Kathleen Tattersall

Monday 28 Jan 2013

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Kathleen Tattersall. Kathleen was our first Director General, following the merger of exam boards AEB and NEAB to form AQA in 2000, and is fondly remembered by those who worked with her.

Following a teaching career, Kathleen began her long career in assessment and qualifications. She joined exam board ALSEB as an assistant secretary in 1972, becoming secretary in 1982 and going on to fulfil the same role at NWREB, the JMB and NEAB.

Kathleen was passionate about education and was a strong champion of equality of opportunity, fairness and transparency. Under Kathleen's leadership, AQA was established as the largest of the three English awarding bodies for general qualifications and she successfully steered the organisation through some challenging times in education.

In 2003, Kathleen was awarded the OBE in recognition of her services to education and in 2005 she became the first Chair of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. In 2007, Kathleen was appointed Chair of Ofqual, the newly established regulatory authority for England, and she held this post until the summer of 2010.

Kathleen also served on the Council of the University of Manchester, where she had studied for both her degrees, and as Chair of the Board of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Interested in all aspects of assessment, she was actively involved in international conferences for many years and in November 2012 was appointed President of the Association of Educational Assessment-Europe.

She will be greatly missed by her many friends in the education community.