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Ofqual - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Our Senior Management Groups

Executive Board

Our Executive Board provides management leadership to the organisation and addresses issues of strategic importance to the organisation. Our work is broken down into five directorates, each with one strategic leader. The group is led by Glenys Stacey.

Glenys Stacey

Glenys StaceyGlenys is a solicitor by profession, and has been a public sector chief executive for twelve years. She is experienced in both start-up and growth strategies, in working in complex casework environments and in the role of regulation and of strategic regulators.

Glenys joined Ofqual as its Chief Executive in March 2011 and became Chief Regulator in April 2012. Before that she was the Chief Executive of Standards for England, joining them in April 2008. In 2004, she was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Animal Health, the Executive Agency responsible for managing the field response to outbreaks of notifiable animal disease such as Avian Influenza and Foot and Mouth. In that role she worked closely with local authorities in planning for and managing disease outbreaks and day to day animal health work, and led large scale programmes of work to simplify and reform the regulatory environment.

Formerly, she was first Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Magistrates' Courts Committee (800 staff, 3,000 magistrates) delivering summary justice in ten courthouses. The largest provincial Magistrates’ Courts’ Committee, it played a lead role in delivering the Government’s criminal justice policies, dealing with some 800,000 cases annually. Her first chief executive role was establishing the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an NDPB responsible for the review and investigation of suspected miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

David Robson
David Robson

David joined Ofqual in December 2011 as our Director of Corporate and Business Services.

He is responsible for our finance, human resources, information services, procurement, legal, programme management, business planning and facilities functions.

Dennis Opposs

Dennis OppossDennis is our Director of Standards and Research responsible for ensuring that the standards of regulated qualifications are maintained and aligned with international competitors, for keeping under review all aspects of National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage assessment arrangements, and for research.

In his early career, Dennis taught chemistry and other sciences in comprehensive schools in north London and Hertfordshire. Over a number of years, Dennis has held senior roles in the regulation of examinations and qualifications, including for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. While in regulatory organisations in the 1990s, his work included responsibility for GCSE and A level science subjects and the early development of National Curriculum science tests.

Fiona Pethick
Fiona Pethick

Fiona Pethick is Director of Regulation at Ofqual. Her responsibilities include: overseeing our regulatory role in Northern Ireland, developing our regulatory approach and ensuring the regulatory decisions we take are fair, robust and evidence based. Since joining Ofqual she has concentrated on getting the legislation we need to regulate effectively and on designing Ofqual's approach to regulating the sector.

Before joining Ofqual she spent 19 years with Ofwat, the economic regulator for the water industry where she was Director of Corporate Affairs. Fiona's responsibilities included directing the review of water price limits, public relations and policy development.

During the 1980's Fiona was a Statistician in the Department of Employment. She graduated in Economics at Durham University and qualified in statistics at Oxford University.

Adrian Long
Adrian Long

Adrian joined as Director of Policy and Engagement in July 2012.

Adrian leads teams that make sure Ofqual engages effectively with Ministers and senior officials across Government. His teams are responsible for ensuring that Ofqual speaks with a clear, coherent voice, and that we listen to and engage with those who have a stake in the examinations, qualifications and assessments systems.

With over twenty years of high level communications, policy and engagement experience Adrian was most recently Director of Communications at the Environment Agency. He has also been an award-winning news and current affairs producer at the BBC, a Government Special Adviser, and Head of Communications at one of the UK’s leading environmental charities.

Jeremy Benson
Jeremy Benson

Jeremy is Deputy Director of Policy.

Jeremy joined Ofqual in 2010, initially with responsibility for corporate services.  He is now responsible for Ofqual's policy work and relationships with policy Departments.

Before joining Ofqual, Jeremy had worked in the Department for Education and its predecessors for fifteen years. This included six years working on qualifications policy, three years in finance and a secondment to a university.
Tim Leslie
Tim Leslie

Tim joined Ofqual as Director of Risk and Markets in April 2012. He is responsible for positioning Ofqual as a risk-based regulator to support the delivery of our strategic objectives.

