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Advisory Groups


The Executive Council of UK NARIC (NEC) 2014

UK NARIC, the National Recognition Information Centre, is the national agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide. Under the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the UK Government contracts on an open public tender basis for an external supplier to deliver the NARIC service.

In accordance with the UK NARIC contract with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) effective 1st February 2014; the NEC has been established to take the responsibility for the overall strategy and direction of the NARIC function, providing advice and support for its continued growth and development.


The objective of the Council is to review, advise on and promote the work of NARIC with particular reference to the following aspects:

  1. NARIC’s work in the context of the new Erasmus+ programme; its international activities including advice to BIS on public policy needs regarding qualification recognition issues;
  2. NARIC’s delivery of the contract terms with particular reference to the public service aspect;
  3. NARIC’s role as a central intelligence source providing a national information service to education, employment and regulatory sectors;
  4. The overarching strategies and direction of the NARIC service based on sector / market observations;
  5. The financial and legal situation of the operation to ensure sustainability and continued growth of NARIC services.

The Council requires input from the major stakeholders in the public interests that NARIC serves as representatives of central Government Departments and the education and employment sectors. The Council also requires legal and financial expertise and independent advisers.


The Council is composed of four groups of members:

  • Government departments with key policy interests in UK NARIC. This includes DfE, BEIS, the Home Office and the FCO. The contract authority, DfE, will be represented by the contract manager for the NARIC contract
  • Education and employment sectors served by UK NARIC including the higher and further education sectors and employers. The representatives for these sectors will be appointed for the term of the contract
  • Independent advisers. These will be appointed for the term of the contract and their term can be terminated or extended by UK NARIC
  • The chief executive of UK NARIC and the legal counsel/company secretary to the company delivering the UK NARIC contract.

The following representatives have been invited to participate in the NARIC Executive Council with identified expertise and responsibilities:

    Bai-Yun, Cloud – UK NARIC

    Dr Cloud Bai-Yun: is the current chief executive of ECCTIS Ltd as a newly re-established independent business group responsible for the continued management of UK NARIC on behalf of the UK Government.

    Dr Bai-Yun was the driving force and creator of the first ever comprehensive database of its kind, the UK’s Crown copyright databank, International Comparisons. She was also the designer of the unique UK NARIC Band Framework, a prized intellectual property of the Crown.

    Under her tenure UK NARIC has become an internationally recognised leading information service provider and she has been instrumental in developing the agency, expanding its operational purview to include the National Reference Point for Vocational Qualifications (NRP) from 2001; the National Europass Centre (UK NEC) from 2005; the National Contact Point for Professional Qualifications (UK NCP) from 2008, and the National Contact Centre for ECVET from 2009, establishing the world’s first central public service function committed and pride itself of the best information service able to provide professional judgements on the full range of qualifications and skills standards.

    Over the past few years, Dr Bai-Yun has developed and pursued professional interests in the global market for education, training and international mobility, having served as an elected Board member of the EU NARIC networks, the ASEM working groups to name a few. She has been a key mover in taking forward major initiatives supporting transparency of qualifications in Europe, and enhancing efficiency of education systems in key regions worldwide.

    On a personal level she is an accomplished linguist, proficient in a number of languages as a result of an extensive academic history which has seen her study in both mainland China and Russia during her pursuit of her Bachelor and Masters. Cloud gained her doctorate in 1996 at the University of Leeds and also holds a number of qualifications in IT, Computing and Business Management.

    Sir Drummond Bone – Balliol College, Oxford University

    Professor Sir Drummond Bone is Master of Balliol College and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

    Drummond Bone (MA Glasgow; DLitt hc, Chester, Liverpool, Lancaster; DUniv, Glasgow) was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol, and went on to teach English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, before returning to Glasgow where he became Professor of English Literature, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Senior Vice-Principal. He was then successively Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. He was President of Universities UK from 2005-7. He has been involved in business and University interaction and in economic regeneration as a member of the CBI’s Science and Innovation Committee, as Chair of the Northern Innovation and Industry Group, and as Chair of the Liverpool ‘European Capital of Culture’ Company. In 2008 he was commissioned by the then UK government to write a report on the internationalisation of Higher Education, and from 2008 to 2011 was a consultant on internationalisation to Universities both in the UK and overseas. He chairs the i-Graduate Group and within that the Observatory on Borderless Education.

    He is a founding editor of the journal Romanticism, was the academic editor of the Byron Journal, has served on editorial boards of academic journals in Italy and Germany as well as the UK, is the author of ‘Byron’ in the Writers and their Work series, and the contributing editor of the Cambridge Companion to Lord Byron. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

    Edmundson, Henry – Schlumberger

    Henry Edmundson is Director of R9 Energy Consultants, specializing in technical capability and communication needs for the upstream oil and gas industry.

    Henry recently retired as Petro-Technical Director from Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company with 115,000 employees of 140 nationalities operating in more than 80 countries.

    His most recent responsibilities included ensuring the recruitment, motivation, career development and retention of the company’s several thousand geoscientists and petroleum engineers. Henry remains Chairman of the NExT Client Advisory Board. NExT, a wholly owned Schlumberger business, is a major training provider in the upstream industry.

    Since 1995, he has created successively the knowledge management, technical career ladder, competency management, and training platforms for Schlumberger’s several thousand technical staff worldwide. He was also responsible for the company’s relationships with universities worldwide.

    Henry has deep domain knowledge of the oil and gas business, the education market, the implementation of knowledge management, and the talent management of upstream technical staff. He serves on the Education and Training committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    Henry has also served on the Advisory Board of Getenergy Bridge, a web resource for sourcing educational data worldwide relevant to the oil and gas industry. Since 2014, he is serving on the Executive Council of NARIC, the UK national agency for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide.

    Henry graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK with an engineering degree and from the University of Bristol with a post-graduate degree in mathematical logic. He is married with three children.

    Knight, Richard – Legal Counsel

    Richard Knight is a partner in the Corporate Department of Harrison Clark Rickerbys Limited (formerly Rickerbys LLP). In mid 2014 he celebrated 25 years with the firm, having been a partner since 1991.

    Richard is well known and highly regarded within the Gloucestershire business community. He represents a wide variety of corporate and commercial clients and advises them extensively on all aspects of their business affairs. One further and interesting aspect of his client base relates to educational establishments. Richard was key in establishing his firm in providing legal advice to the new breed of academies, is also involved in the merger of educational establishments and the independent sector.

    Richard prides himself on giving no-nonsense, practical and effective legal advice to all of his clients.

    Makeham, Peter – Independent
    Regan, Paul – Home Office
    Tucker, Clive - Independent
    Wilkinson, Pamela – Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)