NIACE strengthens top team in support of new manifesto

24 July 2014

Stephen Evans has been appointed as the new NIACE Deputy Chief Executive (Development and Research), leading the national R&D portfolio. He succeeds Carol Taylor OBE, who recently announced she will be leaving NIACE to pursue other interests from Autumn 2014.

Stephen is a nationally respected economist with expertise in welfare and skills policy. He joins NIACE from Working Links where he is currently Director of Policy and Strategic Development, working across support for employment, skills and young people in a large UK-wide provider of employment and skills programme.

Stephen was previously the London Development Agency’s Director of Employment and Skills, where he was accountable for the work of the employer-led London Skills and Employment Board, chaired by the Mayor of London, and was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation, an independent public policy think tank, publishing research on welfare reform, skills and housing.

From 2001-06 he was Senior Policy Adviser at HM Treasury, playing a lead role in the Leitch Review, a government-commissioned, independent review of the UK’s long-term skills needs.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“The Deputy Chief Executive (Development and Research) is a pivotal leadership role at NIACE, and I am delighted we have secured Stephen for this post. Stephen and I worked together previously during his time at the London Development Agency, and I am confident he will add further established national reputation, rigour in research and economics, and dynamism to this essential role.

“Our Research and Development portfolio is well established across the learning and skills sector and Stephen will bring high standards and thought leadership to this portfolio, as well as underlining our commitment to the goals in our recent 2015 General Election Manifesto.

“We will miss Carol Taylor when she leaves, and she will be a hard act to follow, but we now have a fantastic opportunity working with Stephen to build on her legacy, to further advance lifelong learning opportunities for adults of all ages and learning stages, and to demonstrate the real added value this brings to continuing UK economic renewal.”

Stephen Evans said:

“I’m delighted to be joining NIACE and looking forward to contributing to its vital work in advancing the role of skills in our society. Lifelong learning is vital to both the success of our economy and advancement of social inclusion, and this importance is only going to grow in the years ahead. NIACE has always played a leading role and I’m excited to have the opportunity to take this forward and build on Carol Taylor’s excellent work.”

Stephen Evans will take up his role on 8 September 2014, and completes the top management team at NIACE with David Hughes, Chief Executive, and Tom Stannard, Deputy Chief Executive.