The National Careers Council

The National Careers Council advises government on improving careers provision for young people and adults in England.

The National Careers Council (NCC) is chaired by Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, with 9 members and 3 associate leading experts from business, education and careers sectors. The Council was established in May 2012 by the Skills Minister to advise government on improving careers provision for young people and adults in England.

NCC terms of reference

NCC revised terms of reference

NCC members

Current members are:

  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (Chair)
  • Linda JC Taylor OBE
  • David McNerney
  • Rajay Naik
  • Ruth Spellman OBE
  • Jenny Rudge OBE
  • Kieran Gordon
  • Steve Higginbotham
  • Neil Carberry
  • Trudy Norris-Grey
  • Simon Surtees MA DipCG (associate member)
  • Brian Lightman (associate member)
  • Nick Chambers (associate member)

You can view the NCC - members’ biographies (PDF, 95.4KB, 4 pages) .


You can view all the NCC reports to government, and guidance briefings from the NCC collection page.

Plans and activities

You can view more detailed information about the Council’s plans and activities in the NCC: plans and activities presentation - January 2013 (MS Powerpoint Presentation, 168KB) .

Meeting updates

The NCC met with senior officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) on 30 January 2014. Together, these organisations provided a forum for sharing policy developments and feeding in advice to government. The chair of the NCC wrote an open letter from the chair of the NCC (PDF, 187KB, 1 page) following the meeting.

NCC statements

Evidence to Lord Heseltine Review

On 30 August 2012 members of the NCC met with the Lord Heseltine review team. They discussed how spending departments and other relevant public sector bodies interact with the private sector, and their ability to produce pro-growth policies. The meeting covered:

  • raising the work-readiness of school leavers and those acquiring tertiary qualifications
  • remedying skills deficiencies in the current workforce
  • addressing the longstanding NEETs (not in education, employment or training) problem and encouraging apprenticeships and support for the lower skilled

You can view a copy of the written evidence submitted to Lord Heseltine’s review (PDF, 321KB, 8 pages) .

Evidence to the Richard Review

On 7 September 2011 the NCC submitted formal written evidence to the Richard Review of apprenticeships (MS Word Document, 40.7KB) .

On 3 September 2012 the NCC submitted formal written evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry into careers guidance for young people (MS Word Document, 53.2KB) .

Next stage plans

Dr Hughes will be meeting with interested parties to find ways of connecting organisations and individuals to feed into the Council’s work. The Council will develop a more detailed work plan for each of the 3 work strands and look at ways to involve others in its work.

We welcome your views and experiences to feed into the council’s ongoing work. Please submit them to the Council Secretariat:

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