Dan Howard

Director of External Funding

Dan joined HCUK Training in April 2014, after holding several managerial positions with the Newcastle College Group.  During his time at HCUK Training Dan successfully led the £6.4m Skills Support for the Workforce and Local Response Fund Contracts across the Humber.

Dan successfully managed the integration of the Employment Services sub-division into HCUK Training and implemented the first Department for Work and Pensions contract for the Group after writing this bid.

Dan is the lead contact for Local and National LEP strategic relationships and manages the operational delivery of external contracts through direct and sub-contracted means.

In his role Dan is responsible for the development and implementation of the Group external funding strategy and is responsible for managing high level funder relationships, along with the interpretation and communication of relevant EU policy changes.

Dan takes the lead on all External Funding, Tendering and Procurement for the Group nationally, driving change where appropriate and handles the design and implementation of new contracts within HCUK Training.

Dan lives in Goole and has one son.



Emma Yorke

Managing Director

Emma has worked in senior management and leadership roles across the education and training sector for 20 years. In addition, Emma has also implemented complex DWP Contracts, most recently the Work Choice Programme.

With extensive experience in project management, implementation and acquisition, Emma has managed Bluechip employer relationships and is an advocate of the value of the Apprenticeship career journey.

Emma is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Institute of Directors.

Emma lives on the South Bank and has one daughter and two grandchildren. Emma is a big supporter of Liverpool FC.


Steve Girking

Director of Operations & Delivery

Steve Girking was appointed in the role of Director of Operations and Delivery for HCUK Training in August 2014 and is now responsible for the operational performance of all direct and third party delivery within the commercial arm of the college. He had worked in the education sector for Hull College for the previous 10 years undertaking many roles from lecturer to Head of School of Construction, but last 7 years had seen him mainly focus on the management, quality and compliance of work based learning programmes and all delivery through third party providers.

Steve moved into the education sector following 20 years working within the field of construction management and specifically compliance to Building Regulations and associated legislation before a significant career change saw him take up the post of lecturer at Hull College in 2004.

Steve is a keen sportsman and enjoyed a successful playing career in Rugby union; he is a fully qualified coach and has held Director of Coaching roles at local clubs Hull Ionians, Beverley and Driffield as well as coaching at county age group levels.

Steve lives in Beverley with his wife and has one daughter.