Qualifications Wales appoint two new board members

Friday 24 Sep 2021

The Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS has announced the appointment of Julie Brannan and Professor John Latham CBE to the Board of Qualifications Wales.  

Julie Brannan is Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority; she leads the introduction of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination for admission as a solicitor of England and Wales.  Previously, Julie was the Director of the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and before that a litigation partner at law firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). 

Professor John Latham CBE is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Coventry University Group. John has a background in information technology and telecommunications, and has previously worked for several private sector organisations including JHP Group, Jaguar Cars and BT.   He is currently a board member of Health Education England, a Council member of Innovate UK and a Board member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  Previously, John was a Governor and Chair of a Further Education College, and a Governor and Deputy Chair of a High School during its transition to an Academy.  He is also currently a trustee of a developing Multi-Academy Trust of Sixth Form colleges across England.  He was born in, and has recently partly relocated to North Wales, and was educated through the Welsh School and Further Education systems.  

David Jones, OBE DL Chair of Qualifications Wales, said: “I am pleased to welcome Julie Brannan and Professor John Latham as new members of the Qualifications Wales Board.  

Julie brings her experience and understanding of professional qualifications to the Board combined with her many years in the legal profession and she will make a considerable contribution to our regulation work.  

John brings a broad range of experience from higher education, innovation, technology, communications, private sector and non-executive and his perspective will contribute to our thinking on qualification reform.” 

Julie Brannan will take up her position in September and Professor John Latham will take up his board position in December.