UCAS welcomes three new Trustees to our Board

UCAS is excited to welcome three new appointments to our Board of Trustees, following a thorough recruitment process.
Posted Mon 8 July 2019 - 09:30

Our new trustees are:

  • Caroline Hoddinott, Headteacher of Haybridge High School and Sixth Form in the West Midlands.
  • Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Mark Felix, Commercial Director (Insurance & Home Services) of the MoneySuperMarket Group.

Caroline Hoddinott says ‘I am very much looking forward to working with an organisation that plays such a pivotal role in the educational journey of so many young people. UCAS’ vision for the future is very compelling and I am delighted to be joining the Trustees at such an exciting time.’

Professor Malcolm Press says ‘I am delighted to be appointed to the UCAS Board. At a time when the Higher Education sector faces numerous challenges and pressures, it is my belief that there also are many exciting opportunities. I look forward to playing a role in helping UCAS continue to thrive, enhancing our world-leading education system, and ensuring that students remain at the heart of the organisation’s endeavours.’

Mark Felix says ‘I am thrilled to be joining UCAS and supporting them as they continue to connect and inspire people to higher education. It is a fantastic organisation that plays a vital role in facilitating progression to university and college. I hope my digital and commercial background can further enhance the journeys and experiences of the thousands of students who interact with UCAS every year.’

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive says, ‘I’m delighted to welcome Caroline, Malcolm, and Mark to our Board. As a trusted, independent organisation delivering products and services across a broad range of customer groups, it’s essential that we have the right blend of skills and expertise on our Board to support and challenge us, especially as we continue to deliver digital and data-led value to those we serve.’

The UCAS Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from the higher, further, and secondary education sectors, plus independent experts appointed based on their specific skills, knowledge, and expertise.

The Board meets five times a year and is responsible for ensuring UCAS sets an ambitious strategy, meets its charitable objectives, achieves growth across the business, and makes good progress towards its strategic aims.

Ms Hoddinott’s, Professor Press’, and Mr Felix’s appointments will take effect from 1 September 2019.

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Notes for editors

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people, each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

Caroline Hoddinott

Caroline has been the Headteacher of Haybridge High School and Sixth Form since 2007. She has overseen the school becoming a Teaching School and National Support School in 2011 (when Caroline was designated as an NLE – National Leader in Education) and a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) in 2015. In 2018 Haybridge formed, in partnership with King Charles 1 School, the Four Stones Multi Academy Trust.

Caroline is an Ofsted inspector and a representative on the Ofsted West Midlands Headteacher Reference Group, an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer, and is currently Chair of WASH (Worcestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers).

Professor Malcolm Press

Professor Malcolm Press is Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, having worked previously at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, and Manchester. He is a trustee of the WWF, and sits on the Board of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Malcolm is an ecologist, and has previously served as president of the British Ecological Society, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, and as a deputy chair for a Research Excellence Framework panel.

Mark Felix

Mark Felix is the Commercial Director at MoneySuperMarket Group responsible for Insurance & Home Services. Previously, Mark was the Online Director of Trade at John Lewis, and prior to that he held similar digital and commercial roles at Sainsbury’s and Carphone Warehouse. Mark began his career in consulting.

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