New SQA Chief Executive Appointed

David Middleton CBE, Chair of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), today (Wednesday, 1 May 2019) announces that, following an open selection process, Fiona Robertson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of SQA, and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer.

Fiona is currently Director of Learning in the Scottish Government, and will start her new role in July.

Fiona brings with her a wealth of experience across government and most recently within education. Over the last six years, as Director of Learning, Fiona has led the work within the Scottish Government on school education. This has included a wide range of issues, from the development and delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, the Scottish Attainment Challenge, to the National Improvement Framework for Education and Education Reform.

David Middleton said, “I am delighted to announce Fiona Robertson as SQA's new Chief Executive. Fiona has had a distinguished career in the Scottish Government, and currently occupies a leading role in overseeing the strategic direction of Scottish education. I believe Fiona will relish the opportunity to lead SQA in making its unique contribution to Scottish life. I look forward to working with her.”

Fiona Robertson said, “I am very pleased to be joining SQA which is so central to the education and training system in Scotland, and it is a great privilege to be its new Chief Executive.”

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said, “My congratulations to Fiona Robertson on her appointment. Fiona is an outstanding public servant and will bring a broad range of experience and credibility in the education sector to the role. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Fiona and the SQA Board, to maintain our excellent qualifications and assessments system.”