NIACE welcomes new LEAFEA Chair and Vice-Chair

21st June 2012

NIACE warmly welcomes the election of Ian Forward as the new Chair of LEAFEA, the network of local authority lead officers for Adult and Community Learning. Ian leads the Community Learning and Skills Service at Kent County Council and has previously served as Vice-Chair of LEAFEA. Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Head of Adult Learning and Skills, Cambridgeshire County Council replaces Ian as Vice-Chair.

Ian Forward, said:

“I’m very pleased to be taking on this role at a critical time for adult learning and skills. There is much to be done to secure recognition for the important role community learning and skills play in many key agendas at a national and local level. Our services contribute significantly to economic growth, civic engagement, health and well-being of citizens and our activity often enables disadvantaged individuals and families to transform their lives. I am keen to create an inclusive voice for the sector to advance this agenda and ensure we influence local and national decision makers and commissioners.”

NIACE Head of Policy Development, Penny Lamb, said:

“We are looking forward to working with Ian and Lynsi on this strategic agenda and welcome the ongoing energy and commitment of LEAFEA members that is so essential in supporting adult learning in these challenging times.”