Our people

Senior Management Team

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    Stephen Evans

    Chief Executive

    Stephen Evans

    Chief Executive

    Stephen has been chief executive since 2016, having spent two years previously as deputy chief executive. He joined from Working Links, where he led on policy, strategy and business development. Prior to this, he worked for the London Development Agency as director of employment and skills, commissioning programmes and leading the work of the London Skills and Employment Board; was chief economist at the Social Market Foundation; and spent six years as senior policy advisor in HM Treasury working on policy for skills, productivity and child poverty.
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    Dr Fiona Aldridge

    Director for Policy and Research

    Dr Fiona Aldridge

    Director for Policy and Research

    Fiona is director for policy and research at Learning and Work Institute, responsible for leading L&W’s programme of research and development, and ensuring that our work influences policy and practice by providing a credible and influential voice on learning, skills and employment. Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience in the adult learning and skills sector, and currently works across a range of policy areas including apprenticeships and T Levels, with a particular focus on building the capacity of local areas, providers and employers to lead and respond to changes in post-16 education and skills.
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    Dave Hagendyk

    Director for Wales

    Dave Hagendyk

    Director for Wales

    Dave is director for Wales at Learning and Work Institute. Dave is responsible for leading the work of the organisation in Wales and for promoting to government and service providers the value of adult learning and the need for investment and policies to raise productivity, improve progression from low pay and reduce inequality. He has worked in leadership, campaigning and policy development roles in Wales for the last eighteen years. Prior to joining Learning and Work Cymru he worked for nearly seven years as the General Secretary of Welsh Labour. Prior to this he worked as the Political Liaison Officer for the University and College Union Cymru, as the Head of Policy for Welsh Labour, and as a researcher for Huw Lewis AM and Lynne Neagle AM.
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    Rob Gill

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Rob Gill

    Director of Finance and Operations

    As director of finance and operations, Rob has enjoyed building a capable team that has continuously improved L&W's IT, HR, finance, governance and offices. Previously, Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a subsequent few years of restructuring experience followed by a number of years in industry.
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    Joe Dromey

    Deputy Director for Research and Development

    Joe Dromey

    Deputy Director for Research and Development

    Joe leads L&W's work on employmnt and social security, and he manages the policy and communications team. Joe has over a decade of experience in employment and skills policy. Prior to joining L&W, Joe worked as a senior research fellow at IPPR, political advisor to a shadow secretary of state, and head of policy and research at a charity focused on good work. Joe has experience of service delivery, having worked as an employment advisor for long term unemployed people. Joe has extensive experience of local government, both as a councillor and cabinet lead for empoloyment and skills, and as a council officer.
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    Joyce Black

    Deputy Director for Research and Development

    Joyce Black

    Deputy Director for Research and Development

    Joyce had extensive experience of post 16 learning and skills which includes over 20 years as a qualified teacher and senior leader in a FE college together with nearly 20 years experience at L&W working in research and development across a range of adult learning and skills policy areas focusing on adult basic skills, equalities and workforce development. This also includes acting as lead for L&W's role as the UK National Coordinator for the European Union's Agenda for Adult Learning co-funded by the DfE since 2012. Until 2019 Joyce was Chair of the Executive Board of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA).
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    Naomi Clayton

    Deputy Director for Research and Development (Maternity Leave)

    Naomi Clayton

    Deputy Director for Research and Development (Maternity Leave)

    Naomi Clayton is deputy director for research and development. Naomi has more than 14 years’ experience in policy and research with specialisms in employment, skills and labour market disadvantage issues. Prior to joining L&W, Naomi was deputy director at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, and policy and research manager at Centre for Cities where she was responsible for developing and overseeing programmes to support effective policy and practice. She has worked with partners across the UK to support them to use of evidence and demonstrate impact through the implementation of skills strategies, youth employment support and in-work progression pilots, and the development of local industrial strategies.
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    Duncan Melville

