Chair - Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

Body: Ofqual
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Education, Regulation
Location: Ofqual's office is based in Coventry however Ofqual staff are currently working from home due to COVID-19. Ofqual is reviewing its long-term position on home/office working. to Longer term, the successful candidate will be required to attend some meetings in Coventry and the role may require national travel
Skills required: Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £55,120 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 days per week (although the successful candidate may need to work additional hours as necessary)


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Ian Bauckham CBE has been appointed as chair of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). He will serve from 1 January 2022 for a period of 3 years.

Remuneration is £55,120 per annum for a time commitment of 2 days per week.

Ian Bauckham has declared the following interests:

CEO and trustee Tenax Schools Trust (company number 07542155)
trustee of Confederation of School Trusts (charity number 1107640)
trustee of Sabre Education (charity number 1105489)
trustee of Association of School and College Leaders (trade union)
He has not declared any political activity.

Ofqual is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. The appointment is made by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 09/12/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    5th and 7th October 2021

  • Announcement


24/08/21 - Advisory Assessment Panel membership updated. 08/09/21 - due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, Jenny Oldroyd (Qualifications Director, Department for Education), will undertake the role of Panel Chair / Departmental Official at the Advisory Assessment Panel sift meeting.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As the independent regulator of general and vocational and technical qualifications, Ofqual is responsible for maintaining standards and public confidence in qualifications. With the term of the current interim Chair due to end this year, we are looking for an exceptional individual to take on this exciting and high-profile national role.

As Chair of Ofqual, you will be responsible for chairing the board which provides strategic leadership of the organisation. You will work closely with the Chief Regulator whilst providing expert guidance and advice to the board, ensuring members are aware of their duties, rights and responsibilities.


Person Specification

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • evidence of working successfully at the most senior level in the public, voluntary or private sector;
  • first-rate strategic thinking capabilities which can be used to steer Ofqual through existing and future challenges;
  • a commitment to ensuring that qualifications and assessments are rigorous, valid and reliable, command the confidence of parents, students and teachers, meet the needs of employers and play their part in economic development and a successful education system;
  • the ability to communicate effectively with, and command the respect and inspire the confidence of, ministers, Parliament, awarding organisations and leaders in the education sector and of the Ofqual executive, as well as of students, parents and the general public; including the ability to represent Ofqual effectively in the media;
  • the ability to skilfully navigate the political landscape, and a good understanding of the government’s educational reform programme, the role of the regulator in implementing the reforms and the particular challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.


The following are desirable criteria:

  • a track record of success in board level financial, commercial and people management;
  • experience at senior leadership level in the education or training sectors, and in particular an understanding of the role that qualifications play in an effective education and skills system.


Additional Information

The Department is focused on equality of opportunity and is committed to ensuring that public appointments better represent the views of the communities which we serve. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented groups, those based outside London and the South-East, along with people who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 16th August 2021, at 11.00pm.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A personal statement giving evidence and examples of your ability to meet the essential criteria, as set out in the ‘Who we’re looking for’ section of the candidate pack. No more than two sides of A4 in Arial font 12.
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity monitoring form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to discuss reasonable adjustments with us, please contact:


Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt
  • we cannot provide feedback at application stage; feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview
  • if a large number of applications is received, your application will be “pre-assessed” before it is passed to the shortlisting Panel for consideration. You should be aware that in this situation, your application might not be considered in full by all the members of the Panel.


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