Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Disabled Students Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) is governed by a Board of Trustees. These trustees are unremunerated, and have no vested interest in the quality assurance process.
The National Union of Students (NUS) has two seats on the board, to ensure that disabled students always have a voice. The other trustees are independent, and are involved because of their interest and expertise. The current board members are:

Chair: Rebecca Harrison, for more information please see our board and associates members page.

Trustees: David Malcolm (Deputy Chair) (NUS), Richard Currie (Independent), Ronald Barham (Independent) and James Elliott (NUS), for more information please see our board and associates members page.


DSA-QAG employs five staff members, who carry out the work of DSA-QAG, auditing assessment centres and Assistive Technology Service (ATS) providers, and developing new projects to help meet our aims as an organisation. DSA-QAG is based in Glasgow, who work in partnership with BDO, our third party audit organisation with a pool of auditors in their respective regions.

CEO: Karen Docherty

Operations Manager: Jim Kersse

QA & Audit Officer: Robyn Mullen

Administration Support Officer: Lance Johnson

Finance Officer: Jennifer Hamilton

Find more information on our staff.


BDO: DSA-QAG outsourced its onsite audit provision in May 2011 to BDO. BDO is a global company and was selected to work with DSA-QAG due to the company’s experience of working in the Higher Education field and the ability to offer regional auditors in England and Wales where our assessment centres and ATS providers are based. Find more information on the auditors.

Associate Members

The Department for Education (DfE), the Student Loans Company (SLC), National Health Service (NHS) and Open University also nominate one observer each to the Board. Associate members also include representatives from key stakeholders, National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC), Independent Assessment Centres (IAC) and ATS providers who each nominate one observer to the Board.