Colin Hughes - SAAS
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Colin Hughes

Chief Executive Officer - AQA

In June 2020 Colin joined AQA, the independent education charity and largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges in England. AQA includes Doublestruck, which delivers formative progress tests, and is 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 trustee of the Aldeburgh Cinema Board and a member of the advisory board of the Norwich-based poetry magazine, The Rialto.