Our leadership

We are an independent education charity. Our purpose is to advance education by providing high quality qualifications that help students realise their potential and equip them to succeed in the next stage of their lives.

Our Executive Team

On 9 September 2019, Mark Bedlow was appointed Interim CEO of AQA.

Colin Hughes joined AQA as CEO designate on 1 June 2020 and will formally take up the role of CEO from 1 September. Mark will lead AQA through summer 2020 and then return to his role of Director of Delivery.

A new post of Interim Deputy CEO was created in September 2019 for this transition period. Roddy Gillespie was appointed to the role and he will continue combining it with that of Director of Qualifications and Markets until 31 August 2020.

Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for our overall strategy, policy, educational initiatives and development, and for steering AQA to fulfil its educational and charitable objectives. Trustees are drawn from various educational and business bodies to ensure a balance of skills and experience and serve for no more than three terms of three years.

Justin van Wijngaarden (Chair)

Justin van Wijngaarden (Chair)

Justin van Wijngaarden (Chair)

Philippa Hird (Vice-Chair)

Philippa Hird (Vice-Chair)

Philippa Hird (Vice-Chair)