Richard Spencer joined Open Awards in February 2018 as our Head of Quality and Standards.
Richard has twenty years’ experience in the education and skills sector in a variety of contexts, and has worked for regulated Awarding Organisations/Access Validating Agencies since 2012.
He was part of the management team for AptEd (formerly OCNSWR) in the role of Director of Compliance for five years. He reformed quality assurance policies, procedures, processes and systems to meet the regulatory requirements of Ofqual and QAA. Richard managed teams of quality assurance and qualifications developers and led the organisation to full compliance. AptEd was acquired by Ascentis in 2015.
Richard has an MA in Research Methodology. He is passionate about the possibilities of changing lives through learning and making sure that the highest quality standards are maintained. He previously worked for UCAS and the Learning and Skills Council. Richard joins us from the British Computer Society where he has been working as a product manager for the last 18 months.
Richard is a lifelong Manchester City supporter and says he is relocating from Cheltenham to be closer to all the trophies!
Richard is keen to streamline and simplify processes and will be working with the rest of the quality team to improve the support available to approved centres.