Chief Executive

Chief Executive


Chief Executive

Our client, the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) operates at the heart of an educational environment that rewards learning and standards attainment through the awarding of internationally recognised qualifications, whether learners attend school, college or university, in person or online.   The Chief Executive will achieve CCEA’s aims and objectives by credibly influencing within a complex stakeholder context which has oversight from Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DE). 

While Covid-19 has brought huge challenges to everyone working within Education, CCEA has positively embraced the opportunity for change, continuing to innovate with new approaches to learning and assessment.  This Chief Executive appointment comes at a time to build on this momentum and potential for CCEA to play a leading role in the transformation of education in Northern Ireland.  

CCEA operates in an environment with considerable scrutiny from across the political spectrum, and from educators, learners, parents, media and others.  It is essential CCEA maintains a strong public voice, around what is best for learners in society and will be “front and centre” in building and maintaining societal confidence in CCEA’s work.   The personal characteristics of courage, determination and resilience will be very much to the fore and the ability to create strong buy-in from the range of internal and external stakeholders, while boldly embracing change, will be a critical determinant of success.

You must have at least three recent years’ experience at senior management level or above, gained within a large and complex organisation and hold a Level 6 Qualification.  You will have successfully led a programme of transformation within a similarly complex operating environment and bring a good understanding of corporate governance and, ideally, the nuances associated with working within a regulatory environment

Your inspirational leadership skills and empowering approach to people management will leverage the talent at all levels to create a high performing, confident organisation with a truly distinct identity, culture and purpose. Your credibility will ensure the organisation confidently partners with Department of Education and others to create the vision and pathway for effective delivery and modernisation across Curriculum, Examinations, Assessment and Regulation.  The Chief Executive will ensure this new model incorporates international best practice and, ultimately, enable this region to be one of the world’s best places to learn. 

This Chief Executive appointment, while not without challenge, has the potential to be truly transformative. 

For further information on this exciting opportunity and to receive the information pack, please contact Ciaran Sheehan, Managing Partner, Clarendon Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference number 21076

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a confidential discussion to explore your suitability in advance of applying, please contact Ciaran on +44 28 9072 5750.

Fully completed applications must be received by Monday 1st November 2021.  

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  • Closing Date:
    Monday 1st November 2021
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