    Chief Economist

    Duncan Melville

    Chief Economist

    Duncan is an economist with more than 30 years’ experience in the private and public sectors in the UK and New Zealand. Duncan leads on L&W’s economic analysis. He was previously deputy chief economist of GLA Economics and head of the macroeconomic analysis unit at HM Treasury. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Research and Development Team

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    Alex Stevenson

    Head of English, Maths and ESOL

    Alex Stevenson

    Head of English, Maths and ESOL

    Alex Stevenson is head of English, maths and ESOL at L&W, leading the organisation’s programmes of research and development in adult basic skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages and community learning. At L&W, he has delivered numerous projects to support policy development and effective practice in adult basic skills for clients such as the Department for Education, the Greater London Authority and the Education and Training Foundation. Before joining L&W, Alex taught, managed and developed adult basic skills and ESOL provision for over 13 years, variously working in FE colleges, a local authority adult education service and for an independent training provider. He is currently an executive board member at the European Association for the Education of Adults.
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    Emily Jones

    Head of Research

    Emily Jones

    Head of Research

    Emily Jones is head of research at L&W, responsible for leading research and development projects to ensure they make a positive difference to policy and practice. Emily’s work focuses on lifelong learning and skills, and she leads our apprenticeships and technical education programme. Emily also leads our research on the National Retraining Scheme.
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    Fay Sadro

    Head of Evidence and Evaluation

    Fay Sadro

    Head of Evidence and Evaluation

    Fay is the head of evidence and evaluation at Learning and Work Institute, leading our What Works Unit, which champions the use and creation of evidence to inform decision-making and support lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. Before joining L&W, Fay acted as head of research at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has also held roles at the University of Leicester, Ipsos MORI and NatCen where she led a range research and evaluation projects that supported both national policy change and local practice in the areas of social inclusion, learning and community cohesion. In her current role, Fay supports a range of organisations to better understand and interpret evidence, alongside generating new evidence on what works to improve employment and learning outcomes.
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    Jerome Finnegan

    Head of Employment

    Jerome Finnegan

    Head of Employment

    Jerome is head of employment at L&W. He has has ten year's experience of designing and leading research and policy projects on a wide range of issues, including employment, social security and living standards. Before L&W, Jerome worked in a variety of other research and policy roles at charities in the UK, Ireland and Ethiopia.
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    Nicola Aylward

    Head of Learning for Young People

    Nicola Aylward

    Head of Learning for Young People

    Nicola leads L&W's programme of research and development work around young people's access to learning and employment. With over 20 years experience in the sector, Nicola is responsible for a range of projects around pre-apprenticeships and improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged young people. Prior to joining the organisation Nicola worked at the National Youth Agency, where she lead the Young Adult Learners Partnership.
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    Becca Gooch

    Research Manager

    Becca Gooch

    Research Manager

    Becca is a research manager at L&W, having previously worked at Kantar Public and in the public sector and not for profit team at YouGov, where she focussed on research around equalities. Becca has worked on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research projects, and particularly enjoys questionnaire design and reporting. In her current role, Becca has led on the process evaluation of the Work and Health Unit's health-led employment trial, the development of resources for volunteers in ESOL, and on a project looking at the future of the minimum wage. She holds the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice and is currently studying for an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society alongside working.
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    Corin Egglestone

    Research Manager

    Corin Egglestone

    Research Manager

    Corin is research manager in L&W's new What Works Unit, involving the support and promotion of evidence use and generation across the employment and skills sector. He joined L&W as a researcher following completion of a PhD in Consumer Health Informatics. During his time at L&W, Corin has worked on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research projects; for example, he led our recent evaluation of Welsh Government's Traineeships programme and was the lead analyst for our evaluation of the YIACS model of financial support for young people. Whilst at L&W, Corin has also led the design and analysis of our annual Adult Participation in Learning Survey.
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    Connor Stevens

