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Bob Harrison joins board to help steer charity through digital transformation

Bob Harrison, has been appointed to the board of trustees at Central YMCA – which includes the awarding organisation YMCA Awards as an operating division.

Harrison brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been chief examiner at vocational education specialists City and Guilds for 12 years, and a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group. He was also a member of FELTAG, whose breakthrough report on learning technology has helped to shape further education’s digital future. Bob was recently announced as a judge at the prestigious Stanford University education technology expo in the USA. He’s also the education adviser to global electronics giant Toshiba, and chairs the Government’s computing expert group as an architect of the new computing curriculum, and so is well placed to help guide YMCA Awards through the next stage of its digital journey.

Harrison will help steer the charity through the next phase of its evolution as it looks to digitise more services and respond creatively to key changes in the learning and regulatory landscape. The appointment follows a year of transformation at YMCA Awards under new director Rob May, which has made strides over the past year to improve learner experiences and success rates with the implementation of technology, culminating in an industry award for innovation.

Rob May, director of YMCA Awards, said: 
“We’re delighted to welcome Bob onto the Central YMCA board. In 2016 and beyond, YMCA Awards will continue to build on our learning technologies and the way we deliver education. The appointment of Bob can only support our aspirations in this space, and I’m sure that he will help to both challenge, support and inspire us to create education technology products that learners will love.”

Bob Harrison added: 
“I’m thrilled to be joining the board of such an important organisation. I’m particularly attracted to the values and mission of the YMCA and its commitment to the transformational power of education and training. I am also looking forward to supporting the organisation on its journey to a more digital future.”

Find out more about Bob Harrison here.