Learning Curve Group, one of the UK’s largest and most diverse training providers, has announced that former QA CEO, William Macpherson, is to become Chair with immediate effect.

The announcement follows the investment in March from Agilitas, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, to support the business in its next stage of growth, with the organisation looking to grow across all areas of its provision. It will also see former Chair and ex-Dyson CEO Martin McCourt exit the business.

Macpherson, who scooped the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ award at the 2019 Education Investor Awards, has a strong history in investment backed private training and education providers. He led the Financial Training Company through its acquisition by Kaplan and then ran the organisation outside of the US, before joining QA in 2008. As CEO, William transformed QA from a small training provider to an organisation with annual revenues of almost £300m and many thousands of students, before retiring in 2019.

Brenda McLeish, CEO of Learning Curve Group said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Martin for his help, guidance and support over the last few years. I’m delighted to welcome William as LCG’s new Chair – he brings fantastic experience to the board along with shared values. The senior team and I, and the rest of our ‘purple people’, are excited to be working with him going forward.”

William Macpherson, new Chairman of Learning Curve Group said: “I have long admired LCG from outside. They have a reputation for being a very high-quality institution but also one with a strong sense of mission and culture – vital ingredients for a growing business. I hope to be able to add some of my own experience whilst ensuring that the learner continues to be at the centre of everything we do.”

Martin McCourt, outgoing Chairman said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair of LCG. The business has grown dramatically over the period and I’d like to congratulate Brenda and the team on transforming so many lives in this time. It is the right time to go and pass on the mantle of Chair to someone else, and I wish Learning Curve Group the very best for the future.”