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Our board

Our board is responsible for directing and supervising our organisation. Its members are leaders in education, training and business.

Our board members are non-executive directors who are independent of our day-to-day running. They are appointed by the secretary of state for children, schools and families. Our Chairman, Christopher Trinick DL, chairs our board.

Our board's main jobs are to:

  • advise on and approve the strategic direction of the business
  • agree the annual operating plan that the executive team and senior management team propose
  • monitor the performance of the executive team and senior management
  • give feedback and advice to the executive team
  • approve policy advice to be submitted to ministers
  • make sure that all legal and financial matters are managed appropriately.

Conditions of appointment

Time commitment
We usually appoint board members for an initial period of three years and membership is part-time (up to 15 days per year). The board meets about seven times per year with additional meetings for the board standing committees.

Membership is unpaid, but we cover travelling and subsistence expenses. We also compensate members' employers with a modest fee to cover when they are away on QCDA business.

Code of practice
Board members are expected to follow our Code of practice.

Board standing committees

There are four board standing committees (audit, remuneration, nominations and risk) that help the board ensure that they fulfill their responsibilities.

Audit committee
The audit committee helps the board meet its responsibilities regarding financial reporting, internal control, risk management and audit. The committee reports formally to the board five times a year.

Remuneration committee
The remuneration committee is responsible for setting the remuneration policy for the chief executive and senior management team. The committee meets three times a year, with additional meetings if needed.

Nominations committee
The nominations committee reviews the structure and size of the board. They meet when needed.

Risk committee
The risk committee oversees QCDA's risk management strategies and reviews its programmes of work to ensure that risks are managed effectively. It meets five times a year and reports to the board.

Last modified: 04 Mar 2011