Debra Williams has experience across private sector
Debra Williams has been appointed as the new Chair of Careers Wales. The appointment will run from 01 April 2016 to 31st March 2019.
Careers Wales, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the Welsh Government, provides high quality, bilingual, impartial careers information, advice and guidance to people of all ages.
Dr Williams has extensive experience across the private sector. She is currently a council member for Swansea University, and a trustee of the Alacrity Foundation, working closely with Professor Simon Gibson and Sir Terry Matthews.
Her previous roles include Managing Director of Confused.com and Tesco Compare and Global Vice President of NCR Ltd, an international ICT solutions company.
She was honoured as Welsh Woman of the Year for Innovation in 2006, recognised as one of the UK's top 200 business women by The Queen in 2007, presented with a Life Time Achievement Award's in 2014 and honoured with a Doctorate from Swansea University in 2015.
The post of Chair is remunerated at £345 per day for attendance at meetings or other agreed activities relating to the work of Careers Wales. The remuneration will be paid up to a maximum commitment of 40 days per year.
Welcoming the appointment, the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James said: "Dr Debra Williams's wealth of experience of business, innovation, education and employment matters makes her an ideal candidate to take on the position of Chair of Careers Wales.
"Debra will have a key role in delivering Careers Wales' remit and ensuring the service achieves maximum impact and I look forward to working with her."