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Meet Pauline Radcliffe, Chief Executive of the SCQF Partnership

Pauline Radcliffe

What is your role within the SCQFP?

I’m honored to be the new Chief Executive of the Partnership, taking up the reins from my excellent predecessor Aileen Ponton just before Christmas 2022.


What do you look forward to achieving in your role?

I’m lucky enough to be inheriting an Investors in People Gold team, so my main priority in the first few months will be to understand the breadth and reach of their delivery in order to support the team’s delivery of our 2022- 25 Strategic Plan.

With so much change to the lifelong learning and skills agenda in Scotland underway in 2023, I look forward to championing the use of the SCQF in promoting equality and diversity of choice in learning and achievement to all people in Scotland regardless of their life and learning pathways to date.

As a Partnership we have a wonderful opportunity to offer our Framework as an enabling tool that facilitates opportunity within a fairer and more efficient lifelong learning system, that puts quality assurance firmly at the heart of the Scottish learning and skills landscape.

Tell us a bit about your career to date?

I have had a wide-ranging career history working across public, private and third sectors, including local authorities, NDPBs and, more recently, Scottish Government.

For over 20 years I ran my own research and management consultancy business supporting organisations, projects and individuals to review their achievements, assess what works, plan for change and development and deliver effective services.

I’ve worked to deliver plans and strategies across regeneration, grant-making, economic development, health improvement and lifelong learning sectors at the same time as acting as a non-executive director for several UK, Scottish and local non-profits, with a focus on fairness, tackling inequality and well-being. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

As a child, I once stayed at Admiralty House in Whitehall with a friend whose mum was married to a former Home Secretary. He told me not to press the red button in the kitchen in order to avoid an SAS emergency. After that it was very hard not to press it!


Follow Pauline on Twitter @Pauline_SCQF

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