Our Board

Welcome to the home of Swim England Qualifications Board members.

The role of the Swim England Qualification Board is to review, challenge and support the business objectives whilst ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies such as Ofqual and Qualification Wales.

The Swim England Qualifications Board meet on a quarterly basis.

If you have any questions about our Board please get in contact using the details on our contacts page.

Click or tap on the name of one of the board members below to find out more about them.

Warwick AndrewsWarwick Andrews – Chair Person

Warwick is an independent consultant and trainer working in the sports and leisure industry and corporate sector.

He has worked, over time, with numerous governing bodies of sport, professional sports and national and regional sports organisations in the UK and Ireland. He is an active trainer and advisor within the corporate sector focusing on leadership, people development and organisational change.

Warwick has worked in education and training for over twenty years having started his career in the Higher and Further Education sector.

He has led, guided and advised on various national vocational education projects for Government departments/regulators and national skills agencies as well as workforce and skills reform programmes for the sport and leisure industry.

Warwick has had a lifelong association with swimming having competed at junior and masters level, yet today, it is more for fun and enjoyment with family and the seeking-out of ‘wild’ swimming opportunities that maintains his participation interests.

Ben RockliffeBen Rockliffe – Vice Chair

Ben has worked in a number of different roles across the education and awarding sector.

He is currently a policy lead in the FE Teacher Supply Unit at the Department for Education. Prior to this he has worked on the Senior Management Team of two national awarding bodies where he led on expanding the business into new markets and regulatory compliance in qualification development and reporting.

Ben has previously worked at the Training and Development Agency for Schools, where he managed multilateral teacher training programmes and workforce strategy development strategy for English As an Additional Language, and at OCNW (now Ascentis) where he was a Development Manager.

Ben studied Translation and Interpretation in French and Spanish at the University of Bradford.

Earl LairdEarl Laird – Independent Member

Earl has worked in senior positions within the further education sector in Wolverhampton and Burton between 1986 and 2013.

He has significant experience of working within the commercial and public sectors from leadership positions and through his consultancy business.

He is the chair of a multi academy trust and trustee for two charities focused upon supporting young people into education, training and employment. Earl also studied leadership and management at the University of Leicester.

Steve McQuaidSteve McQuaid – Independent Member

As Head Honcho at Action Provoked, Steve enjoys supporting coach learning and development with a range of partners in the sport and active leisure sector.

He particularly enjoys exploring how to reinforce the learner being at the centre of learning experiences, and how technology can be used to facilitate this.

He is also currently fourth in command at Team McQuaid.

Previously he was the strategic lead for coach education at Sports Coach UK (now UK Coaching), and has experience of working in coach education within a range of environments including 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.

Allan ShawAllan Shaw – Independent Member

Allan has worked in public and private sector education for most of his career. As an education quality consultant since 2002, 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. He was appointed an associate Inspector in 1994 and has since inspected numerous college, training providers and prisons working for FEFC, ALI, Ofsted

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.

Simon StevensSimon Stevens – Head of Swim England Qualifications

Simon is the Head of Swim England Qualifications and is responsible for managing all aspects of the Swim England Qualifications team, ensuring the high quality certification and compliance of Swim England Qualifications.

Simon has worked at Swim England since 2009 holding a number of roles, predominantly around Quality Assurance and Compliance.

Simon studied Advertising and Marketing Communications at the University of Lincoln.

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