Kirstie Donnelly MBE
group managing director, City & Guilds Group; commissioner, Labour Party Lifelong Learning Commission

Kirstie Donnelly is a managing director at the City & Guilds Group, a role she operates in globally. She joined City & Guilds in 2011 and has worked at the forefront of skills and education development throughout her whole 30+ years career. Her commitment to education was recognised when she was awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours for her innovation in the FE/Adult sector.

Kirstie has spearheaded the development of award-winning products and services in education and skills and is also a passionate advocate of the role of digital/online in transforming how people access learning to learn and work, having also prior worked for brands such as Video Arts and Learndirect. She has also successfully led investment and acquisition programmes in the Edtech sector.

Kirstie has helped to shape and influence National Education & Skills policy in the UK as well as internationally and is often asked to speak at international education events. She was part of the David Blunkett Task Force Group that established the Green Paper ‘Learning Age’, which was a seminal moment in helping shape a national lifelong learning agenda in the late 1990s.

In 2014 Kirstie was appointed as a commissioner on the future of apprenticeships for a commission chaired by Lord Glasman and Robert Halfon MP. In that same year she also set up the City & Guilds’ UK Industry Skills Board, bringing together a range of employers and sectors to inform the development of the now latest apprenticeship reforms. She is currently a commissioner on the Labour Party Lifelong Learning Commission. 

Follow Kirstie on Twitter: @K_DonnellyMD


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