Our Council represents UCAS' customers and other key stakeholders, and advises the Board of Trustees. Membership of the Council has been developed through formal nominations of key stakeholders and partners, and by nominating organisations and bodies, as supported and agreed by our Nominations Committee and Board of Trustees.

We have broad representation on the Council from across the higher education sector in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, as well as representation from the independent and state education sectors, from further education and from the student community. Our Council Chair is a nominee from the Committee of University Chairs.

We are now seeking individuals to join the council. You can find more about our vacancies here.


UCAS Council Chair

Andrew Parkin, Principal, St Dominic's Sixth Form and College (as of 22 November 2022)

UCAS Council Vice Chair

Mike Nicholson – Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Participation and Deputy Head of Education Services, University of Cambridge


Representative Group Nominees

  • UUK – Daniel Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK
  • GuildHE – Lysandre de-la-Haye, Deputy Registrar, Newman University
  • Independent HE – Amy Antonioni, Head of Student Services, Pearson College London
  • AoC (Association of Colleges) – Alastair Wilson, Head of HE, South Devon College
  • NUS (National Union of Students) – vacancy
  • ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) – Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru
  • ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) – Patrick Allen, Principal of Foyle College, Londonderry
  • School Leaders Scotland – vacancy
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company – Nicola Hall, Director of Education, The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Independent School Council – Helen Pike, Master, Magdalen College School – from 15th September 2022
  • Sixth Form Colleges Association – Jim Grant, Principal, Cirencester College
  • Academic Registrars Council – Julie Kelly, Chair of the ARC Admissions Practitioner Group
  • UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) – Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent
  • HELOA – Reena Kaur, UK Chair of HELOA

Advisory & Policy Group Chairs

  • Providers Group – Pete Edge, Director of Admissions, Access & Participation, The University of Law – from 15 September 2022
  • Advisers Group – vacancy
  • Student Group – Wayne Gouro, Undergraduate Student at Oxford
  • England Group – Brian Lutchmiah, Manager, Inclusive Education Team and Higher Education Partnerships and Inclusion Lead, Diversity and Ability
  • Scottish Group – Forbes Maginnis, Deputy Headteacher, Levenmouth Academy 
  • N. Irish Group – Roisin McEvoy, Head of Admissions, Queens Belfast University
  • Welsh Group – Andrew Jackson, Recruitment Events Manager at University of South Wales and Wales Group Chair for HELOA – from 15th September 2022
  • International Group – Jane Dunn, Higher Education International Partnerships Development Manager, Aston University 
  • Conservatoires Group – Elly Taylor, Academic Registrar, Royal College of Music – from November 2022

Provider and Adviser representatives

  • Apprenticeship provider – Daniel Lally, Head of Business, Engagement & Growth, Sheffield Hallam University
  • FE College – Neil Coker, Principal & Assistant Chief Executive, Barnet & Southgate College
  • FE College – Beth Linklater, Assistant Principal, Queen Mary's College
  • Undergraduate – vacancy
  • Postgraduate – vacancy
  • Apprentice – vacancy

Education policy experts

  • Alison Train, Assistant Director, Leaps
  • Nick Ratcliffe, Public Affairs Consultant, Moot Point Consulting
  • Jonathan Simons, Director and Head of the Education Practice, Public First
  • Vanessa Kind, Professor of Education, Head of the School of Education, University of Leeds

Employers and Business representatives

  • Phil Warnock, Founder, Ginger Nut Media
  • Zac Aldridge, Director of Qualifications and Assessment, NCFE

Key documents

Key dates

2023 UCAS Council meetings

  • 7 March
  • 14 June
  • 14 September
  • 21 November