Shane Chowen


Shane Chowen is Head of Policy and Public Affairs, supporting the development and promotion of policy across all areas of work and working with parliamentarians and other influential stakeholders to turn Learning and Work Institute’s ideas into reality. 

Shane is a proud FE graduate of City College Plymouth, where he grew up, and pursued a career in policy and campaigning instead of going to University. Following two years as President of his college’s students’ union, he was elected Vice President (Further Education) at the National Union of Students, holding office between 2009-2011. Shane joined NIACE in 2014 to lead on regulatory policy, public affairs and research. 

Shane is a Governor at Westminster Kingsway City and Islington College Group in London and has a monthly column in sector newspaper, FE Week.

Shane wants Britain to become a lifelong learning society – where opportunities to access learning are always available to people who want it, where illiteracy is eradicated and where lifelong learning is a doorstep political issue.