William Macpherson, Chief Executive, QA
William has been Chief Executive of QA since June 2008 which is one of the UK’s largest learning businesses focused on IT, Project Management and Professional Development. In 2011, QA entered into a ground-breaking university/private partnership with the University of Ulster to open and operate campuses on a joint basis in London and Birmingham.
Before joining QA, William was Chief Executive of Kaplan International, and a member of Kaplan’s executive board, the education division of The Washington Post Company. At Kaplan, alongside responsibility for the training companies, William led and pioneered collaboration between Kaplan units and Universities in UK, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, including pathway programmes, remote campuses, and new delivery methods to enable outreach to new pools of potential students. Prior to his 4 years at Kaplan, William ran The Financial Training Company, then the UK’s largest professional trainer of accountants.
William is a trustee of Care International, and chairs the Finance & Audit Committee. In his early career, he worked for Bain & Co. William has a law degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD, where he was a Louis Franck Scholar.