Our board members and fellows

Company Board

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    Nick Stuart CB

    President

    Nick Stuart CB

    President

    Nick Stuart was educated at Harrow and Oxford. He joined the Department for Education and Science in 1964 and served as private secretary to the Minister for the Arts (Jenny Lee) in 1968-69; the Head of the Civil Service (Sir William Armstrong) and to successive Prime Ministers (1973-76). He also served as an adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission (Roy Jenkins) in 1978-80. He was appointed CB in 1992. He went on to hold a number of posts as director general in the Education and Employment Departments between 1987 and 2001 when he retired as director general for lifelong learning.
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    Maggie Galliers CBE

    Chair of Board

    Maggie Galliers CBE

    Chair of Board

    Maggie Galliers is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Board. Maggie is also Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council at Buckinghamshire New University and is also a member of the Further Education Advisory Panel for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for higher and further education. She served for sixteen years as Principal of two further education colleges, Henley College Coventry and then Leicester College, and was elected President of the Association of Colleges in 2012/13. A strong advocate for lifelong learning and inclusion, she has been chair of the Learning and Work Institute since its formation. Maggie has extensive experience at Board level nationally and locally. This includes having been a member of Ofqual Board, the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) Quality Assessment Committee, the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) Board, the National Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the LSC’s Young People’s Learning Committee, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Teaching Quality and Student Experience Committee and the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Group. She has also carried out varied assignments in colleges as a National Leader in Governance for the FE sector, was chair of City College Coventry leading up to a merger in 2017, chair of NIACE, a member of the Council of the Open University and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Academy Trust. Currently she is a member of the Board of NEBOSH, the National Examination Board in Occupational Health and Safety. Maggie was appointed CBE for services to local and national further education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List 2009. In 2013 she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Education by the University of Bedfordshire for “her outstanding contribution to further education and support for access and progression to higher education.”
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    Charlotte Bosworth

    Trustee

    Charlotte Bosworth

    Trustee

    Charlotte is Managing Director of Innovate Awarding which is a regulated awarding body and end point assessment organisation focused on providing the best chance of assessment success for apprentices, employers and providers. Charlotte’s career within education commenced in 1996 with RSA Examinations Board and she has vast experience in curriculum, assessment and qualification design. Charlotte has spent much of her career working in partnership with thought leaders in education to influence curriculum delivery and development, and to ensure best practice is assimilated into the development of qualifications, assessments and delivery. Much of Charlotte’s work has included building relationships and interpreting the needs of employers. In addition, Charlotte is a Governor at Walsall College and a board member of The Federation of Awarding Bodies. She is also an Independent Governor for a secondary school that’s vision is led by national employers.
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    Hâf Merrifield

    Trustee

    Hâf Merrifield

    Trustee

    Hâf Merrifield is currently Director of Strategy at the Open University. Before joining the University sector Hâf spent much of her career in the Civil service, including as Director for Children and Learners for the East Midlands for the Department for Education with previous roles in the Department of Trade and Industry, Cabinet Office and, briefly, the European Commission. She also has experience as a senior manager in local government. She has a longstanding interest in the power of education and skills to transform life chances.
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    Jeff Greenidge

    Chair, Wales Strategy Group

    Jeff Greenidge

    Chair, Wales Strategy Group

    Jeff Greenidge has over 25 years of senior level strategic leadership and management within the public, commercial and non-profit sectors in the UK and Europe. He was previously responsible for delivering learndirect contract in Wales and England and has served on the Board of WEA South Wales and Agored Cymru and Rubicon Dance. His career started as a teacher at Oakdale School in Gwent and then as Head of Department at Llanrumney High school in Cardiff. This was followed by three years in the Civil Service designing and implementing the National Curriculum for modern foreign languages in schools and two years as a Post Graduate Teacher Trainer at University College Swansea. He has also worked a consultant to Cardiff Local Education Authority on curriculum development, and at the WJEC was responsible for the development of a portfolio of European vocational training projects. A firm believer in strong partner relations as a means of getting more value to from line services and of ensuring timely responses to local and national priorities.
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    Jeremy Moore CB

