Exam board and education charity AQA has appointed Professor Toby Salt as its new Chief Executive – taking over from Andrew Hall, who is retiring in August.
Toby will join AQA from Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), where he has been Chief Executive since 2012. During this period he has overseen strong performance in student attainment and progress across the Trust's 31 academies, with record results achieved in last year's GCSE and A-level results.
He has more than 30 years’ experience in the education sector, and has held roles including Head of outstanding-rated schools and Deputy Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership, where he led the teams for school-based programmes including teaching schools and National Leaders in Education.
Paul Layzell, Chair of AQA’s Council of trustees, said: “From his early days as a teacher in a comprehensive school to his current role overseeing more than 30 academies, Toby has shown a tireless commitment to ensuring that every young person realises their full potential. As AQA shares this mission, Toby is the perfect choice to lead our organisation into the future. I know he’ll provide strong leadership rooted in a deep understanding of the education world, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to AQA in the summer.”
Professor Salt said: “I am honoured to be joining AQA, especially at such a critical time for education with the major qualification reforms coming in this year. I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues and working with them to further AQA’s charitable mission to advance education. But it will be a real wrench to leave OAT. It is a great team, across all our academies, and I am very proud of what we have achieved. I would like to put on record my gratitude for all the fantastic support I have received from across the trust, from classroom teachers and principals to the executive team, the Board and our Chair Paul Hann, and Peter and Diana Murray, whose support and commitment has been unwavering."
Toby will join AQA on 3 July as CEO Designate for an initial transition period with Andrew Hall, who will retire at the end of August.
Andrew Hall joined AQA in 2010 and has led the organisation through a period of significant qualifications reform, maintaining AQA's position as the market leader for GCSEs and A-levels in England.