Chief Executive - Kathryn Robson

Kathryn Robson is Chief Executive of Adult Learning Wales, the National Organisation for adult community learning in Wales. A firm supporter of lifelong learning opportunities for all, Kathryn is committed to driving forward the adult education and inclusivity agenda, giving greater accessibility to learning for communities across Wales.

Born and bred in North Pembrokeshire, Kathryn is an advanced Welsh learner and is focused on establishing bilingual services and increasing opportunities to access Welsh medium provision across Wales. Kathryn has worked in the post-16 education sector for over twenty years and has developed many partnerships to help advance further education and adult community learning. Committed to championing opportunities for disadvantaged communities, Kathryn works across Wales to promote community learning and advocacy through democratic engagement and a wide range of formal and informal learning; helping to advance active citizenship.

With a background in Human Resource Management, Kathryn is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and holds a Post Graduate qualification in HR Management from Swansea Institute of Higher Education. She has extensive experience in employee engagement and organisational development, across the public and private sectors. She is a member of Colegau Cymru’s Principals’ Forum as well as their Audit Committee, and is also a member of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). Kathryn is actively involved in advancing race equality initiatives and is a Board Member of Race Council Cymru.

With a keen interest in the health and wellbeing benefits linked to adult learning, Kathryn actively works with Social Prescribing Networks across all regions. She is an advocate for lifelong learning for all ages, and has held school governor positions across primary and secondary school education throughout her career. Her appointment on Welsh Government’s Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Strategy and Implementation Board took place in 2021, and she joined the Welsh Government led Stakeholder Reference Group for Lifelong Learning in 2022, and was appointed to the EWC Council in 2023.

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