The UVAC team consists of a small group of highly committed and enthusiastic individuals who share a passionate belief in the value of higher vocational learning. Some of the team members are based at UVAC’s office – situated within the University of Bolton – whilst others work from locations around the UK. For direct contact information plus short biographies and job descriptions follow the links below:
- Professor Quintin McKellar, CBE, Chair
- Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive
- Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations
- Karen Jones, Book-keeper and Administrator
- Rebecca Rhodes, Senior Associate
Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire
Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 2011. He graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1981, and went on to gain a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 1984. In August 1997 Professor McKellar took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation.
In 2004, he was appointed Principal of The Royal Veterinary College of the University of London. Quintin is chair of the Biological and Biotechnological Scientific Research Council (BBSRC) Animal Research Club, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pirbright Institute, and a non-executive director of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). He is also a member of the Government Chief Scientist Steering Group on Animal and Plant Health in the UK.
He is co-chair of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) Food Economy Task Force. He is a Governor of Queenswood School in Hertfordshire and a member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. In 2015 was elected as a Board member of Universities UK (UUK). Professor McKellar was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to science. He was a distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals.
T: 01777 816023
Adrian joined UVAC in April 2003 as Director of Development. After a period as acting Chief Executive, Adrian was appointed Chief Executive of UVAC on a part-time basis in June 2009.
In 2009/10 Adrian provided the secretariat for a review Professor Joy Carter, Chair of UVAC was asked to undertake by Rt Hon David Lammy, then Minister of State for Higher and Further Education, of learner progression in England from vocational and applied qualifications to higher education. Subsequently, Adrian conducted a comparative study for UK CES of vocational progression routes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
More recently, Adrian and UVAC have worked with Middlesex University, The Mixed Economy Group and the LLN National Forum to implement the Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Operations Management. As part of this work, Adrian supported the development of Higher Apprenticeships at level 6 in Quantity Surveying and Site Management. Adrian is also a member of the University of Derby’s Higher Apprenticeship Project Board and jointly wrote a paper (with David Hemsworth and Darryll Bravenboer) on The Role of Universities in Higher Apprenticeship which was published in a Higher Apprenticeship special edition of the UVAC journal, Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning.
In late 2012 Adrian advised the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and BIS on the Consultation on Criteria for Higher Apprenticeships at Degree Levels. Work undertaken included advising on the consultation document, collation and analysis of the responses to the consultation and advice on recommendations to be made to Ministers. Adrian also advised NAS on the revisions to the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) for Higher Apprenticeship and on the development of guidance and the adaptation of existing online registration systems to support Apprenticeship framework developers and Issuing Authorities revise, develop and approve frameworks according to the new requirements. Adrian has also contributed to and advised at a network event run by NAS for the Higher Apprenticeship Fund partnerships on the development of Higher Apprenticeships at level 6 and 7. Since then Adrian has been actively working with members and the HE sector to ensure that the Apprenticeship system is fit for purpose.
Director of Policy and Operations
T: 07763 820713
Mandy joined UVAC as a senior associate in July 2015 and became Director of Policy and Operations from June 2017.
Mandy focuses on the organisation of UVAC’s national conference, the delivery of our HEFCE funded work programme and our role in advocacy and lobbying. She will also be developing and maintaining with the Chief Executive the UVAC website and our communication strategy to ensure members have the most up to date analysis on key topics and developments, particularly the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship agenda.
Members may remember Mandy from her role at the National Apprenticeship Service where she led on the development of Higher Apprenticeship working with many HEI colleagues.
Book-keeper and Administrator
T: 01204 903357
Karen has been a freelance book-keeper since 1997, and has worked for UVAC since 2006. Her primary role is the accurate maintenance of UVAC’s financial accounts. Karen is a very experienced book-keeper, providing financial services to a portfolio of local businesses. Karen also provides valuable admin support to UVAC, particularly in relation to member services and the annual conference. Prior to becoming a freelance book-keeper, Karen was North West Regional Accounts Manager for Shell UK.
T: 07720 888149
Rebecca joins UVAC as a senior associate to support delivery of the HEFCE funded work programme.
Members will know that Rebecca worked previously for the Skills Funding Agency. There, among other activities, she led the expansion of apprenticeships into higher education, establishing a new network of 40 Higher Education Institutions, chaired the HEI Operational Group and was responsible for all the SFA apprenticeship funding policy aspects of the apprenticeship reform programme. This included the development and implementation of the trailblazer apprenticeship funding model, the first co-investment model for apprenticeships, and accountability for setting the funding levels and caps for each apprenticeship standard.