Our governance

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 (February 2016) (PDF, 273KB, 53 pages) , adopted on 1 April 2010.

Board members

Members of the board are:

  • Sally Collier, Chief Regulator
  • Amanda Spielman, Chair
  • Professor Julius Weinberg, Deputy Chair
  • Anne Heal
  • Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council
  • Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, Chief Executive of the Bright Futures Education Trust
  • Maggie Galliers, Chair of the Learning & Work Institute (LWI) Company Board and Chair of City College Coventry Corporation
  • Mike Cresswell, former Chief Executive of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
  • Neil Watts, consultant headteacher for Suffolk County Council, member of the Architects Registration Board and member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Complaints Committee
  • Roger Taylor, National Professional Adviser on Intelligence at the Care Quality Commission
  • Tim Balcon, Chief Executive, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
  • Tom Taylor, Commercial Director, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and Chair, Consumer Council for Water Wales
  • Professor Terri Scott, Principal and CEO of Northern Regional College in Northern Ireland (NRC)

Executive

The executive directors are:

  • Michelle Meadows, Executive Director, Strategy, Risk and Research
  • Phil Beach, Interim Executive Director, Vocational Qualifications
  • Marc Baker, Chief Operating Officer
  • Julie Swan, Executive Director, General Qualifications

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 group is chaired by Amanda Spielman, Chair of Ofqual.

The independent members of this group are:

  • Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Pearson Professor and Director of the Oxford Centre for Educational Assessment
  • Professor Robert Coe, School of Education, Durham University
  • Dr Tina Isaacs, Programme Leader, MA in Educational Assessment, Institute of Education
  • Dr Alastair Pollitt, Cambridge Exam Research
  • Professor Gordon Stobart, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Professor Caroline Gipps, former Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
  • Dr Grace Grima, Director of Research, Pearson UK.
  • Alex Scharaschkin, Director of Research, AQA
  • Dr Rebecca Allen, Director, Education Datalab
  • Ian Bauckham, Executive Headteacher, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
  • Tom Bramley, Deputy Director, Research Division, Cambridge Assessment

Vocational advisory group

The vocational advisory group is a committee of the Ofqual Board. It advises Ofqual on the reform of vocational qualifications.

It is made up of members of our board together with independent members with a specific background and expertise in vocational qualifications. The group is chaired by Amanda Spielman, Chair of Ofqual.

The independent members of this group are:

  • Professor Alan Brown, The University of Warwick
  • Norman Gealy, Director, Network Exams Ltd
  • Professor Ewart Keep, deputy director of the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford
  • Mark Protherough, Executive Director, Learning and Professional Development, ICAEW
  • Professor Gordon Stobart, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Professor Lorna Unwin, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Andrew Boyle, Director, AlphaPlus
  • Ann Gravells, Education Consultant
  • Isabel Sutcliffe, Independent Consultant
  • Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment

Board meetings

Previous board papers on the national archives