Andy Westwood

Andy Westwood is Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE. GuildeHE is one of the two formal representative bodies for higher education in the UK, with 34 members including specialist vocational institutions, university colleges, new universities and further education colleges. He is President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation and a former special adviser to ministers in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He has also worked as an adviser at the Department of Communities and Local Government, and at the UK Treasury as a member of the Leitch Review of Skills. Prior to that, Andy worked in Further Education and as Head of Policy Research at the Work Foundation and Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. He has written widely on many subjects including vocational education and training, urban policy, welfare to work and is a visiting professor in local economic development at London’s South Bank University, in business at the University of Buckingham and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Education.