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Julie Swan appointed Executive Director for General Qualifications

Ofqual is today (16 May 2016) announcing the appointment of Julie Swan as Executive Director for General Qualifications.


Julie was appointed as the Acting Executive Director when her predecessor, Ian Stockford, left Ofqual in December. Following a recruitment process, she has accepted the offer of a permanent position.

Chief Regulator Sally Collier said:

I am very pleased to announce Julie’s appointment. She has provided strong leadership over the past six months and I am delighted that she is now joining Ofqual’s executive team on a permanent basis.

Julie will lead our General Qualifications directorate into a busy summer that will include awarding the first new AS levels. She will also bring significant experience as we begin the process to accredit reformed GCSE, AS and A level submissions for first teaching in September 2017.

Julie has worked for Ofqual for seven years and was most recently our Associate Director for Regulatory Policy.

Julie Swan said:

I’m very happy to be able to continue the work I’ve done so far within the directorate. I appreciate that there are significant challenges ahead as we continue to reform GCSEs, AS and A levels and I am looking forward to working through those with colleagues and other stakeholders.

Published 16 May 2016