Government names new head of Ofqual

Sally Collier, chief executive officer of the Crown Commercial Service, has been named as the government’s preferred candidate for chief regulator of Ofqual.

It follows the departure of Glenys Stacey, who led the regulator for five years until stepping down at the end of last month.

Ofqual chair Amanda Spielman has been acting as interim chief regulator during the search for Ms Stacey’s successor. Jeremy Benson, executive director of vocational qualifications, has now assumed the role of accounting officer.

Ms Collier will face questions by the education select committee on Wednesday 16 March. She has more than 20 years of experience in the civil service.

Following the evidence session, the Committee will publish a report of its opinion on the candidate’s suitability for the role.

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