    Research Manager

    Connor Stevens

    Research Manager

    Connor is a Research Manager at Learning and Work Institute. Connor plays a leading role in L&W’s work on low pay and progression. He currently manages the Better Work Network – a policy and practice-based network which brings together over 300 individuals and organisations dedicated to tackling low pay and expanding the evidence base around in-work progression. He has also worked on the design, development and evaluation of several in-work progression initiatives, including Trust for London’s Step Up, West London Alliance’s Skills Escalator and ESF-funded London-wide In-Work Progression programme – the UK’s largest trial of progression-focused support for low paid workers.
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    Hannah Murphy

    Research Manager

    Hannah Murphy

    Research Manager

    Hannah is a research manager at Learning and Work Institute. Hannah is currently managing several research and development projects for the Department for Education including supporting widening participation in apprenticeships and the proposed National Retraining Scheme. At L&W, Hannah has also conducted research and evaluations across a range of employment and skills policy including welfare reform, low pay and progression and employment support for people with multiple and complex needs. Prior to joining L&W, Hannah held positions at Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Age UK, where she managed an advocacy service and worked on local and national research projects.
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    Jackie Woodhouse

    Research Manager

    Jackie Woodhouse

    Research Manager

    Jackie is a research manager at L&W. She is currently managing an evaluation for The Prince’s Trust of their Future Workforce Fund Programme which aims to support young people into training and employment and a National Lottery funded project which aims to improve support for young adult carers in Further Education. At L&W Jackie has led on research and development projects across a range of policy areas including offender learning, adult basis skills, English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and work to support care leavers and young adult carers to access opportunities in education, training and work. Prior to joining L&W, Jackie worked in a variety of research roles across the public and voluntary sectors.
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    Beccy Packer

    Researcher (Maternity Leave)

    Beccy Packer

    Researcher (Maternity Leave)

    Beccy Packer is a qualitative researcher and has worked on a range of National Retraining Scheme and apprenticeships projects since joining L&W. Prior to joining L&W, she worked in a careers education and employability role in HE. Beccy is a qualified careers adviser and holds an MA in Careers Education and Coaching.
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    Caroline Luxton-White

    Researcher

    Caroline Luxton-White

    Researcher

    Before joining L&W as a researcher, Caroline had worked in the education and skills sector for 10 years, with a focus on pre-16 to post-16 initiatives to support learners towards sustainable destinations in education, employment and training. Caroline has also been a teacher in both primary and secondary sectors for 20 years. Since joining L&W, Caroline’s research has mainly focussed on the National Retraining Scheme and apprenticeships.
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    Dr Trudi Martin

    Researcher

    Dr Trudi Martin

    Researcher

    Prior to joining L&W, Trudi was an academic researcher. Trudi's research focus was on lifelong learning, and supporting the development of employees in the workplace. Trudi's PhD explored learning and development opportunities for educators who support pupils with learning difficulties. Since joining L&W, Trudi has worked on various projects. These projects include, examining what works to help disadvantaged young people remain in education and training or to enter employment, service provision to support the over 50s back to work, and policies and practices that assist disabled employees to progress in work. Before Trudi went into academia she worked in the private sector where she gained extensive project management experience.
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    David Galij

    Researcher

    David Galij

    Researcher

    David joined L&W as a researcher after completing an MA in International Relations. Since joining L&W, David has worked on a wide range of traineeship,apprenticeship and employment related projects. David previously worked at a specialist educational college conducting qualitative research to identify the barriers to employment faced by those with disabilities.
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    David Southgate

    Economic Researcher

    David Southgate

    Economic Researcher

    David is an economic researcher. Before joining L&W he was a doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey examining the relationship between core demographic characteristics and constitutional preferences in Scotland and England. David has previously worked as a research assistant on numerous projects within academia and has taught modules at university level including research methods, applied statistics and British politics. He has a range of methodological expertise and has extensive experience of effectively combining quantitative and qualitative methods. David works alongside colleagues in the research and development team to develop, interpret and present a range of data driven research projects. These include the Adult Participation in Learning Survey, Youth Opportunity Index and a range of projects within L&W’s What Works Unit.
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    Hazel Klenk

