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Clare Marchant named as Chief Exec of UCAS

Worcestershire County Council's Clare Merchant will succeed Mary Curnock Cook as UCAS Chief Executive

Posted by Hannah Vickers | April 10, 2017 | People

Clare Marchant, currently the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, will succeed Mary Curnock Cook as UCAS Chief Executive, joining the business on 3rd July.

Andrew Hargreaves, UCAS Director of Customer Experience & Marketing, will act as interim Chief Executive following Mary’s departure at the end of April.

UCAS Chair, Professor 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 brings with her a wealth of senior leadership experience and an impressive track record in the successful delivery of technology enabled change in the public and private sectors.  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.”

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 over 700,000 people a year access higher education - Clare Marchant, UCAS Chief Executive

Clare Marchant added: “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 over 700,000 people a year 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.”

Clare started her career in production management for Rank Hovis McDougall before joining Deloitte and leading IT-enabled change programmes for a number of government departments and well-known brands. For seven years she led the delivery and deployment of major IT implementations across the NHS before joining Worcestershire County Council in 2010, becoming its Chief Executive in 2014.

Clare is a graduate of both the University of Hull and the Open University and is an independent governor at the University of Wolverhampton.

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