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Training group founder killed in helicopter crash

Phillip Carter, co-founder and group chief executive of vocational training company Carter & Carter Group, died in a helicopter crash in Cambridgeshire last week. The millionaire businessman, whose company offered a range of engineering and construction apprenticeships, was on his way home from the champions’ league semi-final in Anfield when the helicopter he was travelling in developed a fault. Mr Carter, who founded the firm in Nottingham 15 years ago with his wife Judith, died alongside his son, Andrew, a family friend, Jonathan Waller, and the pilot, Stephen Holdich. The Group is a major provider of Government-funded vocational training and outsourced services to large corporate organisations and SMEs, and is worth in excess of £500 million. The company was floated on the stock exchange two years ago. Rodney Westhead, the group’s non-executive chairman, will assume the responsibilities of group chief executive on an interim basis, until a successor is found. Mr Westhead said: “Phil was an inspirational leader who established a clear strategy for the business and at the same time developed a dynamic and capable team around him. That team will now continue to develop the vision and drive the business forward.”