Preferred candidate for new chief regulator unveiled

The preferred candidate to take over as Ofqual’s chief regulator has been revealed.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan confirmed, in a letter published today to education select committee chair Neil Carmichael, that Sally Collier was first choice for the role.

Ms Collier, who has spent 20 years’ experience in the civil service, will replace Glenys Stacey who had the top job for five years and stepped down at the end of last month.

Ms Morgan said of Ms Collier: “She has held numerous senior positions, including her current role as CEO of the Crown Commercial Service, a Cabinet Office Executive Agency and Trading Fund.

“Sally has significant experience in the complex environment of public procurement and in leading and managing large teams through periods of significant change.

“She is experienced in building deep and productive relationships in the public and private sectors.”

Civil Service World also said she “was deeply involved in negotiating changes to the EU rules governing public procurement”.

The select committee will hold a “pre-appointment hearing” with Ms Collier next Wednesday morning, after which MPs will publish a report on their opinion of Ms Collier’s suitability for the role.

Amanda Spielman is currently acting as interim chief regulator.

You can read Ms Stacey’s last interview before she left Ofqual here.

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