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Victoria Sylvester

Victoria Sylvester

Twenty years ago, Victoria Sylvester was a nurse working on the ward in North Staffs Hospital. Since then, she has launched, led and grown a successful company, which now employs 90 people, while raising her four children (aged 13, 11, 10 and 6). In 2019 she became the first woman on the board of a multinational corporation, MBH.

Victoria set up Acacia Training, which delivers high quality, Ofsted-registered training across a number of sectors, in 2000 with her mum because they wanted to provide courses that genuinely met employer needs. Both were working in the care sector and had experienced first-hand the struggle to recruit and retain quality staff. They set up their family-owned care home as a training centre and grew the business from there.

Acacia Training delivers nationally but is committed to supporting people locally to find jobs and progress in their careers. It works with local Jobcentres to help unemployed people get the qualifications they need for jobs in nursing, childcare and social care.

In 2017 Acacia Training merged with a PLC, now known as MBH Corporation, allowing it to swap private shares for public shares but to continue to run the business as before. In May 2019, Victoria was voted on to MBH’s Board as an Executive Director. In her role as Principal’s Representative she acts as a bridge between the group and its companies to ensure there is strong, positive, two-way communication.

In her spare time, Victoria is on the Chair of Governors at All Saints CE First School, in Standon.