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New Ofsted board members

The Department for Education has announced 5 new appointments and 2 re-appointments to the Ofsted board.

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The Department for Education (DfE) announced the appointment of 5 new non-executive members of the Ofsted board: Julie Kirkbride, Hamid Patel CBE, Martin Spencer, Carole Stott MBE, Baroness Laura Wyld. The DfE also announced the re-appointment of existing board members John Cridland and Venessa Wilms.

Martin and Laura have been appointed for a 4 year period and Julie, Hamid and Carole for a 3 year period.

These appointments follow a joint process run by the DfE and Ofsted between January and May. We received over 400 applications of which 18 were interviewed by an advisory assessment panel.

Julius Weinberg, Chair of the Ofsted board, said:

I am delighted to welcome Carole, Hamid, Julie, Laura and Martin to the Ofsted board; their expertise, experience and passion will be of great value to us. I am also delighted that John and Venessa are remaining with us; their retention ensures continuity and that we continue to benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

We already have a strong board at Ofsted; our new members will bring perspectives and knowledge that will help as we continue to support the executive team in the important role we perform.

Read the full appointment announcement for July on GOV.UK.

Published 23 July 2019