Young Adults are at the very centre of the decision making and Governance of Talent Match along Local Authority partners, DWP and Voluntary sector representatives. There is a ‘meeting of minds’ between organisations and Young Adults, so that Young Adults’ aspirations, once developed, can lead to employment and this in turn can lead to growth.

The Steering Group is also supported by an Advisory Board consisting of the 4 Local Authority representatives, 4 Voluntary Sector Councils, DWP, Black Country Consortium and the Black Country Chamber.


The Role Of The Steering Group

  • Provide advice, support and direction to the project team
  • Be a sounding board for the project team, to share knowledge and offer solutions where problems arise
  • Monitor project progress against targets
  • Monitor project finances
  • Oversee commissioning of additional activities to support Talent Match target group
  • Champion Talent Match its aims and objectives with key influencers and businesses
  • Provide a communication link to partner organisations
  • Open doors with other key partners (delivery and referral partners who could support Talent Match to achieve its aims and objectives

  • Professor Ian Oakes – Chair, University of Wolverhampton
  • Young Adult representatives including Co-Chairs
  • Ian Darch – WVSC Accountable Body
  • Kim Babb – Talent Match Project Manager
  • Richard Beard – Young Leadership and Participation Officer
  • DWP Representative
  • Voluntary Sector representative
  • Local Authority representative

Message from the chair


Messages from other representatives on the Talent Match Steering Group.



  • Jake Inscoe

    Jake InscoeCo-Chair

    Hi my name is Jake Inscoe and many people would describe me as a kind, caring and bubbly person who is very hard working and has excellent communication skills. I am a young person at Central Hub and I am also a Co-Chair of the steering group, I make sure that everyone gets the chance to say how they feel about whatever is on the agenda. I also have the unique ability to be able to have a conversation with anyone about any subject so I ensure that every single person who comes to any of these meetings feels relaxed, comfortable and able to speak their mind.

  • Kyle Harpin

    Kyle HarpinCo-Chair

    My name is Kyle Harpin, I am a mentee at Central hub and a Steering Group Co-Chair. I started off my journey with no confidence and while I have been on the programme my confidence has sky rocketed. With the help of other mentees on Talent Match, we hosted a Charity Event for Cancer Research UK. I am starting a T-shirt printing business with help from Talent Match and the Princes Trust. When I first joined Talent Match, I didn’t have high hopes for it, I thought it was going to be a generic “Get into work” programme, but I was very wrong…. If I didn’t join Talent Match I most likely would have still been sat at home and doing nothing productive, Talent Match has brought out the best side of me and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.