    Researcher

    Hazel Klenk

    Researcher

    Hazel joined L&W having completed an MA in International Development and Education. As a researcher, Hazel works on and manages a wide range of research, evaluation and development projects across L&W´s policy areas including lifelong learning, adult basic skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages, offender learning, in work progression and employment support for vulnerable groups. Prior to joining L&W Hazel worked as a language teacher in different contexts including Mexico, Bangladesh and France. She is particularly interested in the role learning plays in refugee and migrant social integration and wellbeing.
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    Jess Elmore

    Researcher

    Jess Elmore

    Researcher

    Jess joined L&W as a reseacher, with a particular specialism in qualitative, inclusive and creative research. Jess is currrently managing traineeship development projects for the Department for Education and an evalution of the Royal Society of Art's Cities of Learning pilot as well as contributing to a large scale evaluation of health led trials. Prior to joining L&W, she worked in education, community development and academic research. She completed a PhD in 2017 which explored information sharing and integration in the ESOL classroom.
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    Jubair Ahmed

    Economic Researcher

    Jubair Ahmed

    Economic Researcher

    Jubair joined L&W as an economic researcher. His work centres around analysis for our What Works Unit and on issues of further education and full employment. He previously worked at the Resolution Foundation, focusing on household debt and labour market analysis. Jubair holds an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African studies.
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    Lovedeep Vaid

    Senior Labour Market Statistician

    Lovedeep Vaid

    Senior Labour Market Statistician

    Lovedeep joined L&W as a senior labour market statistician. Before joining L&W, he worked as a senior statistical analyst at the Greater London Authority and the Statistics Commission. At L&W Lovedeep leads on cost benefit analysis and impact of employment programmes and the analysis of labour market statistics. He has modelled and designed employment programmes for the Welsh, Scottish and Irish Governments and uses analytical software to present data online such as the results of the Education Participation Survey. He also provides annual support for LEPs and their data needs, specifically the analysis of Apprenticeship and learner data.
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    Seana Friel

    Researcher

    Seana Friel

    Researcher

    Seana is a researcher at L&W. She works on and manages a range of research and evaluation projects at L&W, and has experience of conducting research across a variety of populations including hard-to-reach groups such as care leavers, people with disabilities, people experiencing multiple disadvantage as well as people experiencing homelessness. Seana is managing our work on best practice in programmes that provide inclusive pathways to apprenticeships for young people across Europe. She is also working on a number of L&Ws independent evaluations, including the Work and Health Unit's health-led employment trial, and the evaluation of Crisis UK’s Tackling Multiple Disadvantage (TMD) project, which aims to support homeless people experiencing multiple and complex needs to progress to employment. Seana held numerous research positions prior to joining L&W, including at Queen’s University Belfast on a three-year study which examined transitions and outcomes for care leavers in Northern Ireland.
  • Paul Bivand

    Paul Bivand

    Associate Director Statistics and Analysis

    Paul Bivand

    Associate Director Statistics and Analysis

    Paul is a labour market statistician with more than 40 years experience covering employment, skills, pay determination and related issues. He worked at L&W's predecessors the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion and the Unemployment Unit, and previously at the Royal College of Nursing, the Local Government Employers' Association, Essex University's Institute for Micro-social Change, Incomes Data Services, among others. Paul produces data visualisations of labour market changes each month in L&W's labour market statistics briefing, other data disualisations in relation to specific projects and also specialises in impact assessments. He has a MBA from Liverpool University and a MA (Cantab) in Geography from the University of Cambridge.
  • Lucy Marsh

    Lucy Marsh

    Business Support Officer

    Lucy Marsh

    Business Support Officer

    Lucy has 8 years’ experience of managing a variety of multi-stakeholder projects in both the private and voluntary sectors. Having undertaken project management roles for both start-up organisations and large charities such as Teach First, Lucy completed her MSc in project management in 2017. Since joining L&W, Lucy has project managed our work supporting the development of the national T Level Employer Support package, as well as internal projects for the Department of Education.
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    Sue Charlish

