New deputy directors appointed

Learning and Work Institute today announced the appointment of new senior staff as it strengthens its team focused on boosting policy and practice in learning, skills and employment.

Date:

05 12 2018

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Learning and Work Institute today announced the appointment of new senior staff as it strengthens its team focused on boosting policy and practice in learning, skills and employment.

Two new Deputy Directors of Research and Development have been appointed: Naomi Clayton, currently Policy and Research Manager at Centre for Cities and Deputy Director at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth; and Joe Dromey, currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research. Both Naomi and Joe have led extensive and influential programmes of work on learning, skills and employment. They will take up their new roles in early 2019.

The announcement follows the recent appointment of Fiona Aldridge as Learning and Work Institute’s (L&W) Director of Policy and Research, leading its research and development work and team. Fiona was previously Deputy Director at L&W.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute, said:

“I’m delighted to appoint Fiona, Naomi and Joe. They will each bring a range of strengths, insights and new ideas to our work. Learning, skills and employment are crucial for our future fairness, prosperity and society. These new appointments will further enhance our work to evidence and influence policy and practice.”

Fiona Aldridge said:

“This is an exciting time to be at Learning and Work Institute. Fair access to learning and work are essential in shaping and responding to the challenges of the future – our ambition to tackle inequalities in opportunity are more important than ever. I am delighted to have been appointed to lead our excellent team, and to welcome all that Naomi and Joe will bring to our work.”

Naomi Clayton said:

“I am delighted to be joining this excellent organisation dedicated to finding real solutions to low productivity, inequality and poverty. I look forward to working with the team and partners to build on Learning and Work Institute’s already significant achievements.”

Joe Dromey said:

“Learning and Work Institute do such important work on lifelong learning, decent work, social justice and inclusion. I’ve long admired Learning and Work Institute; it is an organisation with a proud history and a really important future in shaping the debate on employment and skills. I am hugely looking forward to joining their fantastic team and contributing to their work.

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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 employment 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 employment and skills, and as a council officer.
  • Naomi Clayton

    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.