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Top education charity role for city councillor.

A CITY Labour councillor has landed a top job with a Welsh education charity.

Cerys Furlong has been appointed director of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in Wales. Councillor Furlong represents the Canton ward in Cardiff council and was the authority's inaugural chairwoman until her resignation last year.

She returns to NIACE Dysgu Cymru, which encourages adults to engage in learning, having worked as assistant director (external strategy) for the Open University in Wales.

Ms Furlong replaces Richard Spear, who is taking up the role of chief executive at advisory body Careers Wales.

Ms Furlong, who assumes her position in January, said: "I am really excited to re-join NIACE Dysgu Cymru at a vital time for the future economic prosperity of our country. NIACE Dysgu Cymru has an absolutely crucial role to play in working with Welsh Government, employers and the education sector in ensuring that adults can retrain and gain the essential life skills they require to be full and active citizens in a modern and ambitious Wales."

David Hughes, chief executive of NIACE, said he was delighted to welcome Ms Furlong back to NIACE.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 14, 2013
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