BA Hons, Assoc CIPD
With 25 years’ experience of working on skills, economic and cultural development initiatives, Astrid has an extensive track record of delivering research, evaluation, project management and strategic leadership.
Astrid believes that working with best practice employing organisations is key to influencing policy development and facilitating change in wider employer practice. She is passionate about the ‘good work’ agenda, meeting the needs of businesses as well as the individuals working for them, and she has a particular interest in flexible and high-performance working practices.
Astrid graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1994, with a BA Honours Degree in English and Media. Following a foray in television production, she spent her early career working with UK sector skills bodies on the development of National Occupational Standards and Apprenticeships in customer service, international trade, procurement, sales and marketing. She went on to work for the Management Charter Initiative, establishing the first Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship in the discipline. A formative stage of her career was working for e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT, where her work included leading an industry wide initiative to promote workforce diversity.
In 2005, she established Astrid Flowers Ltd to provide specialist consultancy on sectoral and regional skills. Projects ranged from working on the establishment of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, leading on its skills and enterprise agenda, to reporting on global workforce learning and development trends. Over recent years she has worked extensively with the British Council, and its partners, on the evaluation of multi-agency cultural and skills initiatives in the UK and abroad (including projects in Albania, Armenia, Greece and Poland).
Following a temporary position at the Work Foundation, Astrid joined the Institute for Employment Studies in 2021 to focus on working with employers and policy makers on improving employment practice in the UK.
|2015||Central Sussex College||CIPD Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate|
University of Plymouth
BA English and Media
|2019 - 2020||Policy Advisor||The Work Foundation|
|2005 - 2020||Managing Director||Astrid Flowers Ltd|
|2010 - 2012||Regional Director||Energy and Utility Skills Sector Council|
|1999 - 2005||Project Manager||e-Skills UK Sector Skills Council|
|1996 - 1999||Project Manager||Management and Enterprise National Training Organisation|
|1995 - 1996||Project Manager||Commercial Occupational Standards Council|
- The ReAct and Timewise Change Agent Programme: Evaluation Report, Allen A, Mansour J, , ReAct / Institute for Employment Studies , Jul 2023
- Beyond the hybrid, Allen A, HR Network Paper 161 , Institute for Employment Studies , Jun 2023
- Evaluation of Help to Grow: Management, Allen A, Garner L, Lanceley L, Lucy D (IES), , Ipsos/IES, May 2023
- LGA Good Work Project , Allen A, Orlando C, Wilson T, Higlett D-M, , Institute for Employment Studies, Aug 2022
- Shared employer engagement models , Mansour J, Allen A, Cetera R, Subosa M, Hammond L, , Institute for Employment Studies / ReAct , May 2022
- Reaching a positive financial return on investment in flexible working , Williams M, Cockett J, Allen A, , Institute for Employment Studies, Apr 2022
- Skills Bootcamps process evaluation, Williams J, Newton B, Allen A, Lanceley L, Garner O, Cook J, Clarke V, Suarez S, Neary S, Blake H, Clarke L, , Oct 2021