Kirstie Donnelly MBE – MD City & Guilds UK

Kirstie is the Managing Director of City & Guilds UK and joined in 2011.

Throughout her career Kirstie has spearheaded the development of award winning products and services across the adult and consumer learning market place and is a passionate advocate of the role of digital and social media 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 her services to e-learning in the FE/Adult sector in 2011.

Her career highlights include nine years with learndirect where she was Director of Products and Marketing and created the first large scale brand and online offer in the provision of adult learning. She also transformed Video Arts, a VHS training business, into an online digital business, produced a range of award winning DVD and e-learning training products and created a first of its kind ‘virtual chamber of commerce’ for Manchester Training & Enterprise Council.

Kirstie has helped to shape policy around e-learning in the UK and was part of the David Blunkett Task Force Group that established the Green paper: ‘Learning Age’, she was an active member of the Race Online 2012 campaign and part of the Government’s ICT review and the European Commission Review Team.  

In 2014 Kirstie was appointed as a commissioner on the future of apprenticeships for a commission chaired by Lord Glasman and Robert Halfon MP.

She is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.