Leading ASDAN was 'enormous privilege' says outgoing CEO

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ASDAN CEO Maggie Walker will be leaving the organisation in August after more than three years at the helm of the education charity and awarding body.

Maggie, who is taking early retirement, will be replaced by Jenny Williams​ who becomes ASDAN Managing Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group in September.

Maggie was Deputy Head at Lincoln Minster School, Lincoln, before being appointed Head of Award Programmes at ASDAN in September 2006 and was named CEO in 2013.

Maggie said: “It’s been an enormous privilege leading such a well respected and successful education charity that’s grown from a small school-based project called the Youth Award Scheme into an organisation providing programmes and qualifications in more than 4,500 centres in almost 40 countries across the world.

“I believe passionately in the work of ASDAN – our engaging and flexible programmes ensure learning is relevant and transferable for students. I’ve met many learners over the years whose lives have been transformed as a result of ASDAN courses. This month, ASDAN celebrated its 25th anniversary, a significant milestone that demonstrates the enduring appeal of our programmes and how our unique pedagogy has stood the test of time.

“I will greatly miss being a part of ASDAN but I am pleased that we’ve made a strong appointment in Jenny Williams. With Jenny’s leadership, support from the many talented staff at ASDAN, and our involvement in the Skills and Education Group, we have a bright future ahead.”

Jenny joins ASDAN from her successful role as Director of Vocational Education and Training at the Education and Training Foundation. Prior to that, Jenny led the Secretariat for the influential Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning. Read more about the appointment of Jenny Williams in the Skills and Education Group press release.

The Skills and Education Group is an exciting new partnership comprising ASDAN; ABC Awards, which develops vocational qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; and emfec, which provides support services to colleges and partners in the further education and skills sector. The Group will accelerate growth for all three organisations by combining more than 100 years’ experience in education and skills.