Meet our Advisory Committee

We are extremely passionate about the work we do, and we are  committed to making a lasting and positive difference to people’s lives by providing excellent learning programmes.

To help us achieve this, whilst also ensuring we act in the best interest of our learners and the communities in which we and they live and work, we have a very talented Advisory Committee.

Their role is to scrutinise, challenge and support the work of ACT’s Board of Directors whilst examining the use of public funds and considering whether the best possible outcomes for learners are being achieved.

Our Advisory Committee was established at the end of 2012 and, we are very proud to say that we were the first learning provider in the UK to do so.

Our Advisory Committee members include:

Nerys Evans (Chair)

Nerys was approached by ACT in 2011 in light of the Humphrey’s review into Governance in further education and asked to establish an Advisory Committee for ACT. Nerys is a former member of the National Assembly for Wales and has extensive experience in educational policy development. She was spokesperson for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning for Plaid Cymru and was a member of the Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee. Since then Nerys has served as an Advisory Education Commissioner for the Welsh Government overseeing services in Blaenau Gwent, and is currently a member of the Government’s Strategic Performance Board in Blaenau Gwent.

Nerys is also Head of Strategy for Portal Educational training and a Director at the Cardiff-based Public Affairs Consultancy Deryn.  She is a member of Ofcom’s advisory committee for Wales and on the First Minister’s Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.

Pippa John-Cooke

Pippa is passionate about, and wholly committed to, supporting people to recognise and fulfil their potential through the provision of meaningful, relevant, high quality and flexible learning episodes.

Pippa is a dedicated lifelong learner and recently qualified as a professional coach and mentor.  She is a graduate of Nottingham (BA,Linguistics and English), Manchester (PGCE, MA in Adult Education and the Mass Media) and Glamorgan (MSc Education Management) Universities.

Pippa’s work experience includes VSO Nigeria (teaching), Manchester and Zagreb Universities (teaching), Lancaster Adult College (teaching and management), Cardiff Council (Community Education management; Collaboration and Partnership development), The Open University (Collaboration and Partnership development; project management), and TalentPlusTalent (coach/mentoring).

Professor Danny Saunders OBE

Over the last 38 years Danny Saunders has developed educational development and lifelong learning  partnerships with universities, colleges, schools, employers and community groups throughout the UK. He has engaged in Welsh Government advisory work, and his research has been published extensively in peer reviewed journals and books. Current activity involves writing of case studies about learning and teaching projects, developing work based learning, identifying lifelong learning catalysts amongst older age groups, and developing new progression pathways into higher education. Danny is an Emeritus Professor at the University of South Wales and a visiting Professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He also continues his involvement in higher education through managing QAA reviews, impact analysis, external examining, conference organising, and PhD supervision. Danny is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2010 he received the OBE for services to higher education in Wales.

Cerys Furlong

Cerys joined Learning and Work Institute in January 2014 as Director for Wales, from the Open University where she was Assistant Director (External Strategy). Cerys has worked in the post-16 education and skills sector in Wales for over ten years. Cerys also has considerable experience of local government, having previously served as a County Councillor for 6 years, and has worked for a number of senior politicians in Wales including the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM.

At the Learning and Work Institute Cerys is responsible for the management of staff, policy, strategic development, membership and resources for all work in Wales. Cerys is a member of the Board of Chapter Arts Centre and ACT Training, and is Vice Chair of the Bevan Foundation, a think tank working to promote social justice.

 

 

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