Kirstie Donnelly MBE

Kirstie Donnelly MBE

Managing Director

City & Guilds Group

Redefining learning for the 21st century

Session Overview

Technology and new ways of working are completely transforming the workplace. The skills we need today are not those we need tomorrow, and it is impossible to anticipate the exact capabilities that will enable people, organisations and economies to flourish.

To keep up with the pace of change and create a workforce fit for the future, we need to rethink our approach to learning – which is too linear and reliant on formal or statutory education. If we are to mitigate the risk of employees’ skills becoming redundant and organisations not having the right talent for the future, the skills sector as a whole needs to evolve into something that is adaptable, sustainable, and comfortable with ongoing change.

For too long educating and skills have been seen as the preserve of schools, universities and vocational education bodies rather than something that reflects the changing needs of people and their employers. It’s now critical that the responsibility for learning and development is much broader, with individuals and employers taking more ownership of their own learning that helps them shape their own career path. We also need to look at the different ways people learn -informally, socially, demand-driven – and identify ways of recognising the skills people develop on an ongoing basis. It is down to everyone from government to employers to individuals themselves to drive the skills agenda.

In this session Kirstie will be joined by Philip Quarterman from John Lewis and Peter Coats from Legal & General to explore how we, as enablers of people’s development, governments and individuals themselves can shift the way we think and operate in learning so that it is recognised as a measurable investment for everyone from age 8 to 85.

Speaker's biography

Kirstie Donnelly is Group Managing Director at City & Guilds Group, responsible for City & Guilds, ILM and DigitalMe brands operating globally. She joined City & Guilds Group in 2011 and has worked at the forefront of skills and education for 30 years. Throughout her career Kirstie has spearheaded the development of award winning products and services and is a passionate advocate of the role of digital in transforming how people live, learn and work. Her commitment to this area was recognised when she was awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours for e-learning  services in 2011.