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Runa McNamara

Runa McNamara

Director Hair, Beauty, Wellness and Aesthetics


Runa is the Programme Director for Hair, Beauty and Wellness qualifications. Prior to joining Qualifi, Runa led on the International activity for the specialist Awarding Organisation VTCT and iTEC, for 2300 centres across 50 countries. Runa developed the strategy and managed the International budget and a team of International Business Development Managers to grow International revenue in line with the organisation’s Global Strategy.

Runa has a degree in Professional and Vocational Education and a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management combined with qualifications and industry experience in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Sports Therapy and Complementary Therapies.

Runa has worked in 5 Further Education Colleges and progressed from lecturing, through curriculum management to senior management and directorate. Runa led the national development of qualifications and curriculum in Beauty Therapy for Scotland, Botswana and India. Runa was also a HMIe Associate Assessor for 9 years for for hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapies and quality and curriculum.

Runa’s experience of UK and International further education means that she can provide the best possible support and advice to the teams that she works with. Runa has over 25 years experience of working with leading awarding organisations as an Examiner, External Verifier, Regional EV, Technical Expert, Business Development Manager, International Commercial Director and Programme Director.