New Director for NIACE Dysgu Cymru

11th November 2013

Cerys Furlong, Assistant Director (External Strategy) for the Open University in Wales, has been appointed to the role of Director of NIACE Dysgu Cymru. She will be replacing the current Director, Richard Spear, who is taking up the role of Chief Executive at Careers Wales.

Cerys Furlong, in her current role at the Open University, is responsible for widening participation, employer engagement and external partnerships and collaboration across Wales. Cerys represents the Open University on a range of key strategic groups including the three HE regional partnerships on Wales, Higher Education Wales and Reaching Wider.

Prior to working for the Open University, Cerys was Programme Director for NIACE Dysgu Cymru, where she authored a number of publications on adult education in Wales. Cerys’s background in education research also includes working for Oxford University on the review of initial teacher training for Welsh Government. Cerys has an MSc in Social Science Research from Cardiff University.

Cerys is a Trustee of the Bevan Foundation, an independent think tank working for social justice in Wales, and a Board member of the awarding body Agored Cymru.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Cerys Furlong back to NIACE where her skills, experience and expertise of adult learning across Wales will be invaluable. She brings a wealth of knowledge which will build on the impressive work of NIACE Dysgu Cymru. She will play a crucial role in helping us to give adult learning prominence over the coming years as we continue to push for greater investment in learning opportunities for adults.”

Cerys Furlong said:

“I am really excited to re-join NIACE Dysgu Cymru at a vital time for the future economic prosperity of our country. NIACE Dysgu Cymru has an absolutely crucial role to play in working with Welsh Government, employers and the education sector in ensuring that adults can re-train, up-skill and gain the essential life skills they require to be full and active citizens in a modern and ambitious Wales.”

Cerys Furlong will be taking up her role of Director of NIACE Dysgu Cymru in January 2014.