One of the UK’s largest training providers has announced the appointment of a new chairman.

Learning Curve Group, based near Durham, has appointed former QA chief executive officer William Macpherson as its chairman with immediate effect.

The announcement follows the investment in March by Agilitas, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, aimed at supporting the business in the next stage of its growth across all areas.

It will also see the departure of former chairman and ex-Dyson chief executive officer Martin McCourt who exits the business.

New chairman William Macpherson, who scooped the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ award at the 2019 Education Investor Awards, has a strong history in 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 United States, before joining QA in 2008.

As chief executive officer, William transformed QA from a small training provider to an organisation with annual revenues of almost £300m and many thousands of students, before retiring in 2019.

Brenda McLeish, chief executive officer 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 Learning Curve Group’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.”

Stepping into his role as the new chairman of Learning Curve Group, William McPherson 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.”

Outgoing chairman Martin McCourt added: “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.”



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