Blog Type, IPT Blog, Fellowship Blog, Fellowship Type, Sector based Fellowships, Industry Sector, IPT, Transport | May 2016

Catch-Up with April's Fellowship Update

This month Rob Flello MP, Pauline Latham OBE MP and Lord Young all undertook Fellowship visits, with Rob concluding his Fellowship at Stagecoach and Lord Young of Norwood Green by contrast commencing his at Rolls-Royce. Read on to find out more about Fellowship visits this April.

On Thursday 7 April, Rob Flello, Member of Parliament for Stoke-On-Trent South, signed off on his Fellowship with a visit to South West Trains who are part of the major transport group, Stagecoach.

Rob Flello MP with Lee Kerr, Driver Manager at South West Trains.

The visit took place at London Waterloo Station and focused on how South West Trains manage 1,700 trains a day from their control room, as well as highlighting the importance of customer information. Rob had the opportunity to meet with Arthur Pretorius, Customer Service Director for South West Trains, who explained in greater detail how they oversee over 230 million passenger journeys every year.

Reflecting upon the visit and his Fellowship overall, Rob stated: “Throughout my Fellowship I have become a lot more informed about the transport and logistics sector and it will help my work both in the constituency and in Parliament.”

Click here to find out more about Rob’s visit to Stagecoach.

On Friday 22 April, Pauline Latham OBE and Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire completed her third and final day with the Royal Opera House (ROH). On this occasion, Pauline travelled to Thurrock where she spent time with their technical and costume teams as well as members of the Learning and Participation department.

Pauline Latham OBE MP sees some of the props used in production in the Royal Opera House.

The Learning and Participation team works with Thurrock schools and the local community, and over the last 5 years have established the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, which currently has more than 140 members. Commentating on her three days with the ROH, Pauline said: “In all of my visits I have been able to see at first-hand all the work that goes on behind the scenes of their great productions, and today’s visit really captured that by looking at the set design. It was also fantastic to see the work they are putting into inspiring the next generation.”

Find out more about Pauline's visit here.

Finally on Monday 25 April, Lord Young of Norwood Green kicked off his Fellowship in style with a visit to Rolls-Royce in Derby, which included a tour of their Apprenticeship Academy.

The highlight of the visit included a roundtable discussion with a number of apprentices and recent graduates focusing on skills, training and the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The visit was especially relevant given Lord Young’s interest in the manufacturing skills gap and Rolls-Royce’s ongoing commitment to encouraging students into STEM careers.

Lord Young of Norwood Green with some of the apprentices and trainees from Rolls-Royce.

Lord Young commented “I have been a long standing supporter of workers’ rights and apprenticeships. Through my work with trade unions and as vice-chair of the ethical trading initiative and I am delighted to see the work Rolls-Royce are doing to encourage the next generation of engineers.”

Click here to find out more about Lord Young’s visit to Stagecoach.

In other news, we are delighted to announce another seven Members have commenced Fellowship programmes this April. This brings our total number of parliamentarians engaged in IPT Fellowships to 71. Thus, we are seeking organisations to host parliamentarians in the below sectors:

  • Drew Hendry MP (Transport)
  • Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge OBE MP (Postgraduate Fellowship on internet businesses)
  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Banking and finance)
  • Clive Lewis MP (Energy)
  • Khalid Mahmood MP (Manufacturing)
  • Carol Monaghan MP (Science, Technology
  • Amanda Solloway MP (Construction)

With thanks to Alex Reeves, Parliamentary Affairs Officer.

Interested in hosting an MP or Peer for a day as part of an IPT Fellowship? We are always looking for new host organisations from across all of the UK. To find out more about how to get involved in an IPT Fellowship, please contact:


Liz Dawson

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

0207 839 9405

ElizabethDawson@ipt.org.uk