An extraordinary meeting of the Association of Colleges board was held this week to discuss the controversy surrounding its chief executive, Roger Ward.
The meeting, due to be held yesterday, was announced as The TES went to press. Board members were told to cancel meetings, including attending the annual conference of the Association of College Management at which Mr Ward was due to speak today.
An investigation by solicitors into Mr Ward's links with the staff recruitment agency Education Lecturing Services and finance advisers Burke Ford Reed was ordered by the AOC board following revelations in The TES.
The TES had revealed that Mr Ward was receiving Pounds 650 a month from a consultancy agreement with Burke Ford Reed. He has repeatedly denied having an agreement.
Last week, he told the Commons Education and Employment Select Committee a full register of interests would be released. As The TES went to press, he had failed to produce the register of senior staff and board member interests.
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