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SOLAS announces new CEO

 SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, is pleased to announce Andrew Brownlee as its new CEO following an open competition.

 Andrew has been Executive Director for Strategy and Knowledge at SOLAS since January 2018, where he has played a key role in putting in place a strategic performance framework for the further education and training (FET) system, in implementing reforms to support a more integrated system and in developing an ambitious, new five year strategy for the further education and training sector. 

 Andrew joined SOLAS from the Higher Education Authority, where he was Head of System Funding and led the establishment of a comprehensive governance framework and the reform of higher education funding. Prior to joining the public sector, Andrew  had a long and distinguished career in management consultancy, working for PwC, PA Consulting and Fitzpatrick Associates, developing strategy and managing change for a diverse range of clients, with a particular focus on the education and skills sector.  

 Commenting on the appointment, the Acting Chair of the SOLAS Board, Tric Carey said: "We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the CEO role. Andrew has excelled in his previous role at SOLAS and has shown huge commitment to and ambition for further education and training. I know that SOLAS will thrive under his leadership. On behalf of the SOLAS board, I wish Andrew every success and we look forward to working closely with him."

Contact: Nikki Gallagher, Director of Communications and Secretariat at 087-6490092