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New CEO at the Helm

Thursday, 3 September 2020


We are delighted to welcome Kevern Kerswell as our new Chief Executive Officer. 

Kevern joins us with a wealth of experience in the awarding/education sector and was previously the CEO of Agored Cymru.

Kevern Kerswell

"The opportunity to lead such a dynamic Awarding Organisation that delivers qualifications nationally and internationally is an opportunity I could not resist. This is a challenging time for the nation and the need for high quality and relevant qualifications has never been more important. We are uniquely placed to support the labour market through its offer of services and qualifications which enhance employability and enable progression. The outstanding reputation of Open College Network West Midlands is achieved as a direct result of the excellent outgoing CEO, Board and staff team, who I very much look forward to working with."  (Kevern Kerswell)



He replaces our longstanding CEO Christine Assheton, who is staying on during September to support Kevern with the handover. After 15 years at the helm, Chris is now looking forward to a well earned retirement.

We can't thank Chris enough for her amazing service and dedication to our organisation and she has eveyone's best wishes for her new future.  

"It has been an amazing 15 years as CEO and 20 years working in Open College Networks. Things have changed so much since those early days that the organisation is unrecognisable to what it was. However, despite the difficulties with funding and the changes in regulation, I have very much enjoyed my time with and leading the company. I have been blessed to have had a wonderful, dedicated team of people who have always put their hearts into their jobs and made me very proud to be their ‘boss’.  There have been tough times but rather like a swan, all the effort was invisible and they always managed to provide excellent customer support; so good in fact that they won the Excellence Award for Customer Service in 2017. As with an Oscar speech there are so many I could mention including all those working for the company now and those that have moved on, so it is difficult to single anyone out – but Andrea, Val and Lee and all the staff, Chris and Harvey and all the members of the Board and the committees, thank you for helping and supporting me."  (Chris Assheton)
Chris Assheton
Image: outgoing CEO, Christine Assheton.
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