Qualifications Wales Board

The main purpose of our Board is to ensure that Qualifications Wales meets the requirements of its Principal Aims as set out in the Qualifications Wales Act 2015 and the principles of good regulation.

Roles and Responsibilities:  

In undertaking this role, the Board:

  • sets strategic direction and provides effective leadership
  • monitors performance to ensure the delivery of its aims, objectives and targets, as set out in its business plan  

The Structure:  

The board comprises the Chair, the Chief Executive, and between eight and ten ordinary Board members that will be appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. 

Ann Evans

Ann Evans, Chair, Qualifications Wales Board

Ann Evans has been an independent education consultant since 2012, following four years as the Chief Executive of Careers Wales Mid Glamorgan and Powys. Her earlier positions include Assistant Chief Executive of ACCAC (Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales), a school Science teacher and a lecturer and manager in Further Education.

Philip Blaker

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive

Philip became Chief Executive in August 2015, after joining the organisation on an interim basis in October 2014. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations at UCAS, where he was accountable for the day-to-day delivery of UCAS’ admissions services, including the processing of applications, collection of course data and verification services. He joined UCAS in November 2011, having previously worked with them as a management consultant. Philip’s career has been focused on the delivery of large-scale complex operations, and, before becoming a consultant with PwC, he had a background in the delivery of national assessments and examinations. Philip was Director of Test Operations with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and part of the senior management team with examinations board AQA. Philip has postgraduate qualifications in business management and is a qualified project and programme manager.

Angela Maguire-Lewis

Angela Maguire-Lewis, Board member

Angela Maguire-Lewis is a highly experienced senior manager and has worked in Work Based Learning for 20 years, currently working as a freelance educational consultant supporting companies on both operational and quality strategies. In her previous role as Operations Manager with Babcock International Group, she managed work based learning contracts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Angela has in-depth experience and knowledge of the design, delivery and evaluation of apprenticeship, employability and alternative curriculum programmes. She has represented Work Based Learning providers in her former role as Board Member of NTFW and as a member of external stakeholder meetings for post 16 education and skills in Wales

Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan, Board member

Claire Morgan is currently the Associate Dean of Quality and Standards at Cardiff University. Prior to this role, Claire was a senior lecturer in Economics, with 20 years’ experience in higher education, with a specific interest in assessment policy and practice. Claire has also been appointed to work for the Quality Assurance Agency as an academic Higher Education Reviewer. Committed to the enhancement of the student experience, Claire is a member of numerous Boards and working groups within Cardiff University.

In August 2015, Claire started a new role within Cardiff Metropolitan University as Dean for Learning and Teaching.

Isabel Nisbet

Isabel Nisbet, Board member

Isabel Nisbet has had a career in public service and regulation, particularly education and educational assessment. She is a Scot and attended school and university in Glasgow, followed by postgraduate studies at Oxford. She held a range of civil service posts in Scotland and England, and in the 1990s moved to senior executive roles in the regulation of doctors and medical education. In 2005 she was appointed Director of Regulation and Standards at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and she subsequently became the first CEO of Ofqual, the regulator of examinations and qualifications in England. From 2011 to 2014, she worked in South East Asia on behalf of Cambridge International Examinations. Isabel is now an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and serves on several Boards and Committees.

Dr Caroline Burt

Dr Caroline Burt, Board member

Dr Caroline Burt is the admissions tutor and director of studies in history at Cambridge University. Caroline’s career history includes tax analyst at Arthur Andersen Accountants on the company’s Gap Year Scholarship Programme. Caroline is a member of several committees within Cambridge University. Caroline has won many awards and prizes throughout her career and will shortly be taking a sabbatical to write a book on medieval history.

Ellen Donovan

Ellen Donovan, Board member

Ellen Donovan is an experienced Management Board Director, with over 25 years Business experience in the Private Sector. Her previous roles include Trading Director where she was responsible for the development of Brands, Products and Services within Debenhams PLC, and Operations Director where she led a workforce of over 5,000 staff.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths

Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Board member

Robert Lloyd Griffiths is currently the Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD) for Wales, a post he has held since 2009 following earlier career roles in advertising, Public Relations, marketing and communications. He is a member of both The First Minister’s Council for Economic Renewal and The Secretary of State for Wales’ Business advisory Group and has also chaired/been a member of a number of Welsh Government review bodies and task and finish groups.

Rheon Tomos

Rheon Tomos, Board member

Rheon Tomos is a CPFA qualified accountant and is currently a partner of TDE-Associates where he provides specialist support on Corporate Governance. He has been involved in the administration of public sector services over many years including periods with the Audit Commission and Deloitte & Touche.

Alun Llwyd

Alun Llwyd, Board member

Alun Llwyd is currently the Head teacher of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen in Gwynedd and is also a member of the National Leadership Development Board (NLDB) which focuses on supporting the Welsh Government’s school improvement agenda and the Education and Skills Ministerial Advisory Group. Alun is also an Estyn Inspector and was previously seconded to work in Cynnal (the education support service in North West Wales).

David Jones

David Jones, Board member

David Jones began his career as Head of Technology at Cardiff based Aspro Travel Group and went on to set up several technology companies including Travelink Systems Limited, Tigerbay Software Limited and also Westgate Cyber Security, where he is currently the Director. He was appointed to the Welsh Government’s ICT Sector Panel in 2011 providing advice to Welsh Ministers about digital industries in Wales. He also worked as a Strategic Digital Consultant to the Welsh Government in 2015.

Dr Arun Midha

Dr Arun Midha, Board member

Dr Arun Midha began his career with Lloyds Bank on its graduate entrant scheme, before working as a Commerce and Industry Advisor at the Health Promotion Authority for Wales between 1990 and 1994. Arun’s most recent executive role was at Cardiff University where he was the Director of Strategy and Resources in the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education.

He has built up a portfolio of non-executive and lay member roles in the fields of regulation, standards, governance and education. He was until recently, a lay member on the General Medical Council, an independent member of the Welsh Health and Social Services Ministerial National Advisory Board and a board member of the Welsh Language Board. Arun is currently the chair of retrospective continuing healthcare reviews in Wales, a case examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; lay member of the professional conduct committee, Bar Standard Board, lay member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.


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