Learning and Work Institute looks for a new Chief Executive

26 May 2016

The Learning and Work Institute Chief Executive, David Hughes, has been appointed Chief Executive at the Association of Colleges (AoC)

Maggie Galliers CBE, Chair of Learning and Work Institute said:

“David has skillfully led the Institute for the last 5 years through challenging and changing external environment and led the successful merger and re-brand at the start of this year. He has helped us to navigate a difficult path, as funding became more and more scarce, to remain a sustainable and successful organisation.

“He leaves behind a strong organisation with great staff who will be able to continue to deliver high quality research, development, policy, influence, events and campaigns which help support more people to realise their ambitions and potential in life, learning and work. 

“On behalf of the Board and staff, I would like to thank David for the hard work he has put in and the leadership he has shown to help secure the future of the Institute. I am also delighted that he is moving onto the Association of Colleges, a sister organisation which will benefit from his skills and leadership.

“We will start the search for a successor straight away and I look forward to announcing a new CEO in the coming months.”

David Hughes said:

“I am sad to be leaving Learning and Work Institute after five years. I have been proud and privileged to lead the organisation and I am confident that it is on a secure footing now with a strong Board and great staff who will maintain and extend its reach and impact. 

“My time at the Institute has seen a lot of change but I am proud that it is a respected and credible voice across the learning, skills and employment sectors. It contributes high quality research and policy support which is increasingly influential across the UK and in Europe and our Festival of Learning campaign is still going strong after 25 years.

“I am excited about the move and look forward to working in partnership with Learning and Work Institute and my successor in our shared ambitions for learners, the economy and society.”


Please direct enquiries to Shane Chowen, Head of Public Affairs at Learning and Work Institute on 07795 456664 or shane.chowen@learningandwork.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1.    Learning and Work Institute is a new independent research and development organisation promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We offer research and development project services, policy development, statistical analysis, events and conferences, funded campaigns (eg: Festival of Learning). We work with partners, inspire people to learn and help transform people’s experiences of learning and employment. What we do benefits individuals, families, communities and the wider economy.

2.    Learning and Work Institute is the result of the merger of NIACE and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, originally announced at the IntoWork Convention on 14 July 2015