The chief executive of education giant City & Guilds is stepping down.

Chris Jones will leave on 31 January, after 12 years in post.

Managing director of City & Guilds, Kirstie Donnelly, will become interim chief executive while a permanent replacement is sought.

Announcing the move on Twitter, Jones said: “I’ve decided now is the right time for me to step down as CEO of City & Guilds and get on with doing something different.

“It has been an honour to serve as CEO of such a fabulous, purpose drive organisation and I know I am leaving the Group in capable hands with Kirstie Donnelly.”

The organisation’s chair, Sir John Armitt, said the board of trustees and City & Guilds Group colleagues “all wish to thank Chris for the significant contribution he has made to the organisation over the past 12 years and we wish him well for the future”.

Aside from leading City & Guilds, Jones has been the chair of college group Activate Learning since 2016.

He was chief executive of Harcourt Education from 2004 to 2008 and before that spent four years as senior vice president of LexisNexis Group.

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