TQUK Board

The Board is TQUK’s Governing Body. Board members meet quarterly and are responsible for reviewing the performance of TQUK’s activities, as a recognised awarding organisation, an end-point assessment organisation and our compliance with Ofqual’s Conditions of Recognition.

Richard Dorrance

Richard has extensive experience of education and qualification design. In 1989, he devised and introduced England’s first National Curriculum and then became Chief Executive of the Schools Examination and Assessment Council, the precursor of Ofqual. In both roles, he reported to the Secretary of State for Education.

For the next 19 years, he was Chief Executive of CACHE, guiding its expansion into qualifications for teaching assistants and playworkers, and more recently into health, dentistry and pharmacy, building up its income from £1.6m to £9m. He was a member of the Board of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, FAB, for 4 years a board member of one of England’s largest FE colleges for 4 years, and he has also been Chief Executive of the Early Years National Training Organisation.

Jo Haigh

Jo Haigh is a partner in fds Corporate Finance Services, with bases in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire, and a partner in the fds Group, a specialist training and development business.

As a Partner of fds group, a highly successful training and consultancy organisation she founded at the start of the 90’s, she has held circa 40 + Non-Executive Roles over that period in companies across the country and helped many businesses through successful transactions. She has sold 3 of her own companies and undertaken 2 personal MBO’s.

She is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Leeds where she delivers the Corporate Governance development programme for all academic staff wishing to hive off new companies, in addition to training and developing non-executive directors appointed to University Companies whose role is to represent University interests.

She is currently Non-Executive Director of 6 companies; Anchor Magnets Ltd, Sticky Content Ltd, Talent Training and Talent services Holding Ltd, TPD Corporate Finance and Imperative Training Ltd. She also sits on the board for the Angelus Advisory Group, and has a close affiliate relationship with ABG (Arram Berlyn Gardner) providing their corporate finance services.

Andrew Walker

Responsible for leading TQUK through the recognition process with Ofqual. It is Andrew’s role to ensure that we continue this relentless drive and determination to remain fully compliant with the general conditions and grow to become one of the leading Awarding Organisations in the UK renowned for our world class customer service and our comprehensive range of qualifications.

Andrew oversees the day-to-day operation of TQUK and carries out the role of the single, named person of responsibility and the authoritative point of contact for Ofqual in relation to all regulated activities undertaken by TQUK.

Katie Orr

Before joining TQUK as Head of Awarding Organisation, Katie worked at Ofqual learning about everything ‘compliance’. Her duties at Ofqual included:

– Establishing and maintaining regulatory relationships through a programme of proactive and reactive communications, meetings and events
– Maintaining in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of regulatory and policy documents and requirements
– Making judgments and giving advice on compliance issues
– Promoting joined up working between teams and co-ordinating information sharing
– Continuous process improvement to reduce regulatory burden and increase effective working

Now she works closely with Managing Director Andrew Walker to shape TQUK’s strategic direction and oversees the other departments with the company.

Paul Morrison

Paul is our Quality Manager and responsible for coordinating the work of our Subject Experts, External Verifiers and in-house quality staff. Beginning as an Account Manager, Paul progressed to Quality Manager after showing an inclination towards all things process, making him perfect for ensuring all of the awards that TQUK makes are made in line with the procedures we have in place to ensure validity. He can answer any question there is about our quality assurance processes.

Tom Costigan

Tom started with us as an Account Manger back in the early days when TQUK had only a handful of qualifications to offer. He is now the Operations Manager and responsible for managing the Client Relationship team and co-ordinating his teams work with the other departments. Liaising with the Business Development Team, the Quality Assurance Team and the Qualifications Development Team, he is responsible for ensuring all of our centres receive the level of service they have come to expect.

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