Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at Ofsted.


The Ofsted board is responsible for:

  • setting the strategic priorities, targets and objectives for Ofsted
  • ensuring that the work of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) is carried out efficiently and effectively, and that it encourages improvement and the development of a focus on those using services that Ofsted inspects and regulates
  • setting Ofsted’s strategic priorities and overseeing its corporate governance


Members of the Ofsted board are:

  • Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector
  • Christine Ryan, Chair
  • John Cridland CBE
  • Venessa Willms OBE
  • Pamela Scriven QC
  • Carole Stott
  • Martin Spencer
  • Julie Kirkbride
  • Hamid Patel
  • Baroness Laura Wyld

Ofsted board meetings

The Ofsted board meets between 4 and 6 times a year.

View Ofsted board papers and minutes and Audit Committee minutes.

Ofsted corporate governance framework

The framework has further information about the board, its chair and committees, which include the Chair’s Committee and the Audit Committee.