Durham-based training provider Learning Curve Group has appointed former QA chief executive, William Macpherson (pictured), as chair with immediate effect.

The announcement follows the investment in March from Agilitas, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, to support the business in its next stage of growth, with the organisation looking to grow across all areas of its provision. It will also see former chair and ex-Dyson chief executive Martin McCourt exit the business.

Macpherson has experience of investment-backed private training and education providers. He led the Financial Training Company through its acquisition by Kaplan and then ran the organisation outside of the US, before joining QA in 2008. As chief executive, Macpherson transformed QA from a small training provider to an organisation with annual revenue of almost £300 million and many thousands of students, before retiring last year.

Brenda McLeish, chief executive of Learning Curve Group said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Martin for his help, guidance and support over the last few years. I’m delighted to welcome William as LCG’s new chair – he brings fantastic experience to the board along with shared values. The senior team and I, and the rest of our ‘purple people’, are excited to be working with him going forward."

Macpherson said: “I have long admired LCG from outside. They have a reputation for being a very high-quality institution but also one with a strong sense of mission and culture – vital ingredients for a growing business. I hope to be able to add some of my own experience whilst ensuring that the learner continues to be at the centre of everything we do."

McCourt edded: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair of LCG. The business has grown dramatically over the period and I’d like to congratulate Brenda and the team on transforming so many lives in this time. It is the right time to go and pass on the mantle of chair to someone else, and I wish Learning Curve Group the very best for the future.”

Date published: 15 September 2020

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