    Trustee

    Jeremy Moore CB

    Trustee

    Jeremy was until recently Director-General for Policy at the Department for Work and Pensions. He now has a portfolio career. Previously, at the Department for Education, he worked on both schools and HE policy and was for 4 years a non-executive director of the Student Loans Company. He spent 2 years on secondment to HM Treasury heading the Housing Urban and Transport team. He also worked for a number of years at the Economic and Social Research Council. Jeremy is deeply interested in human capital issues and the critical importance of lifelong learning. He is also strongly committed to the use of evidence and analysis in policy making.
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    Ruth Spellman OBE

    Trustee

    Ruth Spellman OBE

    Trustee

    Ruth Spellman was the first and only female chief executive in the 116 year history of the WEA - the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. She recently stood down from this role to become an Ambassador. Ruth uses her extensive knowledge and experience of how education can change people’s lives, to shape the future of WEA and in her capacity as Board Member for various education charities. Ruth was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to workplace learning and she holds three Honorary Doctorates. Ruth’s early experience in the public sector saw her lead the HR consulting practice at Coopers and Lybrand and at NSPCC as a HR Director, modernising the organisation’s approach to developing its people and winning the Employer of the Year Award in 1996. Ruth progressed to lead Investors in People where she overhauled the IIP brand, which subsequently became an acknowledged Superbrand. She departed achieving IIP for 33,000 employers, of which 15,000 were SMEs. Ruth was the first female Chief Executive of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, where she led a strategy that focussed on retention of female talent, development path for young engineers, admittance to professional membership and engaged with public policy on transport, energy and the environment.
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    Tim Render

    Treasurer

    Tim Render

    Treasurer

    Tim had a long career in local authorities, retiring as finance director of a major Midlands local authority. Since then he has had a portfolio of activities including finance and organisational consultancy for the local authority, private, higher education and voluntary sectors, and non-executive roles in the public and private sectors. He is currently Chair of Audit for the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group in North East Lincolnshire, and a non executive director of a tenant-led housing association. He was a governor of a local further education college for 17 years, and is a Trustee and local school governor for the Midland Academies Trust . Tim is a trustee of several local charities including a foodbank, Worklink Hinckley, that provides training into work for people with learning disabilities; and is Treasurer of his local Anglican church.
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    Lauren Harris

    Trustee

    Lauren Harris

    Trustee

    Lauren Harris is a director in the Standard Chartered Group Internal Audit function. Prior to this, she spent most of her career providing audit and advisory services at KPMG in the financial services and charity sectors. Working closely with board and audit committees to promote best practices in corporate governance and risk management. She has also held key roles in developing learning strategies, and currently chairs a global network with a mission to equip and accelerate the careers of women.
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    Tony Lawlor

    Chair of the Audit Committee

    Tony Lawlor

    Chair of the Audit Committee

    Tony is Group Finance Director at the TEC Partnership, one of England's largest outstanding providers of further and higher education. Tony's career in education spans 10 years and includes stints at a further 3 FE colleges and an interim role at the Construction Industry Training Board. An accomplished Finance Director, Tony has worked across a range of sectors delivering strategic and operational transformation and governance excellence. Tony is commercially focused and experienced at operating at Board level in addition to working with large complex organisations ensuring robust financial systems and processes are present. Previous non-executive director experience include Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Paul Greening

    Paul Greening

    Independent member of the Audit Committee

    Paul Greening

    Independent member of the Audit Committee

    Paul is a retired civil servant who worked for the DWP, for 19 of them as a chartered public finance accountant.  He served as Finance Director for two of the department’s arm’s length bodies (NEST and BPDTS) as well as a senior finance officer within the core department.   Since retiring he has served as treasurer to a local charity in Harrogate, as well as non executive roles in the not for profit sector.
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    Abdul Islam

    Independent member of the Audit Committee

    Abdul Islam

    Independent member of the Audit Committee

    Abdul is currently head of Group Accounting at ALD Automotive which is a French listed company. Prior to this Abdul has spent time leading high performing teams at Virgin Media O2, HSBC, EY amongst others. Abdul is also involved in an interactive elearning platform, audit committee member at the AAT.

