Ceri Doyle, Chief Executive of Newport City Homes (NCH), is the latest appointment to The Open University’s Council, it was announced this week.
The Council is the OU’s executive governing body, and is responsible for strategic planning, monitoring effectiveness and performance, finance, audit, estate management and human resources.
One of the Council positions is allocated to a member able to represent the OU’s interests in Wales. Ceri was appointed to this role by a selected recruitment panel which included OU in Wales Director Louise Casella.
Ceri has been in position at NCH since 2014, during which time she focused on the organisation’s financial resilience, as well as the safety of tower block residents following the tragic events at Grenfell in 2017. Prior to this she held several executive roles at the Big Lottery Fund, including interim Chief Executive, Director of Strategy, Performance and Learning and Director Wales.
I'm honoured to have been appointed to this role at such an exciting time for the Open University.
The OU has already improved the lives of many people both in the UK and overseas by increasing access to education for all. However, as we enter a post-Covid world, remote distance learning will become even more important for individuals and society.
The breadth of innovative activities and learning opportunities provided by the OU will play a major part in strengthening the economy and ensuring fairer access to higher education as we adapt to the new world around us.
I look forward to supporting the work of the Council across the UK, and ensuring that we can realise the unique opportunities Wales can deliver for higher education.Ceri Doyle
Louise Casella added:
“Ceri brings a wealth of experience ranging from health, education, finance and community development. She champions equality and widening participation, and we are excited at working with her in the OU as we drive forward our vision to be a movement for social change and a force for ever greater inclusion in higher education.”
“It’s never been a better time to join the OU in Wales. The ongoing hard work of our staff combined with new Welsh Government financial assistance for part-time students means that our student numbers have almost doubled in the past three years. The OU’s long standing expertise in online and distance learning has also meant more and more people in Wales are looking to the OU to help them upskill and reskill from home.”
“A surge in interest can bring more challenges as we seek to deal with additional applications as well as support students all the way to the end of their studies. We’re a four nation university, so it’s vital to have someone like Ceri who can represent Wales at the Council.”
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