Andy Tilden is Director of Operations at Skills for Care. This role covers leadership and management, standards, learning qualifications and apprenticeships, recruitment and retention, workforce innovation and regulated professionals. He also has oversight of Affina OD a separate company within the Skills for Care group. He initially trained as a teacher. He has been a residential care worker, a trainer and manager in the NHS, a qualified social worker working in juvenile justice, child protection and learning disability services and a lecturer. He served 3 years as a NICE Fellow. Before he joined Skills for Care he helped set up and run a charity delivering qualifications, learning and development to the care sector.