The head of an academy chain that sponsors six schools in Northampton has been named as one of the contenders to become the new chairman of Ofsted.
David Ross, who co-founded Carphone Warehouse and has set up the David Ross Education Trust, is believed to be one of a small group of people in the running to replaced by Baroness Sally Morgan, whose contract has not been extended by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The Department for Education said the recruitment process was on-going and it was an independent panel that decided who was shortlisted and interviewed.
A spokesman said: “As with all public appointments, the appointment process is being conducted in accordance with the requirements set by the commissioner for public appointments and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Office public appointments unit.
“An independent panel decides who is long-listed, shortlisted and interviewed. After this process is complete, they recommend to ministers a list of appointable candidates.”
If Mr Ross was appointed as the chairman of Ofsted it is unclear whether he would be able to continue in his role as head of his education trust, which sponsors a total of 25 schools in the Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire area.
The David Ross Education Trust is also set to open the Malcolm Arnold Prep School in September and is hoping to sponsor a new secondary school on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in Barrack Road.
A spokesman for Mr Ross said he was not able to comment on the speculation at this time.