Former journalist and Careers and Enterprise Company adviser Roger Taylor will replace Amanda Spielman as the chair of the exams regulator Ofqual, it has been announced.
Justine Greening, the education secretary, has appointed Taylor to replace Spielman in January, when she will become the chief inspector of Ofsted.
Taylor, already a member of the Ofqual board, currently works as a consultant for the Careers and Enterprise Company.
He is the founder of the health information company Dr Foster and has advised the Care Quality Commission. He worked for the Financial Times from 1995 to 2000.
Taylor has sat on the advisory board of HM Inspectorate of Probation and the Nuffield Health board quality and safety committee.
Greening said she was “confident” that Taylor and chief regulator Sally Collier would “make a strong team”.
According to the initial job advert, Taylor will be paid £43,400 a year for about two days a week. The appointment is for an initial three-year term with a maximum ten in the role.
The exams regulator said it would only accept applications of “the highest calibre” and that the new chair would be responsible for representing the organisation in parliament and encouraging “high standards of propriety”.
During her tenure as chair Spielman presided over significant challenges for the organisation, including the GCSE fiasco of 2012 in which English grades were unexpectedly lowered by the regulator.
She also served as its interim chief regulator in March after Glenys Stacey stood down from the role.