Stephen Evans to head Learning and Work Institute

All change at the top of two of the key trade bodies concerned with skills and apprenticeships.

First, the Learning and Work Institute has announced that Stephen Evans will take over as CEO in September. Evans has served as deputy CEO at the institute for the past two years, and before that worked for the London Development Agency as Director of Employment and Skills, commissioning programmes and leading the work of the London Skills and Employment Board; was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation; and spent six years as senior Policy Adviser in HM Treasury, leading on policy to cut child poverty, increase employment and boost productivity.

Evans takes over from the departing CEO David Hughes, who will leave the LWI to assume the role of chief executive at the Association of Colleges. Evans, expressed his delight at the new role, saying, “I am delighted to be appointed as chief executive of Learning and Work Institute. Learning and work have the power to transform lives, but today too many people are missing out. With the pace of economic, social and political change it has perhaps never been more important to tackle these inequalities. That is what drives the Learning and Work Institute.”

‘A strong voice for lifelong learning’

The Institute was created in September last year as part of a collaboration the collaboration between the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and the Centre for Social Inclusion (Inclusion).

Meanwhile, Maggie Galliers CBE, chair of the Learning and Work Institute Company Board, said: “Stephen has an impressive CV and is a very experienced choice, best placed to build on our strengths and provide a strong voice for lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.

“Whilst saying goodbye to an excellent Chief Executive in David Hughes, I am delighted that he will be replaced by someone as experienced and dedicated as Stephen who will lead the Learning and Work Institute to a successful future.”