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CYQ has announced the appointments of Helen Hayes as Head of Products and Services, and Craig Potter as Head of Commercial.

Both Helen and Craig will bring a wealth of relevant experience to their new roles, which will benefit the wider leisure training industry.

As a leading awarding organisation in the active leisure sector, CYQ, has responded to challenges in the education environment by making these key appointments to its senior management team.

Helen Hayes has been appointed as the new Head of Products and Services. Helen was previously Products and Services Director at Learndirect, where she oversaw the delivery of learning-based products to 250,000 learners and 4,000 businesses per year. Helen’s team led the creation of new innovative online apprenticeship delivery models, and the design and launch of Learndirect’s e-assessment product range which had 20,000 learners logging on every day. CYQ plan to aim Helen’s expertise in designing innovative and engaging products at the leisure training market.

The appointment is part of a major overhaul at CYQ which also sees Craig Potter join from Cirrus e-learning as CYQ’s new Head of Commercial. Craig has vast commercial and business development experience in the Further Education and commercial training markets.

Craig commented:

“I’m excited about the prospect of driving forward the growth strategy for this unique organisation. I will have a clear focus on bringing further benefits and value to the learning providers that we work with. Together, we are going to achieve great things over the coming months and years, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Helen commented:

“I am delighted to be joining CYQ at a very exciting time in its development and look forward to working in partnership with the CYQ team and providers to shape the new qualifications and educational services that the industry needs.”

Rob May, Director of CYQ commented, “We are delighted to announce these appointments, which will boost our plans to deliver market-leading education products. I’m confident that Helen and Craig’s experience of the education and commercial worlds will mean that we can create exceptional value for our customers. We are deeply committed to supporting learners and helping providers to improve and grow, and I’m sure that Craig and Helen will be a huge success in their new roles.”

CYQ is confident Helen and Craig’s invaluable contribution can only lead to further growth and its continuing success as one of the UK’s leading qualification awarding organisations.