Careers Wales has announced the appointment of a university professor, an executive coach and a digital executive to its board

Sue Maguire, Tony Dowling and Leanne Teichner join a 13-strong board of non-executive directors who will help the organisation embark on the delivery of its new Changing Lives strategy.

Sue Maguire, an Honorary Professor at the University of Bath and Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford, has carried out policy-related research for more than two decades. 

Her work on post-16 transitions of disadvantaged young people has been cited by UK Government committees, the Cabinet Office, the Treasury, Department for Education, and Welsh Government. 

Leanne Teichner’s background is in community development, inclusion and the progression of disadvantaged groups. An adult educator and executive coach, her work focuses on supporting disadvantaged adults into higher education, leading projects with ethnic minority groups, and coaching professional women.

Tony Dowling is a digital marketing executive with 25 years’ experience in a range of media roles including conceiving and running the digital Oi Conference, and as MD at Real Radio Wales.

The appointments come as Careers Wales embarks on delivery of its Changing Lives strategy, its new three-year approach to advice delivery in Wales. 

Alongside face-to-face guidance in schools, the new approach has an emphasis on digital services, including online psychometric testing and a digital profile builder. It also includes the development of an Employer Exchange Programme between education and industry to facilitate work experience opportunities for pupils.

Commenting on the appointments, Debra Williams, chair at Careers Wales, said: “In a diverse economy, with more career routes than ever for young people, it’s important that those helping shape the future direction of Careers Wales themselves have varied backgrounds and experience.

“The new appointments will be instrumental in driving the organisation forward, ensuring that it’s on the front foot and fit-for-purpose in delivering world-class careers advice to young people in Wales.”

Sue Maguire said: “Informed and impartial guidance should be an essential requirement for all young people and adults, whether it is to steer a route through school and into post-16 or higher education, take the first steps into employment or training, or to re-engage. I am delighted to be able to offer my expertise to the vital work of Careers Wales.”

Tony Dowling said: “I am passionate about Wales, the digital world, and about providing Welsh people with the choices and support they need to be everything they can be. Finding myself as part of an organisation like Careers Wales at this point in its development is a perfect fit for me. I’m extremely excited and very proud to have the chance to help support the organisation to take its next steps on its journey.”

Leanne Teichner said: “I look forward to working to raise awareness of misunderstood and stigmatised barriers to employment and career progression. The opportunity to become a Careers Choices board member means I can contribute more widely toward decisions that affect diverse groups’ opportunities, and I’m excited and honoured about this opportunity.”


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