Our Board of Directors
Mr Mark Bedlow
Mark was appointed Chief Delivery Officer and Responsible Officer at OCR, one of our member Awarding Bodies, in September 2015. He has responsibility for the delivery of all assessments, ensuring the maintenance of standards and quality, combined with effective and efficient operational delivery. In addition, Mark ensures OCR’s risks are managed and that the organisation is compliant with regulations.
Mark joined OCR in March 2013 in the newly-created post of Risk and Compliance Director.
Following his training as a chartered accountant, Mark worked for PwC for 19 years in a range of roles. In 1998, Mark moved to the Cambridge practice from London and led the audits of a wide range of organisations in and around Cambridge before taking on responsibility for PwC’s Risk Assurance business across East Anglia with wider responsibilities for people and finance across the SE region.
In 2005, Mark led the PwC team that assisted Imperial College, London, to float its technology spin-out business, Imperial Innovations, on the London Stock Exchange, as well as a local Cambridge technology company.
Through extensive work with the travel industry, Mark has worked with the industry’s regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, to develop guidelines on regulatory reporting by accountants.
Over the last three years, Mark has also worked with Cambridge University Press, the Cambridge Assessment Group in general, as well as the University itself on various aspects of IT risk.
Dr Janet Brown
Dr Brown is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), one of our member Awarding Bodies.
Mr Patrick Craven
Mr Craven is Director of Policy and Quality at City & Guilds, one of our member Awarding Bodies.
Patrick has over 25 years experience in the field of educational technology. From the design of educational resources with the Microelectronics Support Unit, National Council for Educational Technology and BECTa to running of post-sales technology support departments for KRCS (Apple Computer reseller), his career has always addressed the fusion of education and new technologies.
For the last 15 years this work has focussed on the specific field of learning and assessment technology research and development for the RSA Examinations Board, OCR Examinations, Cambridge Assessment Group and now he leads on Product Research and Design for City & Guilds. This role considers the growing impact of Policy and new technologies on the learning and assessment industry. It also identifies initiatives to enable City & Guilds to develop and extend the range and quality of learning and assessment products and services they offer.
Throughout this period he has remained committed to the notion of ‘fit for purpose’ assessment based on evidence-based research. Patrick currently sits on the Board of the e-Assessment Association and the UK eAssessment Advisory Group and is a member of the planning committee for the Computer-Assisted Assessment Conference and European ATP Conference.
Skills: E-Learning, Educational Technology, Instructional Design.
Ms Sharon Hague
Sharon was appointed Senior Vice President of Pearson Qualifications Services in January 2016. She is responsible for the development and delivery of Pearson UK's portfolio of qualifications and assessments including the National Curriculum Tests (NCT) contract. Sharon also holds the Ofqual Responsible Officer role for qualifications awarded by Pearson.
Sharon graduated from Oxford and trained as a teacher. She taught in schools in Essex and Hertfordshire for 8 years working for Edexcel as an A level examiner. Sharon joined Pearson in January 2000 and, over the past 15 years, has held a variety of posts including Vice President, Qualification Development and Assessment Director, Head of General Qualifications Assessment and Quality Manager for the NCT programme.
Ms Sheila McClelland
Ms McClelland is the Director of Corporate Services for the Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA), one of our member Awarding Bodies.
Mr Kevin Phillips
Kevin is a Director in the Chief Executive’s Office at AQA, one of our member Awarding Bodies. Kevin has spent most of his professional life in the area of examinations, working firstly for the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and then joining one of AQA’s predecessor boards in the 1990s.
He has chaired a number of JCQ committees, including the Malpractice Committee and the Post-Results and Appeals Committee. He has also led on a number of inter-awarding body projects, most recently chairing the groups that worked to establish new arrangements for the A level Science Practicals and the GCSE English Spoken Language Assessments.
Mr Gareth Pierce
Gareth is the Chief Executive of WJEC, one of our member Awarding Bodies.
He joined WJEC in 2004, having previously worked there as a Research Officer in the early 1980s.
In the early stages of his career, Gareth worked as a statistician in the housing and health sectors, and as head of mathematics in a comprehensive school. He was subsequently a senior lecturer at the University of Glamorgan Business School, a head of education policy for the Welsh Local Government Association, and a senior manager at Trinity College, Carmarthen.
Gareth represented the JCQ awarding bodies on the HE Partnership for Admissions and has been a member of several Welsh Government stakeholder groups. He was until recently an Associate Lecturer in Statistics with the Open University and is a member of the Audit Committee of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Gareth also played for Welsh Universities during his rugby career.