Executive structure

The Board delegates to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair, the discharge of all statutory functions other than the following:

  • any matter reserved to the Board;
  • any matter delegated to a committee or sub-committee of the Board.

To support the Chief Executive in delivering these functions, our management structure consists of a number of groups that oversee the organisation's strategic and operational activities.

The Executive team

The Executive works in partnership with the Board when developing strategy for Qualifications Wales. The Executive is accountable for the day-to-day activities of the organisation and provides corporate leadership. It fulfils many of its management responsibilities through the Management Board, which has extended membership.

The Executive consists of the Chief Executive and the Executive Directors for:

  • Regulation
  • Finance and Corporate Services

Management Board

Our Management Board provides direction on operational activity and corporate matters, and is our principal decision-making forum. The core membership of the Management Board is made up of the Executive team and the Associate Directors for General and Vocational Qualifications. Management Board is supported by the Head of Corporate Governance, Head of Communications and Head of Finance. Other members of the Senior Leadership Group and wider staff team will attend as necessary, depending on the topics being discussed.

Our Reform Board and Regulation Board have been set up to oversee specific aspects of work on behalf of Management Board.

Reform Board

Management Board has delegated its responsibility for the management of the review and reform of qualifications to the Reform Board.

 The purpose of the Reform Board is to: 

  • manage the delivery of its reform activities;
  • receive and respond to all relevant reporting on the review and reform activities and intelligence (including research);
  • identify and manage any cross-cutting issues, working with Regulation Board where appropriate to make sure business is considered in the relevant forum, and to ensure that they are brought to the attention of Management Board where relevant;
  • assure itself that the operational plan and business plan delivery is being managed appropriately in relation to review and reform activity.

Regulation Board 

Management Board has delegated its responsibility for the management of the operational regulation of qualifications to the Regulation Board. 

The purpose of the Regulation Board is to: 

  • oversee the setting and maintaining of standards contributing to positive levels of public confidence;
  • oversee the approval and implementation of regulatory polices (other than those reserved for QW Board or that are novel or contentious);
  • manage the organisation’s delivery of its regulatory activities;
  • oversee the implementation of delegated regulatory policy and the regulatory outcomes;
  • assure itself that the operational plan and business plan delivery is being managed appropriately in relation to regulatory activity;
  • identify and manage any cross-cutting issues working with the Reform Board where appropriate to make sure business is considered in the relevant forum and, to ensure that they are brought to the attention of Management Board, where relevant.

Senior Leadership Group

Our Senior Leadership group brings together all of the heads of teams from across Qualifications Wales. Its primary role is to ensure that there is a strong cohesion across the various functions, and effective communication throughout the organisation. The Senior Leadership group is also responsible for the operational reporting of the business plan which is scrutinised by Management Board and then Board.

The Senior Leadership group are guardians of our values, and group members work together to take responsibility for specific cross-functional activities and projects. Working in partnership with the Executive team, the Senior Leadership Group provides strong leadership throughout the organisation.