Eight new Fellows for Learning and Work Institute

3 November 2017

Learning and Work Institute has announced the appointment of its first eight Fellows, made up of leaders from the learning, skills and employment sectors.

The announcement comes as L&W launches its Impact Report, setting out the difference it made in 2016/17. This details the work L&W has done in line with its Strategic Plan themes focused on life and society, work and careers, improving the system, and campaigning.

The Fellows appointed are:

Alan Cave. Alan is the Chief Executive Officer of APM. He previously worked for Capita and Serco and was Delivery Director at the Department for Work and Pensions. Other previous roles include Head of Consulting at the Work Foundation.

Professor Baroness Alison Wolf. 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.

Dame Asha Khemka. Asha has been Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group since May 2006 and has more than 25 years Further Education experience. She is a member of the Board of the Institute for Apprenticeships, and serves on a number of other boards.

Professor Dame Carol Black. Carol is the Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health and Public Health England. She is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and has chaired the UK Health Honours Committee. Dame Carol was National Director for Health and Work from 2006 to 2012, and completed two independent reviews for the Government, the first in 2008 on the health of the UK working population, the second in 2011 (as co-chair) on sickness absence in Britain.

Charlotte Pickles. Charlotte is the Editor of Unherd’s Reforming Capitalism track. She was previously Deputy Director and Head of Research at Reform thinktank and prior to that expert advisor at the Department of Work and Pensions.

David Hughes. David is the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges. Previously he was the Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute. Before that, from 2001-11 David worked in a number of senior roles in the Skills Funding Agency. He previously held a number of voluntary sector roles in the UK and Australia, and a range of Board and Committee roles.

Ian Ashman. 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 in educational consultancy.

John Griffiths AM. 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.

Fellows are appointed on a five-year basis in recognition of their achievements in learning, skills and employment, and their expertise will also help to inform the work of Learning and Work Institute.

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

“I’m delighted to announce the appointments of our first Fellows. They are proven leaders in their fields. We are pleased to recognise their achievements, and look forward to working with them so that our work is informed by their expertise.”

See the full list of Fellows and their biographies here.