Tim has a wide-ranging career in risk, spanning both the public and private sector. Most recently as Director of Regulation at Standards for England he was extensively involved in the implementation of a change programme to improve performance and reposition the organisation as a strategic regulator. Prior to that he worked for Xansa, the Payments Council, and the Financial Services Authority.


Wider Management Group

Our wider management group is the senior team who manage our day to day operations and provide leadership to the organisation. In addition to the strategic executive group the following staff make up the management group.

Cath Jadhav

Cath is Head of Standards and leads our work to secure standards in qualifications and assessments.

Before joining Ofqual, Cath worked for AQA and its predecessor AEB for a number of years, taking on a number of different roles managing existing qualifications, as well as developing new ones. Her most recent post before joining Ofqual involved responsibility for a range of different qualifications in the Business and Social Sciences area. These included GCSE, GCE, Diploma and the Foundation, Higher and Extended Project.

Janet Holloway

Janet is Head of Reform and leads on our work to bring together expertise and evidence to support and deliver the implementation of reform strategies for qualifications and assessments.

Janet taught chemistry and other sciences in comprehensive schools and colleges in England and abroad before joining one of AQA's predecessor organisations, the North West Regional Examinations Board offering CSE examinations. She has had several senior roles managing the development of new qualifications and their delivery to centres. Her most recent post before joining Ofqual involved overarching responsibility for the majority of AQA's qualifications including GCSE, GCE, Diploma, Functional Skills and the AQA Baccalaureate.

Stephen Anwyll

Steve is Head of the National Assessments team and leads our work to regulate assessment arrangements for the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Steve started his career as a primary teacher and then moved into Local Authority work as an advisory teacher, adviser and Ofsted registered inspector with a particular focus on literacy and English. He joined the National Literacy Strategy as a Regional Director when it was established in 1998 and worked with Local Authorities across the country. He became National Director for Literacy in 2001. He returned to Local Authority work as Head of a School Effectiveness Service and then joined QCA in 2006 where he worked on national curriculum reviews, the development of materials to exemplify national standards, teacher assessment and national moderation. Steve joined Ofqual at the start of 2011.

Julie Swan

Julie is our Head of Regulatory Development and leads on our work to provide the regulatory expertise and thinking to support the organisation and to ensure our regulatory approach is rigorous, grounded and defensible.

Her previous roles have included Director of Development with the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education and head of education for the Law Society of England and Wales where she was responsible for the regulation of solicitors' education and training both before and after qualification. Julie is a governor at her local university and an external member of the College of Law’s Academic Board.

Clare Gilligan

Clare is our Head of Entry, Exit and Enforcement and leads on our work to make sure that only those organisations and qualifications which meet the regulatory requirements become or stay regulated. Her previous roles have included Head of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority where she led on the reform of the solicitor's qualification and managed the quality assurance of training and assessment providers.

Clare has also worked at the Legal Services Commission where she developed and implemented a variety of quality standards and quality assurance techniques for the management of legal aid.

Emma Cochrane

Emma is our Head of Markets and leads on our work to develop and implement a framework for evaluating market performance and regulatory approaches to mitigate the risks to standards from awarding organisations’ commercial activities. The markets team is also responsible for the design and implementation of regulatory incentives on awarding organisations to develop and award high quality qualifications that represent value for money.

Emma’s previous roles include Head of Corporate Finance with the water regulator Ofwat, as well as roles with regulated organisations Network Rail and London Electricity. She has experience of developing policy on the funding of large capital investment programmes, as well as dealing with a wide range of economic regulation and commercial issues and regulatory policy issues generally.

Helen Knee

Helen is our Head of Engagement and Communications and leads the delivery of high quality and resilient communications services to the organisation, and on stakeholder management and engagement.

Helen has worked in education for the last sixteen years and is a skilled senior manager with more than 10 years’ experience in corporate communications, strategy, crisis management and change.

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