Our senior team

Experienced leadership

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William Macpherson


William joined QA as CEO in 2008 with over 12 years experience managing training organisations. Prior to joining QA, he was the Chief Executive of Kaplan Professional & International, a major learning services organisation with sales in excess of $500 million. He began leading training companies in 1995 when he became Chief Executive of Financial Training, which he built into the UK’s largest accountancy training business.

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Ben Pike

QA Apprenticeships MD 

Ben has 15 years experience in senior leadership roles within the learning industry and now directs the QA Apprenticeships division. He joined QA as managing director of managed learning services following the merger of QA with Xpertise in 2008. From 2002 to 2008, Ben was operations director and learning services director at Xpertise, during which time he was instrumental in building Xpertise into a leading learning services business. 

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Julie Noone

QA Higher Education MD

Julie joined QA in 2014, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in Professional and Higher Education to the company. Julie originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor before moving to BPP Professional Education. She then moved to Hong Kong as Managing Director of Kaplan (Asia Pacific), before Julie returning to London she held the post of Chief Operating Officer for Kaplan UK.

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Jeff Barnes

Executive Director of Training

Jeff joined QA in 1999, initially teaching courses on operating systems, infrastructure and technology solution design. As Executive Director of Training, he leads a delivery team of over 190 trainers.  Jeff monitors future technologies, industry trends and innovations in order to ensure the comprehensive QA portfolio continues to bring benefit and value to clients.

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Stuart Martin

Sales Director

Stuart Martin has been with QA since 2000, having joined as an Account Manager before becoming Sales Director in 2005. Stuart has led the successful mergers between QA, InterQuad, Xpertise and Remarc. In addition to focusing on developing relationships with customers and partners, he continues to be responsible for the strategy and ongoing development of the sales organisation.

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Harvey Thomas

Operations Director

Harvey is a chartered accountant by training who qualified with PWC in 1988 and subsequently developed his career in a mixture of operational and financial management positions, having worked in Executive Director level roles since 1999. He joined QA in October 2007 as Operations Director having previously worked for the Capita Group where he ran a large Business Process Outsourcing division.

  • Apprenticeship Programme of the Year 2014
  • Ofsted Outstanding Training Provider 2014
  • Microsoft Partner Gold Learning
  • 2013 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award Finalist
  • Tech Industry Gold
  • Best Companies
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for 2014

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