About us

dmh associates

dmh associates is highly experienced in careers, education and skills policy, research, and practice at an international, European, national and regional level. 

We work in partnership with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations to find solution-focused approaches that increase access to opportunities for young people and adults and enhances the quality of guidance, education and training. The company was formed in 2008 by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE and became a limited company in 2013.

We offer expertise in independent and rigorous research, evaluation and consultancy services to inform and support our customers to:

  • Develop and understand evidence-based policies, research and practice
  • Strengthen partnership working within fast changing education and labour markets
  • Make sense of public policy discourse and to develop practical approaches to improve the design and delivery of careers services and post-16 education and training, including apprenticeships and offender learning.
  • Share and disseminate good/interesting policies and practices drawing on international, European, national and regional networks.

We are a member of:

UK Evaluation Services; International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG).

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE is a Legacy Fellow of UK Career Development Institute (CDI).


Pontydysgu is a research and development organisation based in Wales, Germany and Spain. It is experienced in the design, development, delivery and support of programmes and courses in Technology Enhanced Learning and the development and exploitation of Open Educational Resources.

We are experts in the use of social software for learning, both in educational contexts and in the workplace. We provide consultancy to enterprises wishing to use technology for professional development and for knowledge sharing within their organisation. Pontydysgu designs a number of community of practice platforms and tools for learning, accessible on computers and mobile devices.

Our customers include the OECD and UNESCO and many other European partners. We have delivered keynote presentations and facilitated at conferences, workshops and other e-learning events. Our focus is creating bridges to learning.