New Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute

19 July 2016

Stephen EvansStephen Evans will take over in September as CEO at Learning and Work Institute, following the departure of David Hughes who will become CEO at Association of Colleges.

Stephen was chosen after a competitive open process from a strong field. He has been Deputy CEO for 2 years and has responsibility for our extensive research and development work. Stephen joined from Working Links, a leading provider for employment and skills services, where he led on policy, strategy and business development.

Prior to this, he 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 Advisor in HM Treasury, leading on policy to cut child poverty, increase employment and boost productivity.

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.”

Stephen Evans, incoming CEO said:

“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.

“David Hughes has done an excellent job building our organisation and championing lifelong learning. I look forward to building on this and ensuring the Learning and Work Institute is a powerful voice for ensuring everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential through learning and work.”