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Foundation appoints new Policy Director

The Guernsey Community Foundation has appointed Niki Cleal to the role of Policy Director.

Niki recently joined the Foundation and now leads the Foundation’s work in the broad area of Social Policy, including leading on projects and research.

Niki will work closely with the States of Guernsey, the private and the voluntary sectors to help influence social policy and to commission research for the benefit of the voluntary sector and the wider community in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Niki will also be the Executive Officer for Ageing Well in the Bailiwick – a group of voluntary and private organisations working with and for older people in Guernsey and Alderney.

Before joining the Foundation, Niki was an Independent Consultant specialising in pensions policy and long-term policy relating to an ageing population.  Niki was commissioned by the Social Security Department of the States of Guernsey to assist in the development of the Department’s proposals for a Secondary Pensions System which were agreed by the States Assembly in February 2016.

From 2006-2013, Niki was the Director of the Pensions Policy Institute, an educational research charity based in London, with overall responsibility for leading and managing the charity. Niki has overseen a large number of research projects on pension reforms in the UK.  She is an experienced speaker and media commentator on pensions and retirement issues.

Niki previously spent ten years working as a Civil Servant in the UK Government, at HM Treasury and at the NHS Executive in Leeds, where she spent three years working on health policy. Niki was born and educated in Guernsey and has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Niki said: ‘I very much look forward working with the many individuals and organisations that support the work of the Guernsey Community Foundation.  I will be leading the Foundation’s work in the area of social policy, which will give me the opportunity to use my public policy and research skills to benefit the voluntary sector and the wider community in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. I look forward to working closely with the States of Guernsey and organisations in the private and voluntary sectors to achieve the Foundation’s aims. ‘

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, added: ‘We are delighted that Niki has joined the Foundation. Her knowledge and wide experience provides us a great opportunity to further develop evidence-based social policy in the Bailiwick in partnership with the States of Guernsey and voluntary sector’.

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