Worcestershire chief quits to join UCAS

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council's chief executive Clare Marchant has resigned to become the new CEO of university admissions body UCAS.

Marchant joined the council in 2010 as its head of change, becoming assistant chief executive two years later. She took the helm as chief executive in June 2014.

She had previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, overseeing large-scale transformation programmes for clients including DWP and the Department for Constitutional Affairs, before moving to the Department for Health, where she led the development of the Choose & Book and Picture Archiving Communication services.  

In a letter to staff, reported by the Worcester News, Marchant said: "In recent years, we have benefited from over £100m of infrastructure investment. We have the fastest-growing economy in England [and] significant innovation in our work with partners such as West Mercia Police, district councils and our health colleagues. Together we have established a track record in delivering commercial and digital change on behalf of residents.

"I am sad to be leaving but I am looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity of leading UCAS for the benefit of young people, working with education providers to ensure participation is widened, retention and satisfaction maximised and that the experience enriches and enables our young people to achieve their potential and make the best contribution to society and our economy they can."

Marchant is expected to leave the council in June.