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:

Cloud Bai-Yun - UK NARIC
Sir Drummond Bone - Balliol College, Oxford University
Henry Edmundson - Schlumberger
Richard Knight - Legal Counsel
Peter Makeham - Independent (Chair)
Clive Tucker - Independent
Pamela Wilkinson - Department for Education (DfE)
Paul Regan - Home Office