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Assessment Committee

The Assessment Committee (Committee) is a sub-committee of the Accreditation and Standards Committee.

The Committee is ultimately responsible for the overall quality assurance of the Institute of Directors' (IoD) examinations and assessments and their supporting processes and ensures that standards are maintained and candidates receive reliable, fair, valid and transparent results.

Dr Mick Walker – Chairman

Throughout his career, Mick has been closely associated with the assessment system holding the posts of chief examiner, senior moderator and external university examiner.

A former acting Director of QCA and Executive Director of Education at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA).

Mick is Vice-Chair of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), Chair of the Evidence Based Education (EBE) Advisory Board, has advised the DfE Educational Technology and Data Policy Teams. and is a lay member of both the Health Research Authority Ethics Committee and the University of Leeds Business, Environment and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.


Angela Hopkins

Angela is Head of Assessment Services at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). She co-leads a team of over 30 assessment specialists and oversees a range of high profile assessment projects, including England’s National Reference Test, the Reception Baseline assessment and several assessment projects for international state and regional governments. She has led capacity building projects in low and middle income countries which have involved conceptualisation and development of new assessments supporting a sustainable impact.

Before joining NFER, Angela worked for England’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) for several years.


Heather Vennis

Heather has worked with a variety of professional and awarding bodies, as a senior manager and more recently as a consultant. Her background includes time working on qualifications and product development, leading and managing assessment and quality assurance teams as well as policy and regulatory work. Heather has both UK and international experience.

More recently Heather has taken on advisory roles, is Chair of a large awarding organisation and supported organisation on Ofqual readiness reviews, strategy and malpractice investigations. She is interested in government policy on qualification reform and how that affects young people and adult learning.


Lucy Courtenay

Lucy is an experienced qualifications’ professional. She led qualifications teams at several professional bodies in financial services. She conducted the exam review at the financial services regulator and successfully achieved and maintained Ofqual accreditation at two awarding bodies.

In her most recent role at CFA Institute, Lucy was responsible for regulator recognition of qualifications across the EMEA region.

Lucy is now working as an independent assessment consultant.


Dr Michelle Meadows

Michelle is Deputy Chief Regulator and Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Research at Ofqual. She is responsible for: the development and implementation of Ofqual’s regulatory strategy; strategic and operational research evaluating the validity of qualifications, including research into the maintenance of standards over time, moderation, marking, malpractice and assessment design; the use of research and data to inform Ofqual and government educational assessment policy; and data collection and analysis, including National and Official Statistics, interactive apps, and metrics of quality such as in the marking of GCSEs and A levels.

From September 2021, Michelle will become an Associate Professor in Educational Assessment at the Department for Education, Oxford University.


Graham Hudson

Graham is a distinguished UK-based assessment consultant who has worked extensively for national examination boards and government agencies on managing and modernising examination systems. His career covers many milestones in educational and assessment reforms in the UK, including the introduction of GCSE examinations, national curriculum reforms and re-structuring A‑levels.

Latterly he has specialised in supporting business development for organisations and enabling the transition from paper-based assessment to digital delivery for many national and professional organisations. He has travelled extensively to promote and implement e-assessment solutions.