ASA Awarding Body Board Members

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Allan Shaw


Allan was born in Hull and studied Sociology at Sheffield University followed by a Diploma in Education. From 1971 until 2002 he worked within further education in Derby apart from five years when he taught and managed in Sierra Leone, both at the University of Sierra Leone and at Freetown Theological Hall.

From 2001-2002 he was acting Principal of Derby College, Wilmorton. Allan was appointed an associate Inspector in 1994 and has since inspected numerous college, training providers and prisons working for FEFC, ALI, Ofsted and most recently ISI.

Allan has worked as an education quality consultant since 2002 both in the private and public sector. He has worked on significant national and regional projects, including Skills Accounts, Training Standards and Offender Learning Management. Allan has also supported many colleges and training providers in their inspection preparation.

Allan lives in Derby and plays Hockey for Belper Hockey Club. He is a keen gardener.

Ben Rockliffe

Vice Chair

Ben was born in Cumbria and studied French and Spanish at the University of Bradford followed by a Masters in Translating and Interpreting.

Ben has worked in a number of different roles across the education and awarding sector. He began his career as Development Manager for OCNW (now Ascentis) on projects such as Functional Skills and vocational qualification developments, before moving on to work as a Project Manager at the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and latterly the Department for Education where he managed multilateral teacher training programmes and a workforce development strategy for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners.

More recently worked at AIM Awards, as Director of Business, leading on expanding the business into new markets such as counselling and ESOL International, before moving to his current post at Open Awards in 2015 where he is Head of Business and Strategy.

Ben lives in Warrington where he enjoys swimming and travelling.

Warwick Andrews

Independent Member

Warwick is a freelance consultant and has worked with numerous governing bodies of sport, sector skills councils, County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and sports councils on a variety of workforce education and training projects since 2006. Prior to that, Warwick was a regional manager for Skills Active and a senior manager at Sports Coach UK leading the development of education and training products for coaching. He was also the lead officer for the development and implementation of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC).

Warwick began his career teaching sports science in further education colleges and subsequently progressed to lead the sport science programme at the University of Sunderland. It was in this environment that Warwick developed an interest and passion for education and began contributing to the development of vocational courses and qualifications for the sport and leisure industry. Warwick is an active trainer and delivers tutor and assessor training programmes for a wide range of learners in the sport and leisure industry.

Earl Laird

Independent Member

Earl was born in Wolverhampton and has studied leadership and management at the University of Leicester. He has worked within the further education sector in Wolverhampton and Burton between 1986 and 2013 within senior positions. Earl also has significant experience of working within the commercial and public sectors from leadership positions and through his consultancy business.

Earl is a founder member and Vice Chair for the network for Black Professionals. Earl lives in Sutton Coldfield and enjoys walking and fitness training.

Steve McQuaid

Independent Member

Steve is Head of Coach Education and Development at Sports Coach UK. He supports a team of talented Coach Education Advisors to help partners across the UK to develop high quality education. He is the strategic lead for coach education at Sports Coach UK, and has experience of working in coach education within local authority (Bath City Council), national governing body (the LTA) and higher and further education (Colchester Institute).

Steve swam for the Scottish Junior, Youth and Senior squads in the late eighties and early nineties, coached at Warrender Baths Swimming Club in the mid-nineties and has taught and coached in a variety of environments since.


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