NNECL media release

NNECL announces new Director

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) (1)  is delighted to announce the appointment of the new Director- Denise Rawls who will be joining us in October 2023.

Denise Rawls has three decades’ experience developed across the civil service, the arts and the not-for-profit sector. Her experience spans organisations large and small, including major performing arts institutions, government departments and high impact charities.

As an independent consultant specialising in strategic planning marketing, and business growth she has worked with organisations driving and supporting social change. She continues to sit on the Board of Trustees at the Primary Shakespeare Company and on the Diversity and Inclusion Board at Charleston.  

Denise said, “I am delighted to be joining NNECL, as a care experienced person myself the opportunity to become its Director is an incredible privilege.

I am passionate about social mobility and look forward to working collaboratively with the many people who share a vision of a society where those from a care background are empowered and encouraged to realise their educational potential.”


The NNECL team and board are very excited about Denise’s appointment and we are looking forward to her joining us in October to take NNECL to its next phase.


Notes to Editors:

(1) About NNECL

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers is a charity committed to the progression and support of care experienced students in further and higher education. Originally established in June 2013 as a volunteer network of higher education institutions and national organisations, NNECL became a registered charity in 2018.  Led by its Director and Board of Trustees, NNECL has worked to transform the opportunities available for care experienced people by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.
With over 100 member organisations supporting more than 280 practitioners and a network of national and regional groups, the vision of NNECL is a world in which care experienced people are empowered and supported to thrive and achieve their full educational potential.  Since it became a registered charity in 2018, NNECL has worked with the Office for Students (OfS) on developing a more consistent support offer for those from a care background, with HESA and OfS to improve the collection of data on care experienced students, and has launched a new Quality Mark for universities and colleges to demonstrate their support for the inclusion and success of care experienced students. You can find out more about our work at www.nnecl.org.

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