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. 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. 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.
Rayhan Utpaul is the company secretary of IQN. Rayhan is a chartered accountant who has versatile working experience in accounting practice in the UK. From the University of Wales, he has completed Master of Business Administration in Finance and Investment Management. Rayhan’s deep knowledge of corporate regulatory and focus on compliance is a big plus for IQN. As the company secretary, he is responsible for ensuring that IQN complies with standard financial and legal practice and maintains high standards of corporate governance. Within the organisation, he holds a critical position at the heart of governance operations as well as acts as a key point of communication among the board of directors, shareholders and IQN's executive management. He has excellent organisational skills and is highly efficient and methodical with a good eye for detail. Having the quality of a freelance accountant and corporate consultant, Rayhan has useful networks within the wider industry. Insights derived from the professional engagement are much needed to remain updated with the latest industry trend and to assess how the current developments might impact IQN’s future.
Samiur Rashid is a dynamic and committed ‘edupreneur’ with strong understanding of UK qualifications and international education markets. Samiur is an IPA graduate of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFims) of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 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.