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Chief Executive, Jenny Williams, steps down after eight years of transformative leadership

After eight years of leading ASDAN, we are sorry to share the news that Jenny Williams has decided to step down as Chief Executive in June.   

Speaking about her decision, Jenny said: 

‘This has not been an easy decision, but after almost eight extraordinary years in which together we have evolved ASDAN, I believe it is the right time to hand over the reins to someone who can lead the next chapter of ASDAN’s story.

It has been an honour to lead ASDAN since 2016. We have overcome some challenging times, and I am proud of the work we have done to renew ASDAN, develop an education strategy that stays true to ASDAN’s principles while responding to changes in the external landscape, and lay strong foundations for a sustainable and promising future.’

Jenny’s decision comes after she has led ASDAN through a number of changes, not least a global pandemic. The education charity and awarding organisation has emerged stronger, with a clarity of focus to benefit many more learners with diverse needs in the years ahead.

Rik Boxer, Chair of Trustees said:

‘I want to thank Jenny for leading the renewal of ASDAN - restoring our clarity of focus on engaging, elevating and empowering learners with diverse needs. Jenny has inspired the confidence of trustees and all those who have worked with her and will be a hard act to follow.

Nevertheless, we are excited about the new developments we are planning to continue to help you support your learners’ needs and look forward to working closely with you over the coming years to ensure we do this well. We are incredibly fortunate to have an expert, creative and experienced team at ASDAN who are passionate about supporting you and your learners to succeed.’ 

ASDAN is now preparing to start recruitment for ASDAN’s new CEO in February. Jenny will remain Chief Executive until the end of June to support a smooth transition of leadership. Further information will be available on our website in the coming weeks.