Merlin Advisory Board

Established in July 2011, the role of the Merlin Advisory Board (MAB) is to provide assurance that the core elements of the Merlin Standard, including assessment, accreditation, monitoring and arbitration are delivered and developed.

To ensure the continued success of the Merlin Standard, the Department for Work and Pensions is undertaking a refresh of the Standard to keep it up to date. To make sure the refresh is effective, the Department is consulting with stakeholders including DWP colleagues, Other Government Departments and Commissioners, accredited organisations and accreditation bodies and is keen to receive a range of responses.

The consultation is currently underway and is due to close on the 5th April 2017 and will be discussed in a Merlin Advisory Board meeting in April.

If you wish to contribute to the consultation there are links to an introductory slide deck, a draft revised Standard and a pro-forma to capture your views and comments below:


Please direct any queries about the consultation and you responses to:


The refresh will not affect any Merlin assessments currently underway or due to complete this year.

Board Members

Polly FortuneDWP CD (Chair)
Andrew FriedmanDWP CD
Paul BridleAssessment Services Ltd
Ruth ReganAssessment Services Ltd
Louise Capel-CureIngeus
Steve SwanTomorrow's People
Paul WinyardNCVO
Jon MorganDWP PAT
Rhys TooneBASE
Terry DavisBradford Council
Sam WindettERSA
Seonaid O'GormanDWP CD
Susann HeringDCMS
Mark WinterACEVO
Nick DaviesNCVO
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