New Chief Executive Appointed

Agored Cymru is delighted to announce that Darren Howells has been appointed the new Chief Executive.

Darren who is currently the Interim Chief Executive at Agored Cymru following the departure of previous CEO Kevern Kerswell, will take up his new post in May 2021. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive.

Announcing Darren’s appointment John Graystone, Chair of the Board of Governors, Agored Cymru said:

“I very much welcome Darren’s appointment as the new Chief Executive of Agored Cymru. Darren brings a huge wealth of commercial experience and knowledge of Adult and Work Based Learning to this post.

“The Agored Cymru Board was impressed with Darren’s passion for raising standards and tackling disadvantage. These fit in closely with the overall purpose of Agored Cymru and its commitment to open access”.

“The education and skills landscape in Wales has undergone significant challenges in recent times but has also created many opportunities for awarding organisations. Darren’s business focus and drive harnessed to the expertise and challenge of the Board and the enthusiasm of staff will ensure a positive future for Agored Cymru. I look forward to working with Darren.”

Darren has held a variety of senior commercial positions both within the Awarding Body sector and International consumer goods organisations

Speaking about his appointment Darren said: “Agored Cymru works with many organisations to tackle disadvantage, raise skills, build aspirations and improve employability across Wales through lifelong learning”

“I feel extremely privileged to be taking the lead and to be working with a great team and Board of Governors, driving our organisation forward to achieve even more for learners in Wales and beyond” 

“The education and training sector continues to face unprecedented challenges and Agored Cymru is uniquely placed to create and extend opportunities for all learners across a wide range of curriculum areas.  I look forward to building on our already excellent partnerships to deliver the very best opportunities for learners.”

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