UKCES, Non-Executive Board Member – careers policy specialist(2011 – 2015). Appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four home nations of the UK. Member of the Senior Management Group, Research Group and Delivery Objective 1 Group.
Chair, Promotions Senior Advisory Group for the Core Maths Support Programme in England (September 2014 – present). Only 20 per cent of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85 per cent. This puts young people in the UK – you – at a major disadvantage in a global job market. The UK government wants this to change and has put in place a plan to encourage more students to carry on studying maths after GCSE. The aim is to ensure that by 2020, the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of maths.
Chair of the National Careers Council, England (2012 – September 2014). Ministerial appointment providing advice to government on a strategic vision for the National Careers Service and allied career support services as key economic drivers for business growth and opportunities in learning and work.
Partnership Board Member (2012 -present). Contributor to EETF Annual Conference (Open Forum on Careers Research) London, September, 2013. The Taskforce vision is to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK’s future prosperity.
CfE and ‘v’: The National Young Volunteers Service Research Team (2011). Chair of the National Young Volunteers Service Team. ‘v’ inspired is the nation’s leading youth volunteering charity. The role involved bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to review emerging findings from a major national research project. From this, key recommendations for action emerged for Government departments, regional organisations, ‘v’ inspired and community volunteer action groups.
iCeGS, Derby University (1998-2008) Founding Director of the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), Derby. iCeGS is an applied research centre specialising in career development and employability. The centre emerged from a 25k financial investment from the East Midlands Careers Consortium Ltd. and ‘in kind’ match-funding from the University of Derby. Dr Deirdre Hughes worked closely in setting up the centre with Professor Roger Waterhouse (Vice Chancellor), Professor Freda Tallantyre (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Visiting Professor Tony Watts, OBE and Chief Executives from five East Midlands Regional Careers Companies.
UK Institute of Career Guidance (2008 – 2010) Non-Executive Board Director and President 2008 – 2010 Deirdre was on the Careers Profession Task Force Board set up by the Government (2010) to provide a future vision for the UK careers profession. She went on to become a Co-founder of the Careers Profession Alliance bringing together four major careers professional associations to speak with one voice to government. The UK Career Development Institute (CDI) is now the leading careers professional association across the UK.