QAA appoints new Chief Executive 2 Mar 2009


QAA has announced that Anthony McClaran will take over as Chief Executive in October this year when Peter Williams retires.

Anthony McClaran is currently the Chief Executive of UCAS. He started his professional career in the central administration of the University of Warwick, working for seven years in a variety of roles, latterly as Senior Assistant Registrar. He was appointed Academic Registrar at the University of Hull in 1992 and in 1995 became Acting Registrar. Later that year he joined UCAS as Head of the Academic Services and Development Department, and was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in 1996. After six years in this role, Mr McClaran was appointed Chief Executive, a post he has now held for five years.

Mr McClaran has served for eight years on the Council of the University of Gloucestershire and has been its Chair since September 2007. He also serves on various committees including the Widening Participation Strategic Committee at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Aim Higher National Partnership Board and the Higher Education Engagement Project Board for 14-19 Reform at the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He is a director of the Inspiring Futures Foundation, and serves on the governing bodies of the National Star College and three schools.

Anthony McClaran has worked previously with QAA as a reviewer of Access Validating Agencies and as a member of the Advisory Group on the Code of Practice for Recruitment and Admissions.

The chairman of QAA Board, Sam Younger CBE said: "QAA is an established and highly respected organisation, which has, with Peter Williams as its Chief Executive, fulfilled an essential and unique role in UK higher education and internationally. Anthony McClaran joins us as our work across the UK is changing, and I am confident that under his leadership QAA will continue to go from strength to strength."

Anthony McClaran said: "I feel privileged to be asked to lead QAA at this time of significant challenge for UK higher education and the wider society which it serves. There is an increasing need to engage with students and to assure the public that academic standards are being maintained and enhanced,  I look forward to building on QAA's position as an influential voice in higher education policy and practice through working with the UK's remarkably strong, diverse and vibrant HE institutions."

Professor Bob Burgess, Chairman of UCAS said: "Anthony McClaran has been a splendid Chief Executive of UCAS and I am sure he will provide excellent leadership at QAA. He is much appreciated by the higher education sector and will leave UCAS with our good wishes."

Sir Rodney Brooke CBE, chair elect at QAA said: "I look forward to joining the QAA Board in March and to working with Anthony to support the independence of both QAA and of the higher education sector, and to maintain the effective leadership of QAA at Board and executive level."

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