The Council and its Committees

BAC is governed by its Council which is comprised of individuals and nominees of stakeholder organisations which are closely involved in maintaining education standards.

For practical purposes, the Council gives delegated authority to two Committees which monitor and implement BAC’s work:

  • The Executive Committee, which has the same responsibilities as the Board of Directors in a commercial company, provides strategic direction for BAC.
  • The Accreditation Committee, which receives the reports of inspections and takes decisions on the award or withdrawal of accreditation. It also regularly reviews the standards against which inspectors assess institutional provision. The current Chairman of the Accreditation Committee is Mrs Diane Billam.

BAC’s Inspectorate

BAC’s inspectorate comprises of experienced and highly qualified, independent inspectors from a rich variety of educational backgrounds. Each inspection team includes at least one Lead Inspector, who is responsible for producing the inspection report which is presented to the Accreditation Committee. The ultimate decision regarding accreditation rests with the Accreditation Committee. The inspectorate is overseen by the Chief Inspector, Ms Sheila Needham.

Internal Quality Assurance

BAC takes measures to ensure that its management and accreditation work meet the highest standards and provide a high quality of service. A range of activities underpin the internal quality assurance of its work. Read more about our Internal Quality Assurance here.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan  sets out the key priorities for the British Accreditation Council over the forthcoming three years.

You can read here the BAC Strategic Plan

BAC’s Funding

BAC is self-financing through accreditation fees paid by institutions. It receives no public monies. However, BAC is not for profit and any surplus is fed back to improve our systems as part of our mission to raise standards in the sector.

Our annual report, which accompanies our audited accounts, is freely available on the Charity Commission’s website.

BAC's London Office

BAC’s committees and inspectors are supported by the core team of administrative staff at our head office in London. Led by the Chief Executive, the staff are responsible for the day-to-day business of BAC, including management of inspections, oversight of our accredited institutions, and communications with the public and the sector.