Ofqual Board Member

Body: Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Education, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: Office based in Coventry. Ofqual is reviewing its long-term position regarding home / office working. Currently staff are working in a hybrid way. Board and Committee meetings will now be held flexibly either using Microsoft Teams or in person where this is beneficial. Strategy days take place up to three times a year and will be in person either in Coventry or in London.
Number of Vacancies: Up to 6
Remuneration: £6,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 20 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/01/2022 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    30th March,1st April, 13th April 2022

  • Announcement

    To be confirmed

Timeline updated with specific interview dates.


Assessment Panel

  • Jenny Oldroyd (sift) / Stuart Miller (interviews)

    Panel Chair

    Qualifications Director, Department for Education (Jobshare) • Departmental Official

    Due to a change in circumstances, Stuart Miller will replace Jenny Oldroyd on the Advisory Assessment Panel for the interviews.

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  • Ian Bauckham

    Interim Chair of Ofqual, CEO and Director of Tenax Schools Trust • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dame Rachel DeSouza

    Children’s Commissioner for England • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Most of us will have memories of taking exams as part of our school career. Qualifications – taken in schools, colleges, training centres or the workplace – play a key role, not just in our education system but in our economy too. They open doors to new opportunities. For employers, they help to inform recruitment and to develop their people. Ofqual’s job, as the independent regulator for qualifications and assessment in England, is to regulate the over 170 organisations that provide those qualifications.

The Ofqual Board is the legal authority responsible for the regulation of qualifications in England. It provides leadership and direction to Ofqual, setting strategic aims, values and standards.

We are recruiting up to six high calibre individuals to join the Ofqual Board. Most importantly, we’re looking for experienced, strategic, pragmatic and collaborative individuals who are comfortable working in a rapidly changing policy environment. Board members need to be able both to see the bigger picture to shape the strategic direction of the organisation; and to provide relevant, insightful challenge and guidance to Ofqual’s executive team.

You will be expected to support Ofqual’s aims and objectives and act as ambassadors for the organisation.


Person Specification

Throughout the application and interview stages, candidates will need to demonstrate how they meet all the following essential criteria:

  • The ability to think strategically and independently, bringing pragmatism and insight to a complex policy environment;
  • The ability to drive forward the work of an organisation at non-executive level, with a successful track record in the public, voluntary or private sectors;
  • A commitment to Ofqual as a regulator and its role in ensuring that qualifications and assessments are rigorous, valid and reliable and that standards and public confidence in qualifications are maintained, ensuring a priority is given to fairness to students;
  • The ability to build effective relationships at senior levels and/or between organisations; and
  • Experience and knowledge which will contribute to the Ofqual board. This may include, but is not restricted to, extensive experience and understanding of: school and/or college leadership; working with government; regulation; leading innovation and use of new technologies; general qualifications and assessment; vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships; risk and assurance.


If we receive a large volume of applications, there will be an initial sift undertaken by officials, using the first criterion:The ability to think strategically and independently, bringing pragmatism and insight to a complex policy environment, only. They will then review all criteria for successful candidates. Those meeting the required standard will then progress to the main sift where the Advisory Assessment Panel be considering the evidence presented against all of the criteria.


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.  We will cover travel and acommodation expenses for meetings held in Coventry.

Appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP.


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