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 (PDF, 1.24MB, 58 pages), first adopted on 1 April 2010 and last revised in November 2019.

Board members

Members of the board are:

  • Roger Taylor, Chair
  • Sally Collier, Chief Regulator
  • Mike Cresswell, former Chief Executive of the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
  • Hywel Jones, Deputy Director of Education, Astrea Academies
  • Dame Christine Ryan, former Chief Inspector and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Frances Wadsworth, Deputy FE Commissioner
  • Ian Bauckham CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Tenax Schools Trust
  • Delroy Beverley CCMI, Managing Director, York Teaching Hospital NHS Partnership and Chairman of North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Region of Chartered Management Institute
  • Lesley Davies OBE, Principal at Trafford College, Chair of the UK Skills Partnership Group and Chair of the Trafford Youth Trust
  • Mike Thompson, former Director of Early Careers at Barclays Bank
  • Susan Barratt, former audit Partner at Deloitte
  • Matt Tee, Former Chief Executive of the Independent Press Standards Organisation


The executive directors are:

  • Dr Michelle Meadows, Executive Director, Strategy, Risk and Research
  • Phil Beach, Executive Director, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
  • Sean Pearce, 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, 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
  • Alastair Pollitt, Director Cambridge Exam Research
  • 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
  • Tom Bramley, Director, Research Division, Cambridge Assessment
  • Norman Gealy, Consultant in Assessment, former Chair and current Vice Chair of the Assessment Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Prue Huddleston, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick
  • Isabel Sutcliffe, Independent Consultant and formerly Pearson’s International Standards and Quality Director

Board meetings

Previous board papers on the national archives