    Project Support

    Sue Charlish

    Project Support

    Sue, as project support, has worked on a range of high value national and international programmes, including: E-Guides - a multimillion pound training programme which supported the adult and community learning sector to develop and increase the use of e-learning across the curriculum and The European Agenda for Adult Learning, working with partners across the UK's four nations and Europe. Sue provides support on a wide range of programmes in adult learning, research and development. For example, she is currently project support for a programme which shares current government policies to inform DfE of the perspectives of adult learning providers. Currently Sue also supports several programmes focussing on English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Policy and Communications Team

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    Mintra Sadler

    Head of Events

    Mintra Sadler

    Head of Events

    Mintra has over 18 years of experience in the events industry, with particular expertise in strategy and stakeholder engagement, systems and programme design, production and delivery. As head of events, she is responsible for developing our comprehensive events programme and drives all policy solutions, commercial events and patronage engagements.
  • Sarah Horner

    Sarah Horner

    Head of Policy and Communications

    Sarah Horner

    Head of Policy and Communications

    Sarah is head of policy and communications and leads on public affairs development along with contributing to policy development, media relations and overall communications. She has led the development of our new website. Sarah previously worked at the RSA and IPPR covering a wide variety of topics including employment and skills and the future of work. She worked in digital project management and comms for more than ten years predominantly in organisations for young people, as well as at the BBC. Sarah spent two years at Westfield shopping centres leading on digital and tech development, including launching the Stratford centre and working on the 2012 Olympic Games. Sarah started her career in journalism and was a foreign correspondent for many years, combining this with seven years as an author for the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has an MA in Globalization and Communications.
  • Roisin Sheehy

    Roisin Sheehy

    Senior External Affairs Officer

    Roisin Sheehy

    Senior External Affairs Officer

    Roisin is the senior external affairs officer at L&W, working both within the policy and communications team and on the Festival of Learning campaign. Roisin handles the day-to-day running of our digital communications, and has experience of creating and tailoring content to showcase our work to varied audiences. Roisin works across our policy areas, developing ways to engage our various audiences and maximise the reach and impact of our work.
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    Celestine Harris

    Project Support Officer

    Celestine Harris

    Project Support Officer

    Celestine provides administrative support for the Festival of Learning campaign. Celestine has previously supported the International work of the organisation and then later became one of the senior conference officers.
  • Sarah Perry

    Sarah Perry

    Project Manager - Festival of Learning

    Sarah Perry

    Project Manager - Festival of Learning

Internal Services

  • Gerri McAughtry

    Gerri McAughtry

    Head of Human Resources

    Gerri McAughtry

    Head of Human Resources

    Gerri is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD) with over 20 years HR experience and an MSc in HR Management from the London School of Economics. She has worked across several sectors including Higher Education, Law, Property Surveying and Financial Services. Gerri heads up the HR function at L&W developing the HR Strategy and leading all aspects of operational HR. Gerri was instrumental in securing L&W's "Silver" Investors in People Accreditation in 2017.
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    Becky Puttnam

    Head of Finance

    Becky Puttnam

    Head of Finance

    A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), Becky has over 20 years of experience in practice and the private and public sector. Prior to joining L&W, Becky worked for Remploy, being responsible for the financial control of various Government, Lottery and ESF funded employability contracts. Becky is responsible for the finance function at L&W, successfully driving the final stages of an implementation of a new finance system and an improvement in financial processes and controls.
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    Kamal Kotecha

    Head of IT

    Kamal Kotecha

    Head of IT

    Kamal has over 25 years experience in the IT Industry, having managed Servers, HP SANs, Infrastructure, VOIP, Firewalls, Networks, and end point devices. At L&W Kamal manages the provision of IT support and training across our three offices. Kamal has deveoped L&Ws IT policies and disaster recovery plans. Kamal has developed Secure Systems as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and ensures that L&W is is certified at appropriate levels (e.g. Cyber Essentials).
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    Jade Marquis

