Ofsted Board Member

Body: Ofsted
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Education, Regulation
Location: Ofsted Board meetings usually take place in London; other events can be held in any of the 8 regions nationally
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4
Remuneration: £8,282 per annum.
Time Requirements: Up to 20 days per year


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

Carole Stott MBE, Hamid Patel CBE, Martin Spencer, Julie Kirkbride and Baroness Laura Wyld have been appointed to serve on the Ofsted board from 1 August 2019.

Martin Spencer and Baroness Laura Wyld will serve terms of 4 years and Carole Stott MBE, Julie Kirkbride and Hamid Patel CBE will serve terms of 3 years. End dates are staggered to ensure continuity of the board.

John Cridland CBE and Venessa Willms OBE have been re-appointed to serve for an additional 3 years from 18 July 2019.

Remuneration for each role is £8,282 per annum for an estimated time commitment of 20 days’ work.

Hamid Patel CBE, Martin Spencer, Julie Kirkbride, Venessa Willms and John Cridland CBE have not declared any political activity.

Carole Stott MBE is a Commissioner on the Labour Party Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning and Baroness Wyld is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Hamid Patel CBE is chief executive of Star Academies Multi Academy Trust and chair of governors at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School.

Martin Spencer holds non-executive board member positions at the Education Skills Funding Agency, Serious Fraud Office, Companies House and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.

Carole Stott MBE is chair of the board of governors at Bath College.

Baroness Laura Wyld is a member of the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee of the House of Lords.

Details of all conflicts of interest are published annually in Ofsted’s annual report and accounts. This includes those declared by Venessa Willms OBE and John Cridland CBE.

Date: 22/07/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    29/04/2017 - 01/05/2019, 07/05/19

  • Announcement

    22/07/2019 at 18:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation, and an organisation committed to putting children and students first.


Ofsted is recruiting up to four individuals to its board. The board agrees Ofsted’s strategic priorities, targets and objectives. Its members provide constructive and supportive advice and challenge to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) on Ofsted’s activities and performance, and monitor Ofsted’s performance and spending.


Successful applicants will be strategic thinkers able to lead and influence at Board level. You will be able to consider issues from a big picture, macro perspective, and to support and challenge the executive in its strategic planning. Practical experience in a relevant sector, and theoretical understanding of the challenges and issues facing Ofsted will be crucial to your ability to contribute across the breadth of Ofsted’s activities.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet all of the essential criteria. These criteria will be explored further with those who are invited to interview.


Essential Criteria

You will have:

  • The ability to think strategically and to contribute to strategic development in different contexts
  • The ability to build effective relationships at high levels and/or between organisations
  • A commitment to Ofsted as an inspectorate and regulator, and its role in improving standards in education, children’s services and skills


You will also have at least one of the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to further education and skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of education, or social care
  • Knowledge and understanding and/or experience of working with faith groups/organisations
  • Senior level expertise in financial management
  • Senior level expertise in communications
  • Strategic understanding of policy and organisational issues related to information technology and knowledge management


Where applicants are early or mid in their career, we will be looking for evidence of potential to perform at a senior level.


Additional Information

We also hope to improve the diversity of the Board, and encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants, particularly women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities and people who are in the early or mid part of their careers.


These appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Education and may be subject to routine security clearance.


Induction will be provided on appointment.


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:




1.         A Covering Letter

2.         A CV

3.         Candidate Application Form

4.         Diversity form

5.         Guaranteed Interview Scheme (if applicable)


Please include the vacancy title in the subject box. If submitting your application by email, please submit your applications documents as separate attachments.

Alternatively, you can send your application via post to:


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Please note applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.


Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt when sending by email and post.

Please note, feedback will not be provided unless applicants are unsuccessful at interview.

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