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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.

Eve Alcock

Eve Alcock graduated from the University of Bath in 2018 with a degree in Psychology, before spending two years as President of the University of Bath’s Students’ Union where she was a governor of the University and Chair of the SU’s Board of Trustees.

Dr Vanessa Davies

Dr Vanessa Davies held the position of Director General of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for nine years before retiring in January 2020.

Sara Drake

Sara is Chief Executive at the Chartered Governance Institute (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

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio is the current Vice President of Higher Education for the National Union of Students.

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.

Angela Joyce

Angela Joyce joined Warwickshire College Group (WCG) in April 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. WCG is one of the largest college groups in the country with seven colleges based across the West Midlands. Since Angela’s appointment, the Group has grown and has had successful outcomes from both Ofsted inspection and QAA review.

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

Emerita Professor Denise McAlister was formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning,Teaching, and Student Experience) at Ulster University from 2011-2017. 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 Sue Rigby

Professor Sue Rigby has been the Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University since January 2018. Previously, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln where she was responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities.

Professor John Sawkins

Professor John Sawkins is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Deputy Principal) Learning and Teaching at Heriot-Watt University. His background is as an economist with research interests in the economic regulation of the water industry, with particular reference to water pricing, affordability and debt.

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 CEO and Managing Director of Kantar Public UK since February 2019

Professor Philip Wilson

Professor Philip Wilson is Group Chief Executive (Creative) of Global University Systems.