners across 7 cohorts, with 58% being from gender minorities and 48% from an ethnic minority background.

Claydon brings a wealth of training provider experience from leading operations, managing staff and overseeing quality and compliance in her previous roles. With plans to build upon Basecamp Skill’s strong foundation, Claydon joins the team with a focus on upholding the quality of its offerings and fine-tuning its experiential model.

Lisa Claydon, Operations Director at Basecamp Skills said: “I am thrilled to be joining Basecamp Skills and leading operations for such an impactful training provider. Now more than ever, we need innovative approaches to empower learners and equip them with skills to succeed. Basecamp's experiential learning model represents exactly the type of outside-the-box thinking required to engage learners meaningfully. I look forward to collaborating with the talented Basecamp team as we work to expand our reach and provide transformational experiences for more learners across the UK.”

Amy Wild, recently appointed CEO at Basecamp Skills said “With a proven track record in leading successful government-funded training programmes, Lisa will play a crucial role in scaling our offerings during this period of rapid growth. Her extensive experience will be invaluable as we expand into new markets, enhance our offerings, and structure teams for greater impact. Lisa's leadership and operational expertise will improve the learner experience and outcomes, marking an important milestone for Basecamp Skills. With Lisa on board, we are confident in our ability to change lives through access to in-demand skills at an unprecedented scale.”

Dominic McGregor, Fearless Adventures and Basecamp Skills co-founder said: "Amy's tenure as CEO has been truly transformational, marking a significant chapter in our company's growth. Now, with the strategic addition of a leader of Lisa's caliber to support in running the business, we are poised for an even more remarkable trajectory. I have the utmost confidence that, together, Amy and Lisa will revolutionise the education industry."