Meet the team – Colin Wright


By Colin Wright | 7 January 2020

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” – Charles De Lint

Colin’s experience and expertise embody the values of our organisation. Please take a few minutes from your day to discover a little bit more about Colin and why we’re lucky to have him on our team!

  • What experiences led you to work for WD Trust?

Prior to joining WD Trust, I spent 18 years as a self-employed workforce development consultant. This included working as an associate for several sector skills councils including Skills for Health and Skills for Justice. I took a career break to study for an MBA and then noticed the job as Frameworks Manager being advertised. This exactly fitted my previous experience and I was ready to join an organisation after so long being self-employed. So, I applied and got the job on a one-year contract – that was 2013 and I’m still here!

  • What does an average day look like for you?

Everyone seems to say there is no such thing as an average day – that is true for me too. I usually spend about 3 or 4 days per week working from home – which could be doing research, drafting documents, liaising with project stakeholders, communications, dealing with enquiries etc. The rest of the time I can be out at meetings, events and meeting with clients.

  • What do you enjoy most about your job?

I think it is important to do a job which feels worthwhile. The purpose of the WDT is ultimately about developing people to deliver better public services and this is something worth doing!

Developing frameworks requires a systematic approach and attention to detail – and building relationships with clients, often over a long period of time which is rewarding. I have enjoyed developing frameworks as a product and one in which we have proven expertise.

  • What upcoming projects are you working on?

We have just recently confirmed funding from HEE for a 3-year programme to maintain and develop the statutory/mandatory core skills training framework (CSTF) and I will be leading on this work. Currently I am also developing several new proposals including a project to support organisations in effectively making use of core capabilities framework for supporting autistic people and a bid to develop a new core capabilities framework for nursing in general practice.

  • In a perfect world…

Everyone would have a secure place to live – there would be zero homelessness.

Colin Wright is an experienced and expert Framework Development Senior Consultant, who embodies the values of Skills for Health. Prior to joining Skills for Health, Colin spent 18 years as a self-employed workforce development consultant.

Find out more about Colin’s work in Framework Development, Custom Career Frameworks and Capabilities Frameworks today. Or visit the Information Hub to find relevant resources about the Core Skills Training Framework and other Frameworks in development.


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