New directors appointed into key roles at Acas

Workplace expert, Acas, has today announced the appointment of 3 new directors into key roles:

  • Anne Boyd is the new Director of Advice and Business Solutions, and will oversee Acas's advisory services and training to meet customers' needs
  • Kate Nowicki has been appointed Director of Dispute Resolution and will oversee Acas's work across the country to resolve workplace disputes
  • Kirsty Watt is the new Director of Strategy and External Affairs, and will oversee the policy, research, communication channels and partnership work at Acas

Acas Chief Executive Susan Clews said:

"I am very pleased to welcome Kirsty, Anne and Kate into their new roles at Acas.

"Their expertise will be invaluable as we extend our reach, particularly among small businesses, and as the role of conciliation continues to be underlined.

"I look forward to working with them to help build on Acas's reputation and ensure we continue to deliver vital services and address workplace challenges."

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Background notes

1. Kate Nowicki

Kate is Director of Dispute Resolution. Kate joined Acas in 1993 as an individual conciliator and was Acas's area director for the East Midlands for more than 10 years. Kate recently led Acas's strategic planning, performance and change directorate, working with external and internal stakeholders, leading the development of the Acas strategy.

2. Kirsty Watt

Kirsty Watt is Director of Strategy and External Affairs at Acas. Prior to this, she was deputy director (disadvantage and place) at the Department for Education. Up to 2020, Kirsty led the Academy Ambassadors programme, transforming board membership at academy trusts. Since 2020 Kirsty has led programmes on equality, capability, organisational change, crisis and coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

3. Anne Boyd

Anne is Director of Advice and Business Solutions. Anne joins Acas from the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership where she was chief executive. She also held leadership positions within Sport England, Northwest Regional Development Agency and local government. Anne was chief executive of Active Cheshire for more than 8 years overseeing structural and cultural transformation and driving business growth.