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Register for the Ofqual conference, 8 December 2015

Details of our 2015 conference for awarding organisations we regulate.

 Assessing the future: your qualification, our regulation

Gain a greater understanding of our regulatory approach. Hear from those who rely on qualifications and pose questions to our senior leadership team.

When and where

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 09:30 to 16:00 at Vox, Resorts World, Birmingham.


Register for the conference

Registration is open to organisations regulated by Ofqual.

Speakers and panellists

  • Amanda Spielman, Chair, Ofqual
  • Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
  • Nigel Whitehead CBE, Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, BAE Systems and Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • John Widdowson CBE, Chair, Association of Colleges and Principal & Chief Executive, New College Durham
  • Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester
  • Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Development and Research, NIACE
  • Professor Ken Young, Technology Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Nick Linford, Director, LSECT and former editor of FE Week


08:45 Registration opens
09:30 Welcome and opening address by Glenys Stacey, Ofqual Chief Regulator
10:15 Keynote speech by Nigel Whitehead CBE, BAE systems
10:45 Panel discussion and questions & answers
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 Breakout sessions
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Breakout sessions
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Leadership team questions & answers
15:45 Closing speech by Amanda Spielman, Ofqual Chair
16:00 Conference closes

Breakout sessions

Sessions at 12:00

Session Presenter Room
Audit and compliance - what you need to know Rosemary Carter, Associate Director of Regulatory Compliance 1
Innovation in qualifications Ken Young, Technology Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre

Clare Rowntree, Senior Economist, Strategic Policy & Risk
Ofqual regulatory framework - An Introduction Julie Swan, Associate Director Regulatory Policy and Vocational Qualification Policy 3

Sessions at 13:45

Session Presenter Room
Our Approach to Risk Bryan Horne, Associate Director, Standards for Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships 1
Developments in Ofqual Enforcement Matthew Humphrey, Associate Director, Legal Moderation and Enforcement 2
Equality in assessment Julie Swan, Associate Director Regulatory Policy and Vocational Qualification Policy 3

Getting to the conference

Vox conference centre is part of the Resorts World complex near the NEC.


Vox is a 10 minute walk from Birmingham International station. Follow the directions through the NEC to Resorts World.


For satnav use postcode B40 1NT. See this map for the location of Vox.

The NEC complex is easily accessible and signposted from the M42, M40 and M6. Parking will be in the East 5 car park. Once at the NEC complex, do not follow car parking signs for Resorts World, follow the signs for the East 5 car park. From there it is a 2 to 3 minute walk to the lakeside entrance of the venue.


The 900 bus, from Birmingham Moor Street station or Coventry Pool Meadow bus station, stops at Birmingham International Station for the Vox. It is approximately a 40 minutes journey from Pool Meadow or Moor Street with buses every 30 minutes.


If you have any questions you would like to put to the Ofqual leadership team in advance of their questions and answers session, please email them to