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The IQN Board and IQN Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) play important part in our commitment to international standard and quality.


Alan Sampson is the non-executive Chairman of IQN. Alan is a versatile and dependable education professional with strong understanding of international education market. He has long experience of developing educational partnerships for the delivery of UK qualifications in different countries by complying with the UK and local regulatory requirements and recruitment of students to FE and HE programmes. Alan has extensive experience in different educational management positions including curriculum development, quality assurance, staff management and general educational operations. He has worked as the International Business Development Manager at Warwickshire College, where he developed partnerships and in-country delivery provisions in association with different UK and global stakeholders. He has worked as the Head of International Office at Weston College, where he was responsible for the development of international engagement, policy development, international recruitment and collaborative partnership development. Alan has worked as the Deputy Director (International Operations) at Bournileville College and also as the Progression & Recognition Manager at Pearson Qualifications (Edexcel). Alan has completed his MPhil at the Bournemouth University and DMS at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has completed BSc from the Central Missouri State University, USA.


Shazzad Rashid is the Vice-Chairman of IQN Board. He is a seasoned entrepreneur as well as a community leader. Furthermore, he is a franchise owner of one of the largest urgent care brands in the USA. Prior to focusing on developing and growing his urgent care enterprise, Shazzad has held different leadership and consultant positions within various Fortune 500 (such as Johnson Controls, John Deere) and Big 5 professional services (Arthur Andersen) firms. He has been serving as the Board Member of a religious institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan for several years. Shazzad has completed his Masters in Engineering Management with major in business administration from the Wichita State University (WSU) in Kansas. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the same university. He is the initiating leader of a community-based organisation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been successful in leading and bringing people of diversified background under a common platform to work together as a team. He has built relationship with local media to support the community and charity events. He actively pursues, energises and mentors leaders and volunteers to get engaged in the community. As part of IQN Board, Shazzad is keen to further IQN's growing presence in the Americas. Shazzad is responsible for boosting recognition of IQN professional certifications and credentials in the United States and Canada. By attaining third-party accreditation and developing a network of partners, the IQN Board aims to replicate its rest-of-the-world success to the Americas.


Dr. Joanna Goodman is the non-executive Director of IQN. She is a Professional Doctorate holder (EdD) and a widely experienced, dynamic educational professional with a proven track record of successfully delivering educational leadership and management, with specific expertise in curriculum and assessment. In her long career in education spanning for over 30 years, she has worked as a teacher, Learning Development Co-ordinator, and Academic Director. Her assessment expertise is globally recognised and her work has been published in many educational journals in the UK and abroad. Joanna’s considerable senior leadership experience has been gained working for maintained and independent educational establishments, where her responsibilities encompassed curriculum design and monitoring, and the development of teaching and learning, including assessment. She has gained significant recruitment expertise, making her an ideal senior educational professional to provide effective solutions to demanding, specialised senior staffing requirements of educational institutions in the UK and abroad. Besides, Joanna is a member of a NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guideline Committee and she is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. She is a member of the DfE panel of experts responsible for developing T level qualifications in Education and Childcare.


Samiur Rashid is a dynamic and committed ‘edupreneur’ with strong understanding of UK qualifications and international education markets. He has rich and deep experience of developing centre networks for the delivery of UK qualifications in different countries. He has extensive experience in developing collaborative provisions in partnership with different UK higher education establishments and awarding organisations. Samiur has extensive experience in different educational leadership roles including qualification development, external quality assurance, qualification mapping/benchmarking, internal verification and global market development. Samiur also has extensive experience in different educational and financial management positions including business development, training management, people management, and financial appraisal. His range of interests include UK national qualification frameworks, online collaborative provisions, developing continuing professional development frameworks, marketing analytics, educational leadership and risk-based quality assurance schemes. As a member of IQN Board of Directors, Samiur offers invaluable insights and leadership for rapidly expanding global operations of IQN.

At IQN, we aim to bring together international assessment and industry leaders to develop and manage business qualifications that will support people to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. That is why we continue to work with a growing number of external quality assurers and subject experts from different corners of the world.

In addition to the IQN Board, IQN Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) ensures that IQN offers qualifications to the standard expected by its stakeholders. The Committee monitors IQN’s compliance with SCQF Credit Rating Body’s requirements and those of other external reviewer such as SQA and Pearson.