Academy trust CEOs among Ofqual board appointments

The exams regulator has appointed five new board members, including two multi academy trust chief executives.

Ian Bauckham, a chief executive officer of Tenax Schools Trust and an adviser to the government on sex education, will join the Ofqual board on March 1, while Dr Jo Saxton, the chief executive of Turner Schools, also in Kent, will take up a place on April 1.

Also joining in April are Major-General Rob Nitsch, the personnel director for the British army and a member of the army board, Delroy Beverley, a former chairman of the International Advisory Board at Bradford University School of Management and Lesley Davies, principal of Trafford College in Greater Manchester.

Bauckham is a former president of the Association of School and College Leaders, and has sat on Ofqual’s standards advisory group since 2015.

Before founding Turner Schools, Saxton served as chief executive of Future Academies, a trust founded by the former academies minister Lord Nash.

She is also a trustee of the Brilliant Club, a charity that works to improve access to top universities by disadvantaged pupils.

They replace existing board members Anne Heal, Barnaby Lenon, Tom Taylor, and Terri Scott, who have come to the end of their terms of office.

Roger Taylor, Ofqual’s chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Delroy, Ian, Jo, Lesley and Robert to the Ofqual Board.

“The diversity of their experience and combined knowledge will greatly benefit Ofqual in its important work in ensuring qualifications in England are of the highest standard.

“I would also like to publicly thank Anne, Barnaby, Terri and Tom for their valuable contributions to Ofqual’s Board over many years ahead of their departure in March.”

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