Fellows

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    Professor Baroness Alison Wolf

    Fellow

    Professor Baroness Alison Wolf

    Fellow

    Alison is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Management at Kings College, and a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. In March 2011 she completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Qualifications, and in 2015/16 was a member of the independent panel member on technical education, chaired by Lord Sainsbury, which formed the basis of the Government’s Skills Plan.
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    Dame Carol Black

    Fellow

    Dame Carol Black

    Fellow

    Professor Dame Carol Black is currently Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She chairs NHS Improvement’s Advisory Board on Employee Health and Wellbeing, and is Adviser to NHSI and PHE on Health and Work. She is also a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers, and of the Board of UKActive. On 27th February 2020 Dame Carol’s Independent Review for the Home Office on illicit drugs was published. She recently completed her seven-year term as Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, where she was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She still sits on the University’s Advisory Board for the Centre of Science and Public Policy, and the Strategy Board on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. She is a Patron of the Women’s Leadership Centre in the Judge Business School.
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    Charlotte Pickles

    Fellow

    Charlotte Pickles

    Fellow

    Charlotte is the director at Reform thinktank. She was previously the Capitalism Editor and columnist, and then Managing Editor, of the media start up UnHerd.com. Charlotte has worked in a variety of roles across the public, private and third sectors looking at how to reform public services in order to deliver better outcomes and better value for money, including Department for Work and Pensions and Centre for Social Justice.
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    David Hughes

    Fellow

    David Hughes

    Fellow

    David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion. From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). At the LSC and SFA David led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully took on trouble-shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances. Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development. David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.
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    Ian Ashman

    Fellow

    Ian Ashman

    Fellow

    Ian was the 2016/17 President of the Association of Colleges. He was Principal of Hackney College between 2007 to 2016 and prior to that a Principal and Senior Manager in two London Colleges. He previously worked in the local government and voluntary sectors and is now working as an executive coach and in educational consultancy.
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    John Griffiths

    Fellow

    John Griffiths

    Fellow

    John is the member of the Welsh Assembly for Newport East. He worked as a lecturer in Further and Higher Education, prior to becoming a solicitor and then being elected to the Welsh Assembly. He has previously served in a number of Ministerial positions and is currently Chair of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

Emeritus Fellows

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    Sir Alan Tuckett OBE

    Emeritus Fellow

    Sir Alan Tuckett OBE

    Emeritus Fellow

    Sir Alan Tuckett OBE is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, Past President of the International Council for Adult Education and Honorary Fellow of UNESCO's Institute of Lifelong Learning. He led the work of L&W's predecessor NIACE from 1988-2011, and since then has been an honorary life member and emeritus research fellow. At NIACE Alan started Adult Learners' Week in 1992, and saw its adoption by UNESCO and spread to more than fifty countries. Alan worked at the Friends Centre Brighton 1973-81, where he helped start the national adult literacy campaign; was Principal of Clapham-Battersea AEI in ILEA 1981-88, and policy adviser to ILEA's Chair FHE 1987-8. Alan has honorary doctorates from eight universities, he is a Fellow of City and Guilds, of the College of Teachers and of the Assessor's Guild. he was inducted to the International hall of Fame of Adult Educators in 2006, and made Distinguished Professor of the International Institute of Adult Education in Delhi. He has worked recently with UNESCO, the World Economic Forum, CREFAL in Mexico, OECD and numerous governments. He is Vice Chair of the 2019 Commission on Adult Education.
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    Dan Finn

    Emeritus Fellow

    Dan Finn

    Emeritus Fellow

    Dan Finn is professor emeritus at the University of Portsmouth and an international expert on the design and delivery of public employment services, activation policies and partnership working between public and private providers. Over the past 30 years he has been published extensively and has supervised and managed a wide range of policy-focused comparative research projects and evidence reviews. Dan has been an expert adviser or consultant for international bodies, including the World Bank, the European Commission and the ILO, and for UK bodies including the National Audit Office and the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.
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    Dave Simmonds

    Emeritus Fellow

    Dave Simmonds

    Emeritus Fellow

    Dave Simmonds OBE was the chief executive of the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion up until its merger to form Learning and Work Institute. Dave was the co-founder of Inclusion in 1996 and built it to be a respected voice in UK ‘welfare to work’ research and policy. Dave has also worked as a special adviser to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, and the OECD. Dave has advised the Scottish and Welsh governments, as well as the Northern Ireland Executive and the Republic of Ireland on their work on unemployment. Dave was awarded an OBE in the honours list for summer 2005 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals. Prior to Inclusion he was interim director for England at the National Lottery Charities Board, now Big Lottery, and held various posts at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, where he was responsible for economic policy and voluntary sector involvement in labour market programmes.