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Qualifi Academic Advisory Board

Qualifi Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board is made up of invited members who provide extensive experience in education, strategy, business management and quality assurances. Collectively they provide confidence in Qualifi’s ability to offer qualifications at the highest levels that supports progression to Universities. They also advise on oversight and compliance with mandatory and regulatory requirements to ensure compliance with Ofqual conditions of recognition.

The Academic Advisory Board contribute to Qualifi’s goal to be recognised by as a global provider of regulated, accredited, quality standards by providing a flexible, innovative and responsive approach to gain valued learning.

Qualifi would like to open an invitation to persons with appropriate experience who want to add value to our board and help us realise our ambitions. Please contact us.

Existing and previous advisory members have included:

Kathy Beevers

Kathy has extensive experience in learning and development projects for both private and public sector and held a number of key associate positions. Kathy is a member of the CIPD Qualifications Advisory Group has been previously acted as a Moderator, Verifier, Centre Manager, Regional Team Manager, Consultant Editor and Author, and is currently the Regional Verifier for the London Region.

Kathy has also developed and piloted qualifications for CIPD, including the Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management, and is the author of the recommended text for FCLDP, Learning and Development Practice (2010 and Revised Edition, 2013).

Her knowledge of regulations within the qualifications frameworks has been demonstrated through the development of new qualification units, development of learning and assessment bank materials for FE tutors, development of teaching and assessment guidance for educational centres, development of the Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resources Management and the delivery of seminars and presentations at national conferences.

Kathy’s roles as Development Consultant for Awarding Organisations have covered a range of projects that have included development of new qualification systems, forms and guidance materials, development of External Quality Assurance Handbooks, development of ‘How to Assess’ and ‘How to IQA Guides’ for FE/HE tutors and centres and the development of PTLLS, CTLLS and CET materials for tutors.

Geoff Elliott

Geoff has an AMBA accredited MBA, an ACCA Diploma in Finance and Accounting, and is a Master Black Belt (MBB) in Lean and Six Sigma in the US and Japan. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management (FCIM) and lectures on Open University MBA/MSc programme in Strategy, Systems Thinking, Quality and Operations Management.

Geoff also has formal assessment qualifications and has developed and delivered post graduate programmes at a number of institutions including Cranfield University.

He has over 30 years international experience at senior and board level working across North / South America, EMEA, BRINT and BRIT within the IT and management consulting sectors specialising in business and IT change, transformation, organisation development (OD), programme and operations management.

Geoff has worked extensively across Europe, North and South America, North and South Africa, Japan and Russia as an experienced consultant and change specialist with specific expertise in systems thinking, Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, strategy, quality management, process management and customer relationship management (CRM). Geoff was instrumental in developing the Meta Change Management/OD model for major Japanese Corporation based on systems thinking and systems ideas, whilst seconded from Raytheon Corporation US to work with the International Eco technology Centre (IERC) at Cranfield University.

Professor Roger James
C.Sci, C.Eng, C.Chem, Fellow Operations Research Society, F.CMI, F.BCS

Roger has held director level positions at Glaxo, Napp, the British Library and the University of Westminster. He has extensive experience of working in research led institutions both in the private and public sectors and has implemented strategic changes across a number of industries including Defence and the Life Sciences.

As an independent consultant Roger has worked as executive coach for Shell, BP, BT, ARM, Astra Zeneca and Unilever.

Roger maintains links with research as a visiting Professor in Computer Science at Southampton University and teaches Strategic Life Science Management and Systems Thinking for the Open University.

Jane Elliott Poxon

Jane has extensive academic experience that includes 16 years with the CIPD as Chief External Verifier and approval panel chair, OU Centre Managers for Vocational Qualifications, external examiner of CIPD programmes for Middlesex University, University of Bedfordshire Project Manager for Health and Social Care CPD programmes.

Her current consultancy roles include CFA advisory panel member for advanced Apprenticeships in Management, CMI team moderator and HE institution mapping consultant and Jane is an external moderator for Cass Business School, Regents University, Aston University, Wolverhampton University, University of the Arts and the University of Hertfordshire.

Dr Viv Scott

Viv has a PhD from Cambridge University and has memberships with CIPD and CMI.

Her experience includes 20 international years within the education sector including assessing and developing qualifications for both the private and public sectors. Viv has many relevant qualifications to support our academic board including one of only 6 LIP Panel Members, Assessor and Consultant within the NHS, Assessment Centre Assessor and a Licensed European Foundation Quality Model Adviser

Dr Scott’s own company, Visibility, began in July 1990 and specialises in organisational development via consultancy, assessment, training and facilitation in a wide variety of sectors.

Professor Victor Newman

Victor is a Visiting Professor in Knowledge and Innovation Management to both Greenwich and OU Business Schools and Cranfield University.

His experience includes innovation consulting for Milamber consulting, UK’s Technology Strategy Board and Pfizer and across a number of sectors including regulatory organisations, health, financial services, manufacturing, biopharmaceuticals, business schools and telecoms.

Victor is the inventor of Predator, Baton-Passing and Innovation Leadership Profiling and innovation freedom techniques to accelerate innovation thinking. He is Co-founder of Shakesteer, featured in the WSJ, and is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review. His publications include ‘Knowledge Activist’s Handbook’ cited as the “best management book within the last ten years.

Nigel Taylor

Nigel is learning and development manager for a large care organisation. His extensive knowledge of education in the UK and the development needs of learners have been recognised with his invitation and addition to many sector advisory boards. He is involved in several projects on behalf of the sector with Skills for Care, the National Skills Academy, Skills for Care and Development, Department of Health and Department for Work and Pensions.

He is a Skills for Care and development project board member, he is project member of Profiles4care advising, piloting and evaluating recruitment and retention strategies, a steering group member of the Social Care Commitment, The Care Act and the Apprenticeship Trailblazer standards development task and finish group.

Nigel is a workforce development sub-committee member, setting the standards for workforce development in the health and social care sector as well as a Talent pipeline project board member.

Marcus Thompson

Marcus is a visiting academic at Stirling, Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities and he is an advisor at UHI on their e-marketing post graduate course. He is an external examiner at UCLAN.

He was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh University and now teaches International Marketing at Aberdeen University Business Graduate School. He has taught New Venture Development, Entrepreneurial Learning and International Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre, Strathclyde University.

Marcus is course co-ordinator within the Management Education Division at Stirling University for Venture Management and Launching a New Business. He also runs the courses in Marketing Research, Marketing and Management and Marketing Strategy.

Marcus is an academic practitioner who works with growth organisations to position them to take advantage of opportunities for tomorrow’s business. He has written and delivered Entrepreneurship modules including those for Family Businesses, Business Strategy, E-Business and Social Enterprise.

As well as teaching, he develops growth strategies for social enterprises and voluntary organisations and is co-author to the book entitled “Social Enterprise: Developing Sustainable Businesses published by Palgrave.

Marcus has worked with Health and Social Care sector on a number of projects including the Dementia Services Development Centre, Scottish Autism and a Mental Health charity.

Ken Wright

Ken has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management and Strategic Marketing. He also has a Certificate in Education (London University) and is a qualified assessor and internal quality assurer.

He is a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, (FCMI).

Ken’s experience includes Programme Director for Professional Leadership and Management Programmes of Study, directing and delivering professional programmes to Level 8. He has extensive knowledge of the Management, Hospitality and Leisure Industries and has provided learning materials for post graduate level programmes.

Ken has many years of experience as an external quality assurer and has delivered assessor and internal quality assurance training events.