UCAS names new Chief Executive


Professor Sir Steve Smith, UCAS Chair, has announced that Clare Marchant will succeed Mary Curnock Cook as UCAS Chief Executive on 3rd July, 2017.

As the charity that provides the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, UCAS manages around 700,000 applications to full-time undergraduate courses at around 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

Clare is currently the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council and has a wealth of senior leadership experience plus an impressive track record of delivering technology enabled change in both the public and private sectors.

Clare is excited about the opportunities her role at UCAS presents: “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to serve as UCAS’ Chief Executive.  UCAS is a unique organisation which fulfils a critical national role connecting people with education opportunities and helping people access higher education.  I look forward to working with customers, staff, and stakeholders to enable UCAS to realise its goal of delivering outstanding digital services to students, advisers, and universities and colleges.”

A graduate of both the University of Hull and the Open University, Clare began her career in production management at Rank Hovis McDougall. She then joined Deloitte where she took the lead on a variety of IT-enabled change programmes for a number of government departments and leading brands.

Clare spent 7 years leading the delivery and deployment of major IT implementations across the NHS, before more recently joining Worcestershire County Council and assuming the role of Chief Executive in 2014. Clare is also an independent governor at the University of Wolverhampton.

Sir Steve Smith said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am delighted to announce Clare’s appointment as UCAS’ next Chief Executive. She is well-placed to lead UCAS as it presses ahead with the development and delivery of the next generation of information, admissions and data services.”

Clare is set to join UCAS in July 2017, with Andrew Hardgreaves, UCAS Director of Customer Experience and Marketing, acting as interim Chief Executive following Mary’s departure at the end of April. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

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