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Career Academies UK appoints former Times journalist as Executive Director

Career Academies UK appoints former Times journalist as Executive Director

Career Academies UK, the charity which links young people to the real world of work, has appointed former Times journalist Anne Spackman as its new Executive Director. She will take up the position on 9 September.

Anne led a strategic review of Career Academies UK earlier this year and during this time became committed to its cause. The organisation helps raise the aspirations of 16-19-year-olds - particularly those with no links to professional and business life - and helps bridge the gap between education and work.

Anne joins Career Academies UK from The Times, where her roles included  Managing Editor, Digital Editor and, most recently Assistant/Comment Editor.  She was awarded an OBE for services to charity in 2002 for her work as a Trustee and Chairman of One Parent Families.  

Heather McGregor, Chair of Career Academies UK, commented: “Anne is already a champion of Career Academies UK and is committed to its goal of improving the chances of young people gaining meaningful employment.”

Anne Spackman, Career Academies UK’s new Executive Director, added: "I'm thrilled to join Career Academies UK at this most exciting moment, as the political and educational landscape shifts to embrace exactly the work which the charity does so well. Career Academies UK is built on the belief that exposure to the real world of work is the best way to help young people get jobs.

“Our new Career Ready programme, launched this term, delivers the mix of work experience, work visits workshops and personal training which the government now requires schools and colleges to offer all students over 16. I look forward to working with teachers, business people and other charities to raise these young people's ambitions and help them succeed."

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