Colin Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, AQA is a keynote speaker at the 2022 International e-Assessment Conference

Colin Hughes is speaking at the 2022 International e-Assessment Conference

Colin Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, AQA is a keynote speaker at the 2022 International e-Assessment Conference.


Colin joined the independent education charity AQA in June 2020. AQA is the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges in England. It sets the exams for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year by more than one million students. The AQA group includes e-marking provider DRS and Doublestruck, which delivers formative progress tests, and AlphaPlus Consultancy who provide end-to-end Assessment management. AQA is also a partner in Oxford International AQA Examinations, a joint venture with Oxford University Press to deliver its qualifications internationally. 

 Before joining AQA, Colin was Managing Director of Collins Learning (the education and reference division of HarperCollins) for eight years, where he also launched Collins India. He chaired the Education Publishers Council from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this, he founded Learnthings Ltd (the Guardian’s digital learning business) in 2000, and was appointed Managing Director of Guardian Professional in 2006.  Earlier, Colin worked as a journalist for the Press Association and The Times, before moving to the Independent, where he held roles including Policy Editor and Education Editor, and finally Managing and Deputy Editor. 

Separately he chaired Middlesex University for eight years, and is currently Chair of Staffordshire University. He is a former trustee and lifelong Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and a Fellow of the RSA, as well as a member of the advisory board of the Norwich-based poetry magazine, The Rialto 

Colin Hughes’ keynote presentation is Creating Opportunities for Positive Change Through E-assessment which will review how the assessment world has changed since we have weathered a pandemic and seen seismic shocks to the delivery of exams. How can e-assessment really help deliver resilience for the education sector and what are the key challenges we need to address to ensure fair delivery and access for all?