The Advisory Panel consists of independent, industry experts in their fields.

The Panel scrutinise the activities of TQUK including the quality standards we maintain and assessment methods that are used for our qualifications.

The vast experiences and knowledge of the panel members means they are able to offer TQUK invaluable advice, support and guidance.


Norman Gealy

Norman has specialised in educational measurement since graduating in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University in 1975.  He worked for The Psychological Corporation in the US and for City & Guilds in the UK  before helping to set up an independent consultancy in London in 1986.

His main fields of work have been vocational and professional qualifications, and his clients have included numerous awarding organisations providing vocational qualifications at different levels, as well as all of the professional accountancy bodies operating in the UK.  He has worked directly for the UK government, both as an agent, in the provision of consultancy overseas, and as an adviser, having helped to develop the criteria by which all English qualifications (school and vocational) were regulated from 2004.

Following the decision to introduce the Qualifications and Credit Framework for vocational qualifications, he directed and managed the government-funded project to help all of the recognised awarding organisations operating in England to implement the new system.

More recently, in 2012 and 2013, he has helped to develop new professional qualifications in facilities management and in project management, as well as continuing to contribute to national qualification policies through written work and through involvement in government projects relating both to implementation and to strategy.


Helen Smallbone

A graduate of the University of Nottingham, Helen has worked in the HE Sector for over 10 years.

In July 2009 Helen was appointed to the role of Senior Registrar: Assessment and Awards at Edge Hill, with overall responsibility for the management of all administrative procedures and regulations required to facilitate and govern the assessment of students and confirmation of final awards.

Helen is accountable for the following Edge Hill University Academic Regulations;  Academic Malpractice, Code of Conduct for Examinations, Appeals Procedures, Exceptional Mitigating Circumstances, Guidelines on the Assessment of Disabled Students, Role and Remit of Assessment Boards and Certification of Awards.


Joseph Bourke

Joe has been teaching since 1977 in four different primary schools in Liverpool, Stockport and Salford. He has been a head teacher for the last 21 years, undergoing 4 successful Ofsted Inspections.

He has worked with both Manchester University and MMU, liaising on Initial Teacher Training and has acted as a Headteacher consultant for Salford Authority. For the last three years Joe has been a member of the LA’s School Forum and worked on LA’s Property Management working group. He has been acting as “facilitator” for Salford Catholic Headteachers group, providing a link between Diocese and LA.

Joe also acts as Designator Teacher in school, and has a wealth of experience in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues.