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 College

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 – Kate Wicklow, Policy Director, GuildHE 
  • Independent HE – Natalia Rajapakse, Senior Admissions and Recruitment Manager, Central Film School London
  • AoC (Association of Colleges) – vacancy
  • NUS (National Union of Students) – vacancy
  • School Leaders Scotland – vacancy
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company – John Yarham, Deputy CEO, The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Independent School Council – Helen Pike, Master, Magdalen College School 
  • Sixth Form Colleges Association – vacancy
  • 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 Littlehales, UK Chair of HELOA

Advisory & Policy Group Chairs

  • Providers Group – Claire Pryke, Associate Director Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions, University of Bradford
  • Advisers Group – David Ruck, Head of Future Pathways, Bristol Grammar School, Chair of the AG Group
  • Student Group – Wayne Gouro, Undergraduate Student at Oxford
  • England Group – Brian Lutchmiah, Disability and Inclusion Manager, University of Law
  • Scottish Group – Forbes Maginnis, Virtual Headteacher, Clackmannanshire Council
  • N. Irish Group – Roisin McEvoy, Head of Admissions, Queens Belfast University and David Cunningham, Head of Careers and Coordinator of the local Area Learning Committee, Royal School Armagh
  • Welsh Group – Andrew Jackson, Recruitment Events Manager at University of South Wales and Wales Group Chair for HELOA
  • International Group – Jane Dunn, Higher Education International Partnerships Development Manager, Aston University 
  • Conservatoires Group – Elly Taylor, Academic Registrar, Royal College of Music

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, Enterprise Adviser, Careers & Enterprise Company
  • Undergraduate – vacancy
  • Postgraduate – vacancy
  • Apprentice – Jake Howarth, UG Engineer, Dyson Ltd

Education policy experts

  • Alison Train, Assistant Director, Leaps
  • Nick Ratcliffe, Public Affairs Consultant, Moot Point Consulting
  • 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, Executive Director at Accelerate People Ltd

Key documents

Key dates

2024 UCAS Council meetings

  • Thurs 22 February
  • Weds 19 June
  • Tues 24 September
  • Tues 19 November