Paul Barlow | PCQI

Assoc. CIPD

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Paul Barlow

What are your roles and responsibilities at work?

I am the Quality Skills and Development Manager for the whole of the MoD inclusive of the Armed Forces. My role is about delivering competences, training and development to all staff undertaking quality-related activity within the MoD, and promote quality knowledge to the organisation.

I work within a team of four skilled staff specifically on quality but interact with various upskilling teams throughout the MoD and Civil Service, including military regulators. The Quality Skills Team are based in Abbey Wood, Bristol, and form part of the MoD Quality Policy Team.

What is your background and how did you get into quality?

I’ve worked in the Civil Service for nearly 30 years, primarily within the HR environment on both skills and personnel management. I joined the MoD in 1996 as a Personnel Officer, responsible for the MoD Quality Assurance Field Force, and moved into the Quality Skills Team in 2007.

In the time I have been in my current post I have introduced a competence-based licensing scheme that ensures the MoD’s quality practitioners are working to a common competence standard based on the CQI Body of Quality Knowledge.

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