Ofqual Board Member

Body: Ofqual
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education, Regulation
Location: Coventry
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: £6,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 20 days per year.


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

Hywel Jones, Christine Ryan, Frances Wadsworth and David Wakefield joined the Ofqual board of the independent exams regulator on 1 April 2017, and will be in post for 3 years.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/12/2016 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description


Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its primary responsibilities are to maintain standards in regulated qualifications and assessments.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Ofqual Board

The Ofqual Board is the legal authority responsible for the regulation of qualifications and assessments.

The Board provides leadership and direction, setting strategic aims, values and standards. It consists of the Chair, between 7 and 12 ordinary members and the Chief Regulator (Chief Executive). Day to day responsibilities are delegated to the Chief Regulator.

The Board has four committees, two of which meet regularly, and two advisory groups:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Reform Committee (convened as necessary)
  • Enforcement Committee (convened as necessary)
  • Standards Advisory Group
  • Vocational Advisory Group

Other board sub-groups are established as required. Each committee is chaired by a Board member.

Person Specification

The Secretary of State is seeking applications from high calibre individuals for appointment to the Ofqual Board.

To help you decide if you wish to be considered for these posts, we have listed below the criteria that will be applied when assessing applications. Applicants will need to demonstrate in their written applications instances where their experience matches the essential criteria detailed below and it will be an advantage to demonstrate evidence of experience that matches the desirable criteria.

Essential Criteria

  • The ability to think strategically and to contribute to strategic development in different contexts;
  • High level management and/or board experience in the public, voluntary or private sectors;
  • The ability to build effective relationships at high levels and/or between organisations.


Desirable Criteria

Roles Specific:

Some but not all of the posts specifically require the following criteria; demonstrating experience in these areas will be a particular advantage:

  • Experience of the education sector, particularly further and secondary education;
  • Senior level practical or academic experience of measuring vocational qualification outcomes;
  • A background in, or experience of working in, the commercial sector, and delivering value for money


  • An understanding of the regulatory framework within which Ofqual operates.

Successful candidates are expected to support Ofqual’s aims and objectives and act as ambassadors for the organisation.

Additional Information

As the independent regulator of general and vocational qualifications, Ofqual’s main job is to maintain standards of qualifications, in terms of their content, their level of demand and also the processes by which they are administered and marked. It is implementing the current extensive programme of reforms to general and vocational qualifications which will raise standards to compete with the best performing education systems in the world. Alongside these core responsibilities, Ofqual also has obligations to promote public awareness of, and confidence in, regulated qualifications.

Initial appointment will be for 3 years, subject to performance.

How to Apply

Please submit your application to recruitment.OFQUAL@education.gov.uk or by post to:


Felicity Little

Department for Education

Great Smith Street





The application should consist of:

  • A full CV;
  • A personal statement demonstrating how you meet the key requirements for the role. Your personal statement should be no more than three pages long. Please also include details two referees. (Note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent);
  • Completed equal opportunities monitoring form and forms relating to declaration of interests, convictions and political activity. These forms can be found on the Public Appointments website (for completion electronically) and in Annex 2 and 3 of the Applicant Pack
Declaration of interests Form
Ofqual Board Recruitment Pack Final 27.09.16
Public Appointment Diversity Monitoring Form
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