Professor R.H. (Bob) Fryer CBE was one of the Campaign for Learning’s founding Trustees. He rejoined the board in 2008 and is currently its chair. Until 2008, Bob was the Chief Learning Advisor to the Department of Health. Prior to that, he was National Director for Widening Participation in Learning in the Department of Health responsible for devising, leading and supporting the implementation of a strategy to open up access to learning and employment in the NHS.

He was the founding Chief Executive of NHSU from February 2002 to February 2005 providing learning opportunities and support to 100,000 NHS staff in its first year. Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Southampton and Director of New College. He was Principal of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education for 15 years. Between 1999 and 2001 he was on secondment to Ufi Ltd as an Executive Director and Board member.

Bob was a founder member of the national Learning & Skills Council. He chaired the government’s National Advisory Group for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. He was a member of the ‘Moser’ Committee on Adult Basic Skills and of the Policy Action Team on Skills for Neighbourhood Renewal. Bob is a former Chair of the Board of Careers England. He was awarded a CBE for services to Community Education in the 1999 New Years Honours.