As a recognised awarding body regulated by Ofqual, the regulatory body for qualifications in England, CTH operates to exacting standards of academic governance.

Full details of procedures, oversight and academic control are available to relevant authorities on request.

At the highest level all academic matters are overseen by the CTH Academic Council which is made up of experienced and responsible educational practitioners with specialist expertise in the sector.

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CTH Academic Council Member Profiles

Dr. Duncan Tyler
Head of Division for Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies, London South Bank University
Deputy Chair and Treasurer of Association for Tourism in Higher Education

Dr Tyler is an expert in policy analysis, destination planning, urban tourism and regeneration. He has over 20 years consultancy experience in the tourism field including town planning, business planning and feasibility studies and strategic policy studies. He has published on issues including tourism education, tourism policy analysis, ecotourism, the role of tourism trade groups, urban tourism management and tourism in London.

Qualifications include PhD, M.Soc.Sc, BSc (Hons).

PhD (2007) Realities, Networks and Tourism Policy in England (1997-2001) School of Planning, Oxford Brookes University. M.SocSc (1984) Urban and Regional Studies (specialised in Leisure and Tourism) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham.

BSc (Hons) (1982) Environmental Sciences (major in Environmental Policy Studies) University of East Anglia.

Fellow of Confederation for Tourism and Hospitality. Fellow of Organisation of Tourism and Hospitality. Member of Tourism Society, Member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Advisory Posts include: Member of Curriculum Development Group for 14-19 year Diploma in Tourism and Travel; Working Party on the Assessment of Good Practice in Writing Tourism Strategies for the Association of District Councils 1997; Policy Advisor to the Local Government Association on Tourism and Regeneration; Cross River Partnership, London.


John Vaughan
Director of Edgehill Business School

John has over 30 years’ experience of higher education having worked at several universities. He is currently Academic Director at Arden University following Head of Department posts at Liverpool John Moores and Edge Hill Universities.

John has been active internationally, setting up university partnerships in Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Malaysia, China and Singapore.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Chartered Management Institute, his academic background was originally in law but he has developed extensive experience in designing and managing business and management courses particularly in the online sector.


Keyth E Richardson
Self-employed consultant

Keyth has been Chair of the CTH Academic Council since 2009. He recently retired as Catering and Academy Manager at Gloucestershire College, where he was responsible for managing a range of courses from Schools Links for 14-16 year olds to a Foundation Degree, whilst also running three commercial restaurant operations offering a fine dining experience in a teaching and learning environment, and running the college’s £1m in-house catering provision across seven campuses.

He has over 30 years’ experience teaching catering, hospitality and tourism in a number of Further and Higher Education Institutions in the UK and Hong Kong. His work in industry includes contract catering management and head chef at Britain’s first theme park, Thorpe Park. He has experience as an external moderator and examiner with BTEC and AQA/C&G and consultancy with Hong Kong Tourist Association and Barrelfield Golf Network. In 2014 he published a book on Basic Cookery for Foundation Learners.

He is a Fellow of Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality FCTH, holds a Cert Dip AF from the ACCA and is a retired Fellow of both the Institute of Learning and Institute of Hospitality.

Paul Evans
Deputy Dean for BPP University School of Foundation and English Language Studies

The school delivers both face to face and online International Hospitality and Event Management, Pre-Masters Diploma, International Foundation Certificate and ‘Pathway’ programmes, together with a comprehensive range of academic English and study skills preparatory courses. The school is also responsible for BPP Apprenticeship Functional Skills training.

In addition to his role as an Academic Council member for the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH), Paul’s other roles include: University Pro Proctor; member of the University Executive Training Council; Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee; Chair of International Agenda Working Group; member of HEA Change Management group and well versed in the writing and validation of numerous UG and PG programmes.

His management career includes senior and varied roles within the hotel and hospitality industry latterly as General Manager of the Washington Hotel, Mayfair, London and Retail Operations Director for a division of Compass before leaving to successfully set up his own company involving corporate and concession outlets in Health Clubs and IT companies.


Professor Kevin Hannam
Associate Dean (Research and Head of Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Events at the University of Sunderland

Qualifications include: BAHons and Phd. Fellow of Royal Geographical Society. Recent research projects include ESF Demographic Change and publications include:

  • Hannam, K. and Diekmann, A. 2010. Tourism and India. London: Routledge.
  • Hannam, K. and Knox, D. 2010. Understanding Tourism: A critical introduction. London: Sage.
  • Hannam, K. and Diekmann, A. (eds.) 2010. Beyond Backpacker Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities. Channel View.