Astrid (Flowers) Allen

Skills, Performance and Evaluation Specialist

Astrid has 20 years of experience of working on skills, cultural and economic development initiatives. She has an extensive track record of delivering research, evaluation, project management services and strategic leadership.

Astrid graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1994, with a BA Honours Degree in English and Media. Following an early foray into television production, she worked with UK sector skills bodies on the development of National Occupational Standards and Apprenticeship frameworks in customer service, international trade, marketing, sales and procurement. She went on to work for the Management Charter Initiative, establishing the first Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship in management. In the early 2000’s, Astrid worked for e-skills UK and led an IT industry wide initiative to promote workforce diversity, sparking her interest in the potential for flexible working to optimise individual and organisational performance.

In 2005, she established Astrid Flowers Ltd to provide specialist consultancy to UK businesses and other stakeholders. She has worked with organisations and public-private partnerships on skills and economic development locally and nationally. Her work has ranged from project managing the roll out of local mentoring schemes for school students, to producing reports on global workforce learning and development trends. Over recent years she has also worked with the British Council, and its partners, on the evaluation of multi-agency cultural initiatives in the UK and abroad (including projects in Albania, Armenia, Greece and Poland).

In 2015, Astrid completed her CIPD Human Resources Postgraduate Certificate. She is a Department for Education Research Associate and an Associate of the Work Foundation.