    Administration Manager

    Jade Marquis

    Administration Manager

    Jade is the administration manager based in London. Her role includes looking after the chief executive's diary, ISO managements, HR, making sure L&W comply data protection. Jade is also the administrator of the secure server, liaising with clients and staff on using PGP and data transfer. She also maintains the smooth running of the London office.
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    Alpa Patel

    Internal Services Administrator

    Alpa Patel

    Internal Services Administrator

    Alpa Patel has extensive experience of working in local government as a Welfare Rights Officer and Paralegal. Since commencing her role as an internal services administrator, she has developed a working knowledge of finance and governance in the wider context of a charitable organisation. Part of Alpa's role is to ensure the office operates smoothly and to provide an effective induction to new employees.
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    Begonia Fernandez

    Internal Services and HR Administrator

    Begonia Fernandez

    Internal Services and HR Administrator

    Begonia is involved with all aspects of internal services including office and finance administration, business services for the London office and a comprehensive overview of HR functions processes and procedures. Begonia is fluent in Spanish and enjoys assisting R&D colleagues with translations when needed.
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    Tim Mitchell

    Assistant Accountant

    Tim Mitchell

    Assistant Accountant

    A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT),Tim Joined L&W after nine years working in the private pensions industry, while studying to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Tim is involved in the day-to-day financial processes as well as running the payroll function.
  • Mason Heard

    Mason Heard

    Finance Apprentice

    Mason Heard

    Finance Apprentice

    Mason is the youngest member of staff at L&W. He joined as a finance apprentice and is currently undertaking the Level 2 AAT qualification, with the intent to progress through the levels to become fully qualified. At L&W he contributes to general finance functions and is a great example of lifelong adult learning.

L&W Cymru

  • Calvin Lees

    Calvin Lees

    Project Officer

    Calvin Lees

    Project Officer

    Calvin joined L&W from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council where he was Principle Officer for Adult Education. Calvin has 15 years project management experience with ESF and ERDF European projects, and was a member of the Learning partnership board, Older learner network board and had experience of project development across 14-19 and post 16 education, employment and skills sectors. Calvin is currently responsible for project development and delivery across Wales including current work on the Personal Learning Accounts Pilot, F.E Skills Development Fund and the evaluation of 'Working Wales' for the Welsh Government. He is also leading on a Welsh Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility project to share best practice on Adult Learning campaigns and Learner Ambassadors across Europe.
  • Nisha Patel

    Nisha Patel

    Campaigns, Marketing and Communications Support Assistant

    Nisha Patel

    Campaigns, Marketing and Communications Support Assistant

    Nisha is the campaigns, marketing and communications support assistant at L&W Cymru and works within the policy and communications team. Nisha’s role involves supporting the planning and delivery of the Inspire! Awards and Adult Learners’ Week in Wales. Nisha manages and maintains all digital communication platforms such as the website, social media and email marketing; and develops ways to creatively showcase our work to maximise the reach and impact of our work.Nisha also supports the coordination of L&W Cymru events.
  • Kay Smith

    Kay Smith

    Head of Campaigns, Policy and Development

    Kay Smith

    Head of Campaigns, Policy and Development

    Kay is head of campaigns, policy and development for L&W in Wales. Kay has expertise in working with broadcasters on social action campaigns and working with stakeholders and partners across Wales, she leads on promotional activity for the Adult Learners' Week festival and the Inspire! Awards to raise awareness and widen access to lifelong learning. Alongside this other development and policy work includes Family Learning, ESOL, Essential Skills and Community Learning.
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    Wendy Ellaway-Lock

    Internal Services Manager

    Wendy Ellaway-Lock

    Internal Services Manager

    Wendy supports project logistics planning and budget management, as well as being responsible for office systems, accommodation strategies, buildings and maintenance and health and safety regulations.Wendy is responsible for the co-ordination and distribution of papers for the Wales Strategy Group and wider networks and plays a key role in the co-ordination and evaluation of all external events including conferences and training programmes.