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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 Jul 2019

 

Chair of the Board

Professor Simon Gaskell

Professor Simon Gaskell is Chair of the QAA Board. He holds degrees from the University of Bristol and has had an academic career (with multiple industrial connections), both in the UK and US.

Matthew Adie

Matt is currently a Corporate Analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He was a student at University of Stirling until July 2019.

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.

Sara Drake

Sara is CEO designate at ICSA. 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