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 (July 2017) (PDF, 555KB, 57 pages) , adopted on 1 April 2010.

Board members

Members of the board are:

  • Roger Taylor, Chair
  • Sally Collier, Chief Regulator
  • Anne Heal, Chair, Thames Water Customer Challenge Group; Chair, Volunteering Matters; Lay member, General Dental Council; Trustee, National Council for Voluntary Organisations; Trustee, Ballet Boyz; Board member, Office of Rail and Road; Board member, ELEXON
  • Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council
  • Mike Cresswell, former Chief Executive of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
  • Tom Taylor, Chair, Consumer Council for Water Wales and non-executive board member, Northern Ireland Government - Department of Finance
  • Professor Terri Scott, Principal and CEO of Northern Regional College in Northern Ireland (NRC)
  • Hywel Jones, Primary Director, Inspiration Trust
  • Christine Ryan, Chief Inspector and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Frances Wadsworth, Principal and Chief Executive of Croydon College
  • David Wakefield, Chair of Leverhulme Academy Trust in Bolton


The executive directors are:

  • Michelle Meadows, Executive Director, Strategy, Risk and Research
  • Phil Beach, Executive Director, Vocational and Technical 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 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

Board meetings

Previous board papers on the national archives