People and Skills - 09 May 2024

New Chair announced for East Midlands Institute of Technology

PHOTO: Martin Rigley

A new Chairperson has been appointed to lead the East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT) board.

Martin Rigley was confirmed as the new Chair of East Midlands IoT at its latest board meeting and will also become one of its directors. He replaces Baroness Nicky Morgan, who stepped down in February.

The East Midlands IoT is an innovative partnership between Loughborough College, Derby College Group, Loughborough University and the University of Derby.

From September 2024 it will begin delivering the very best in technical education for students – from T-Levels through to postgraduate education – with high quality training and qualifications in engineering, digital skills and professional construction.

EMIoT will focus on skills for a greener economy, future energy and leadership in those fields.

As a former Chief Executive and Managing Director of Nottinghamshire-based engineering innovation firm Lindhurst Engineering, past Chair of Nottingham City Council N2 Skills & Employment Board, and current business leadership coach and mentor, Martin will bring a wealth of business experience and technical skills development knowledge to his position as Chair.  As a former Chair of the D2N2 Manufacturing Advisory Panel, Martin supported the development of the East Midlands Made Smarter programme.

Martin said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the East Midlands Institute of Technology.

“The employment opportunities the rapid growth in technology presents is a challenge for the UK and in particular the East Midlands, with its strong focus on engineering and manufacturing jobs. The links between higher-level skills in the technology field and their positive impact on social mobility very much appealed to my personal values.”

Rachel Quinn, Executive Director of the East Midlands IoT, added:

“Martin has the solid background in business and the technical skills sector we were looking for, to help the East Midlands Institute of Technology further develop its courses offer, in a way which engages both prospective students and new industrial partners.

“The East Midlands IoT has already begun making a name for itself as the ‘go to’ for technical skills training in the region. Martin’s know-how will be a key asset for us, as we move towards welcoming the first cohort of students to our Derby and Loughborough sites in September 2024.”

 The East Midlands Institute of Technology (EMIoT) is a partnership between:

  • Derby College Group
  • Loughborough University
  • Loughborough College
  • University of Derby

Its mission is to:

  • Provide employers with the skills that they need to succeed, now and in the future.
  • Provide students with excellent technical education and direct pathways to careers.
  • Maximise the technical growth capacity and productivity of the East Midlands.

Delivering the very best in technical education, the EMIoT is one of 21 Institutes of Technology located across England.

Courses are designed and delivered with local and national employers. This gives students – of all ages and backgrounds – the real-world experience they need to stand out in the job market and provides employers with the reassurance that the training their staff receives can be applied to their business immediately.

The EMIoT provides high quality training and qualifications in Engineering, Digital Skills and Construction; with a focus on skills for a green economy, future energy and leadership in those fields.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. The D2N2 LEP team and functions will transition into the East Midlands Combined County Authority during 2024.  


For media enquiries, contact:   

Nicola Swaney   

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP    

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