The Ofqual board is the legal authority responsible for the regulation of qualifications, examinations and assessments.
The board provides leadership and direction, setting our strategic aims, values and standards. Its work is governed by the Ofqual Governance Framework (PDF, 666 KB, 58 pages), first adopted on 1 April 2010 and last revised in November 2019.
Members of the board are:
Ian Bauckham CBE, Chair
Dr Jo Saxton, Chief Regulator
Dame Christine Ryan, former Chief Inspector and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Schools Inspectorate
Frances Wadsworth CBE, Deputy FE Commissioner
Susan Barratt, former audit Partner at Deloitte
Matt Tee, Executive Director, Integration, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Catherine McClellan, Deputy CEO (Assessment), Australian Council for Educational Research
Hardip Begol CBE, CEO, Woodard Academies Trust
Mark Farrar, former CEO of the Association of Accounting Technicians and previously CEO of the Construction Industry Training Board
Cindy Leslie, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee on the Architects Registration Board, and Chair of Governors for Channing School, Highgate
Eileen Milner, former CEO of the Education Skills Funding Agency and previously COO of the Care Quality Commission
Chris Paterson, Director of Impact at the Education Endowment Foundation
Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of the Epilepsy Society, non-executive Governor of Birmingham City University, and Director of Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership
The executive directors are:
Catherine Large OBE, Executive Director, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Cath Jadhav, Executive Director, Standards Research and Analysis
Kate Evans, Interim Executive Director, RCS
Daniel Gutteridge, General Counsel
Michael Hanton, Executive Director, Strategy
Standards advisory group
The standards advisory group is a committee of the Ofqual board. It reviews research and makes recommendations about how we can maintain standards of qualifications.
It is made up of members of our board and independent assessment specialists.
The independent members of this group are:
Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Director of the Department of Education, University of Oxford
Professor Robert Coe, independent consultant, formerly of School of Education, Durham University
Dr Tina Isaacs, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Gordon Stobart, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Caroline Gipps, Emeritus Professor, former Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
Professor Rebecca Allen, independent consultant, formerly of UCL Institute of Education
Dr Mike Cresswell, Consultant in Assessment (formerly Chief Executive of AQA and Ofqual board member)
Tom Bramley, Director, Research Division, Cambridge Assessment
Norman Gealy, Consultant in Assessment, former Chair of the Assessment Committee of the ICAEW, former head of research at the City & Guilds of London Institute
Prue Huddleston, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick
Isabel Sutcliffe, Independent Consultant and formerly Pearson’s International Standards and Quality Director
Daisy Christodoulou, Director of Education, No More Marking
William Pointer, Head of Standards and Awarding, AQA
Dr Catherine Close, Director, Psychometrics, Renaissance Learning Inc
Zhanxin Hao, DPhil Student in Educational Assessment, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.