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New appointments announced; Sir Mike Tomlinson retires

Education Secretary Alan Johnson yesterday announced new appointments to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Principal of Warwickshire College, Ioan Morgan, and David Sherlock CBE, Chief Executive of the Adult Learning Inspectorate, were appointed to the board with their positions taking effect from 1st October 2006, running until 30th September 2009.

Also announced was the retirement of influential education specialist Sir Mike Tomlinson and Dr Helen Gilchrist CBE, Principal of Bury College. Ken Boston will remain as Chief Executive of the QCA, with his contract renewed until September 2009.

Mr Johnson noted: “The QCA is a key delivery partner in the Government’s drive to improve the education and skills of young people and adults. I am delighted to be able to announce this further strengthening of the QCA’s Board and to welcome David and Ioan as they join a distinguished team”.

“I am also pleased that Dr Ken Boston will be staying at QCA for a further two years. I would also like to thank Sir Mike Tomlinson and Dr Helen Gilchrist CBE for their hard work and dedication and wish them lots of luck for the future. They have played an important role in their work with the QCA and I am grateful for this contribution”.

And QCA Chairman, Sir Anthony Greener said: “I am delighted that David Sherlock CBE and Ioan Morgan have agreed to join the board with their wealth of experience, particularly in skills development which is at the heart of QCAs remit”.

“I welcome the reappointment of Sir David Watson, Ian Ferguson, Jim Rose, Richard Greenhalgh, Mike Beasley and Sue Kirkham. They have all made significant contributions to the work of QCA and I am pleased that they have agreed to continue serving on the board. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank retiring members Sir Mike Tomlinson and Dr Helen Gilchrist for the valuable work they have done during their time on the QCA board”.

“I am very pleased that the Secretary of State has approved the recommendation of the QCA Board that Ken Bostons appointment as Chief Executive of QCA should be extended for a further two years until September 2009″.

“Ken has done a great deal for this organisation since his arrival in a very difficult period in summer 2002, and his leadership of QCA has delivered significant results”.

Vijay Pattni.

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