New NIACE CEO announced

24 March 2011

The Board of NIACE has announced that David Hughes – the current National Provider Services Director at the Skills Funding Agency – will be the new Chief Executive of NIACE, following the retirement of Professor Alan Tuckett in the summer.

David Hughes will take up his position as NIACE Chief Executive on 1 September 2011, after a career that has involved leading complex organisations and implementing change in post-school education and skills. Before joining the Skills Funding Agency, David worked as Executive Director in Derbyshire and Regional Director – in both the East Midlands and London – of the Learning and Skills Council. He has also worked in the voluntary sector both in the UK – as Chief Executive of Nottingham CVS – and Australia in areas including housing, social enterprise, regeneration and education.

Nick Stuart, Chair of the NIACE Company Board, said:

“We are delighted that David has accepted the NIACE Board’s offer to become Chief Executive of NIACE. The post involves being the leading voice for adult learning, working with politicians, policy makers, organisers and teachers across the full range of contexts in which adults learn.”

“David’s experience, both locally and nationally, in lifelong learning policy, his familiarity with government and his experience in the voluntary sector, all make him an ideal choice for this role.”

The new Chief Executive, David Hughes, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be offered this job. NIACE is a hugely important organisation which does fantastic work and I relish the opportunity to help it continue to make the impact it does on adult learning policy and practice.”

Alan Tuckett, current NIACE Chief Executive who has been leading NIACE since 1988, said:

“I can think of no one better than David to take forward the work of NIACE. Adult learning is of central importance to economic prosperity and social cohesion. NIACE has been making this case for the last 90 years. We will need all of David’s values and his combination of flair, energy and strategic vision to adapt those messages for a new era. I wish him every success.”