Ofqual Non-Executive Director – Assessment & Qualification Design

Body: Ofqual
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Education, Regulation
Location: Board and Committee meetings are usually held in Coventry; advisory and sub-groups are held in Coventry or London
Number of Vacancies: Up to 2
Remuneration: Members are entitled to remuneration at £6,000 per year; remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and may be subject to Class I National Insurance Contributions; it is not pensionable
Time Requirements: This is a 3 year appointment, up to 20 days a year


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

Dr Catherine McClellan has been appointed to serve as a board member for the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The appointment began on 1 June 2020 for a period of 3 years

Remuneration is £6,000 per annum for an estimated time commitment of 20 days.

Dr Catherine McClellan has declared the following conflict of interest: she is the Director of Assessment and Psychometrics Research for the Australian Council for Educational Research. She has not declared any political activity.

Ofqual is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Appointments and reappointments to the Ofqual Board are made by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 06/07/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    From 14th October

  • Outcome communicated to applicants

    End January 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    11th and 12th February 2020

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ofqual wishes to recruit up to two individuals to the board, with strong expertise in assessment and/or qualification design. You will be expected to support Ofqual’s aims and objectives and act as ambassadors for the organisation.

We are looking for independent thinkers who will offer challenge and guidance to Ofqual’s executive to support their decision making. We seek applicants who have significant experience and expertise to bring to Board discussions and are committed to driving forward the work of the organisation.


Person Specification

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

  1. a deep technical understanding of assessment and/or qualification design;
  2. a commitment to Ofqual as a regulator and its role in ensuring that qualifications and assessments are rigorous, valid and reliable and that standards are maintained;
  3. the ability to operate at non-executive level, with a successful track record in the public, private or voluntary sectors;
  4. the ability to provide support and challenge to Ofqual’s executive, particularly on technical assessment issues.

The first criterion will be double weighted at the sifting and interviewing stages.

As well as a cover letter and CV, candidates can, if relevant, provide a list of any publications to be considered as evidence against criteria 1 and 2. We may also carry out a review of any other relevant publications for this purpose. It is not a requirement that candidates will have published in this field.


Additional Information

Induction will be provide on appointment.


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk .

  1. A covering letter;
  2. a CV;
  3. list of publications (if applicable);
  4. candidate Application Form;
  5. diversity form.

Please include the heading “Board Member (Assessment) Ofqual” in the subject box. If submitting your application by email, please submit your application documents as separate attachments.

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Please note, feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


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