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Our structure and leadership

Our structure and leadership

Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI), is responsible for Ofsted’s inspection and regulation services and reports annually on the quality of education, children's services and skills in England. She has overall responsibility for the organisation, management and staffing of Ofsted. HMCI is the Accounting Officer for Ofsted, and is answerable to Parliament for ensuring that all resources are used properly and provide value for money.

HMCI is supported by an Executive Board.

The non-Executive Board

Ofsted has a non-Executive Board chaired by Zenna Atkins. The non-Executive Board meets four times a year and is responsible for setting the strategic priorities, targets and objectives for Ofsted; it ensures HMCI’s functions are performed efficiently and effectively.

The non-Executive Board has nine members including the Chairman and HMCI, appointed by the Secretary of State for Children, schools and families.

The non-Executive Board meets four times a year and is responsible for:

  • setting the strategic priorities, targets and objectives for Ofsted
  • corporate governance to secure the efficient and effective performance of Ofsted’s functions.

The non-Executive Board is required to encourage improvement, the development of a user focus and the efficient and effective use of resources within the services that Ofsted inspects and regulates.

The non-Executive Board must also have regard to:

  • the need to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children
  • the views and satisfaction of children, parents and employers
  • the need to ensure that Ofsted inspection and regulatory action is proportionate
  • any developments in approaches to inspection or regulatory action
  • best practice amongst persons performing functions comparable to those of the Chief Inspector.

Public meeting of the non-Executive Board - 1 July 2009

The non-Executive Board held a public meeting in central London.

Further information