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Meet our Chief Executive

Chief Executive Nikki Lawrence

Our Chief Executive

Nikki Lawrence is a qualified accountant (ACMA) and joined Careers Wales in 2004. Before this, Nikki worked in the National Health Service (NHS) and in manufacturing and construction industries in senior positions. She has over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sectors.

At Careers Wales, Nikki has overseen corporate functions including finance, human resources, information technology, quality and planning. She was also the interim Chief Executive for 15 months before being permanently appointed to the role in September 2019.

As Chief Executive, Nikki is leading the five-year vision, Brighter Futures. The aim of the vision is to give young people and adults across Wales access to free, high quality and impartial careers support.

Her ambition is to take Careers Wales forward and deliver a sector-leading careers support service for the people of Wales. A service which is bilingual, all-age, independent and impartial.

Nikki is focused on leading Careers Wales to meet the needs of the changing economy. Important changes in the way we think about work and skills will be needed to recover from the recession caused by the pandemic.

Nikki lives in north Wales and is a keen fell runner who has taken part in both mountain and road marathons.