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Stephen Evans appointed chief executive of Learning and Work Institute

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Stephen Evans has been appointed the next chief executive of the Learning and Work Institute.

Mr Evans, who has been deputy CEO for the last two years, will take over in September, replacing David Hughes, who is moving to take on a new role as chief executive of the Association of Colleges.

Mr Evans currently heads up the institute’s research and development work, and previously worked at 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, held the role of chief economist at the Social Market Foundation, and spent six years as a senior policy advisor in HM Treasury, leading on policy to cut child poverty, increase employment and boost productivity.

Maggie Galliers, chair of the Learning and Work Institute’s 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.”

Mr Evans said he was “delighted” with his new role, and paid tribute to Mr Hughes’ “excellent job building our organisation and championing lifelong learning”. “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,” he added.

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