Our board members represent a wide range of interests, within higher education as well as other areas. Some members are appointed for their experience of industry, commerce, finance or the practice of a profession and we have two student members. We also have members appointed by bodies representing UK higher education institutions and by the higher education funding councils.

The Board is responsible for developing and overseeing the strategic direction, policy development, finances, and performance of QAA. It operates according to a Code of Best Practice.

Code of Best Practice for QAA Board Members

Publication Date: 29 Mar 2018

In 1999, the Board of QAA adopted a Code of best practice for members of the Board (the Code), which since then has served as a guidance and reference point on governance matters for Trustees, staff and the interested public, and as reflection of the value QAA places on good governance.

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Chair of the Board

Chris Banks CBE

Chris Banks is Chair of the QAA Board. He has developed a commitment to public services and their reform alongside a successful commercial career with multinational companies like Mars and Coca-Cola, and more recently as an entrepreneur. He currently chairs the Public Chairs' Forum, a network of Chairs of Public Bodies committed to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness with which public services are delivered.

Matthew Adie

Matt is currently a student at the University of Stirling and is in his final year of studying towards a joint bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, Computing Science and Secondary Education.

Stephen Criddle

Stephen Criddle is Principal and Chief Executive at South Devon College, a role he has held since 1 September 2009. Stephen was previously Deputy Principle at the college which he joined as part of a leadership team transforming the College to its current Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status and high level of community and employer engagement.

Dr Vanessa Davies

Dr Vanessa Davies is the Director General of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales.

Amatey Doku

Amatey Doku is the current Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students. In that role he is also on the Board of Trustees for NUS and was appointed as Deputy President by the NUS President, Shakira Martin.

Sara Drake

Sara studied law at the University of Cambridge and has spent much of her career working in the media sector for both publishing and television companies and as a writers’ agent.

Linda Duncan

Linda Duncan is Vice-Chair to the QAA Board. She is an established Board Member and Advisor and an accomplished Finance and Audit professional working in the UK, Europe and the US. Throughout her successful career at PwC, KPMG and more recently as an international entrepreneur, she is a recognised expert in Corporate Governance and Risk Management

Professor Maria Hinfelaar

Professor Maria Hinfelaar is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, a role she has held since 1 April 2016.

Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson has wide experience in different sectors and types of organisation, including more than ten years as a CEO and as a Non-Executive Director.

Professor Helen Langton

Professor Helen Langton is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk. She joined the University from the University of South Wales where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor and a Professor in Children’s Cancer Nursing Education.

Professor Craig Mahoney

Professor Craig Mahoney is Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland. His previous roles have included CEO at the Higher Education Academy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University.

Professor Denise McAlister

Professor Denise McAlister assumed responsibilities as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience) at the Ulster University in September 2002. Previous to this she held positions as Head of School, School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, and Dean of the Faculties of Business and Management and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality Assurance and Enhancement).

Professor Oliver Turnbull

Professor Oliver Turnbull is Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) at Bangor University, where he has held the post since 2012. He is especially interested in improving the quality of teaching.

Professor Andrew Wathey

Professor Andrew Wathey has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University since September 2008. He is the University's fourth Vice-Chancellor.

Craig Watkins

Craig has been the Business Development Director for Ernst & Young’s (EY) UK Government & Public Sector practice since September 2015.

Professor Philip Wilson

Professor Philip Wilson is Chief Executive of the private provider Conde Nast College (part of the global Conde Nast International).

Professor Philip Winn

Professor Philip Winn (BA, PhD - Hull) is Research Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Strathclyde. He has been Head of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and a Deputy Principal at Strathclyde, and was previously Dean of Science then Vice Principal (Learning and Teaching) at St Andrews.