Emma Chivers is the Leadership Advisor for Youth Work for the National Academy for Educational Leadership. Emma will be working with the youth work sector leaders to represent their voice within the National Academy for Educational Leadership and other education systems. Emma will also be working with leaders across the youth work sector to provide support and maximise leadership opportunities and promote good practice. Emma is currently the lead trainer for the Youth Work Leadership and Management Programme for Education and Training Standards Cymru.
Emma has over twenty-five years’ experience in Youth and Community Work and is committed to increasing outcomes for children and young people. Previously, Emma has worked for the University of South Wales an Academic Manager of Social Policy, leading academic teams in Social Policy, Youth and Community Work, and Foundation Year provision. Emma was also a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work, with a passion for developing international visits for students within Kenya and Sudan to examine youth and community work projects. Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, specialising in teaching and learning.
Emma is also Chair of Youth Cymru, a national youth work charity that supports youth workers across Wales, developing opportunities for young people. Emma is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a network of global changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs to achieve social change.
In her spare time, Emma is a keen runner and body boarder and is undertaking her professional doctorate in Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University.