Chief Regulator, The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Body: Ofqual
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: West Midlands
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Up to £135,000
Time Requirements: Full time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/03/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    27 April and 29 April 2021

  • Announcement

    To be confirmed

Please note that the deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on 16th March. Interviews will be held virtually. Please ensure you bear the interview dates in mind when planning other commitments - we may not have any flexibility on these.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As Chief Regulator / Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ofqual, you will be responsible for delivering on Ofqual’s statutory duties – including to maintain standards and promote confidence in qualifications and assessments – taking account of the extraordinary circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead Ofqual in acting as the independent regulator of qualifications and assessments in England
  • Represent Ofqual to the public, ministers, Parliament and media
  • Lead public debate in relation to the maintenance of both standards and confidence in examinations, qualifications and assessments
  • Ensure that qualification reform programmes are delivered successfully, working closely with government and awarding organisations
  • Be responsible for the overall leadership, management, organisation and staffing of Ofqual, building capacity and capability to respond to the particular challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic and restoring confidence in the organisation
  • Be responsible for financial and other practices and procedures including conduct and discipline
  • Promote the values underpinning Ofqual, through personal leadership and example
  • Coordinate and implement policies and actions determined by the Board.


Person Specification

We recommend that applicants familiarise themselves with the role of the Chief Regulator set out in Part 7of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 ( and Part 4 of the Education Act 2011 and with the work of Ofqual.

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

  • proven track record of operating successfully in a senior leadership role, including the delivery of major projects – demonstrating the ability to play a key role in the leadership of the English education system and to provide strong and inspirational leadership to Ofqual and to the qualifications and wider education sector through a challenging period
  • a commitment to ensuring that qualifications and assessments are rigorous, valid and reliable
  • 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 board and staff, 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
  • demonstrated ability to understand and process statistical information and academic research at speed
  • the resilience and confidence to make difficult decisions under pressure, in conjunction with the Ofqual Board.


The following are desirable criteria:

  • experience in the secondary or further education sector, and in particular an understanding of the role that qualifications play in an effective education and skills system and how they are developed and awarded; and/or
  • experience of working in a regulatory role.


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.

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