Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving.


Vicki Stott, Chief executive, QAA

Start date: October 2021

Previous job: Executive director of operations and deputy chief executive, QAA

Interesting fact: She is a “keen” runner and during lockdown last summer, she ran 1,000 miles in a virtual race across Tennessee (and so put more miles in her knees than in her car last year)


Paul Boyle, Chair, Jisc 

Start date: May 2021

Concurrent job: Vice chancellor, University of Swansea

Interesting fact: He likes to run socially and has participated in the race up the Empire State Building.


Cheryl Smith, Principal, Printworks campus, Leeds City College

Start date: April 2021

Previous job: Head of curriculum, Salford City College

Interesting fact: She enjoys “all things digital,” including photography and documentary-making, as well as spending time with her son.


Beth Chaudhary, Strategy director, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Start date: May 2021

Previous job: Strategy director, Cabinet Office

Interesting fact: She has qualified and worked both as a pool lifeguard and mountain biking guide before joining the civil service in 2004.


Rachel Cooper, Strategy director, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Start date: May 2021

Previous job: Strategy director, Cabinet Office

Interesting fact: She was part of the smart energy team in the government who first agreed with Ofgem how large-scale batteries could be licensed within the electricity system.