Jill Duffy - Chief Executive - OCR

Jill joined OCR as Chief Executive in November 2018, bringing over 25 years’ experience in education to the role.

Jill led the UK schools business at education company Pearson for five years, where she was responsible for more than 450 staff across product management and development, marketing and sales, spanning qualifications, digital and print learning services.

Prior to that, Jill spent 22 years in educational publishing. She began her education career as an editor at Oxford University Press and subsequently worked for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Harcourt, and Ginn. She has a PGCE and a degree in English Literature from Oxford University.

Kevin Phillips - Responsible Officer - AQA

Kevin is AQA’s Responsible Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He has responsibility for regulatory compliance at AQA, an education charity and England’s largest provider of general qualifications.

Kevin has spent most of his professional life in the field of public examinations, working firstly for the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and then joining one of AQA’s predecessor boards in 1994.

Kevin has held a wide range of roles at AQA and led on a number of cross-industry committees and projects, including chairing the Joint Council for Qualifications Malpractice Committee and Post-Results and Appeals Committees.

Stewart Foster - Chief Operating Officer and Responsible Officer - NCFE

Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer at NCFE.

With a background originally in Manufacturing Engineering, Stewart had a change of career and transitioned into staff development, working in the training departments of both Rolls Royce and Siemens Power Generation.  Following a move into further education, Stewart worked in a variety of senior delivery roles at Newcastle College, with responsibility for Curriculum, Quality and Business Development.  He also headed up the largest distance-learning unit in the country, where he was the visionary to instigate the funding of National Vocational Qualification delivery, via e-portfolio.

After 14 years of working in further education, Stewart joined NCFE, initially leading on Quality Assurance and Compliance and more recently with responsibility for Product Design and Development, Assessment and Learning Resources across all of NCFE’s organisations.  Stewart has previously held positions as Director of Quality and Product and Managing Director of Awarding before moving into his current role.  He is also NCFE’s designated Responsible Officer to Ofqual, CCEA, Qualification Wales and SQA in relation to NCFE’s compliance with conditions of recognition as an awarding organisation.

Stewart has an MBA and has studied at Ashridge Business School on their personalised Advanced Management Programme and Executive Management MA Programme.

After 14 years of working in further education, Stewart joined NCFE, initially leading on Quality Assurance and Compliance, and more recently with responsibility for Policy, Product Design, Assessment and Learning Resources.

Stewart has an MBA and has studied at Ashridge Business School on their personalised Advanced Management Programme and Executive Management MA Programme.

 

 

Derek Richardson - Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer - Pearson UK

Derek was appointed Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer of Pearson UK in September 2017.

He is accountable for the successful delivery of qualifications both in the UK and internationally. He is Pearson’s designated Responsible Officer to Ofqual, CCEA, Qualification Wales and SQA in relation to compliance with Pearson’s conditions of recognition as an awarding organisation.

Derek has degrees from Teesside and Sussex Universities and his background over the last 18 years has been in educational assessment.

He started work in Edexcel’s A level English team as the curriculum 2000 reforms were being introduced and also holds a post as school governor.

He has held various posts within Pearson, most recently as Director for Qualification Development, Assessment & Awarding across GCSEs, A Levels, BTEC, Apprenticeships and International qualifications.

Derek is Chair of the JCQ Board.

 

Ian Morgan - Chief Executive - WJEC

Ian is the Chief Executive of WJEC.

He joined WJEC in 2002, and provides overall strategic leadership for the company.

Ian is also WJEC’s Director for IT, and is the strategic lead for the effective application of Information Technology for WJEC, including all internal and external facing systems that support the examination cycle. He also represents WJEC in a range of external settings.

Ian was initially appointed as Deputy Director for the National Grid for Learning project when he joined WJEC in 2002, before becoming Assistant Director for IT Service Management and Collaboration.

Prior to joining WJEC, Ian was Education IT Manager for a local authority, where he was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of technology that supported both administration and more importantly, teaching and learning.

 

 

Fiona Robertson - Chief Executive - Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Fiona Robertson was appointed SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, in July 2019.

She joined SQA from the Scottish Government where she was Director of Learning for six years. During that time, she led the work on the development of Curriculum for Excellence, the National Improvement Framework for Education, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the Government’s programme of education reform.

Fiona started her civil service career as an Economist, providing advice to Ministers and external commentators on the performance of the Scottish economy and developing successive economic strategies. She has undertaken a number of strategic roles including Head of Economic Strategy, reviewing Scotland’s public bodies, and leading the Scottish Government’s Strategic Spending Review. More recently, her focus has been on improving outcomes for children and young people, first as Deputy Director for Children and Families, and subsequently as Director for Learning. This focus continues as Chief Executive of SQA.

Fiona is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow.

Patrick Craven - Director of Policy and Quality - City & Guilds

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.

 

 

Margaret Farragher - Director of Education - Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA)

Margaret was appointed CCEA’s Director of Education in January 2018. In this new role Margaret has overall responsibility for the curriculum, assessment and qualifications, for learners education aged 4-19. This role brings together two separate directorates, to support progression through all key stages.

Previously Head of Policy and Qualifications at UCAS, Margaret led on developing and implementing the new UCAS tariff, providing qualification information services for UK universities, schools and learners and advising UK government departments on Higher Education and qualification policy. She joined UCAS in September 2013, from KPMG.

Margaret started her career at Westminster Careers Service, then joined the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority ( later the Qualifications Curriculum Authority and Qualifications Curriculum Development Agency) in 1996. During this period, Margaret held a number of qualification and national curriculum reform programme roles supporting a range of new policy initiatives such as Curriculum 2000. As Head of Diploma Support Margaret was involved in an extensive programme of guidance and support to schools, colleges and local authorities on 14-19 qualifications.

In addition to having been a Local Authority Governor of two London Secondary Schools and Governor at All Saints Academy Cheltenham, Margaret also served as the Chair of the charity Futureversity, based in Tower Hamlets, which provides support to young people aged 11-25 to develop skills and raise their aspirations.

Our Board Members

Jill joined OCR as Chief Executive in November 2018, bringing over 25 years’ experience in education to the role.

Jill led the UK schools business at education company Pearson for five years, where she was responsible for more than 450 staff across product management and development, marketing and sales, spanning qualifications, digital and print learning services.

Prior to that, Jill spent 22 years in educational publishing. She began her education career as an editor at Oxford University Press and subsequently worked for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Harcourt, and Ginn. She has a PGCE and a degree in English Literature from Oxford University.

Kevin is AQA’s Responsible Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He has responsibility for regulatory compliance at AQA, an education charity and England’s largest provider of general qualifications.

Kevin has spent most of his professional life in the field of public examinations, working firstly for the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and then joining one of AQA’s predecessor boards in 1994.

Kevin has held a wide range of roles at AQA and led on a number of cross-industry committees and projects, including chairing the Joint Council for Qualifications Malpractice Committee and Post-Results and Appeals Committees.

Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer at NCFE.

With a background originally in Manufacturing Engineering, Stewart had a change of career and transitioned into staff development, working in the training departments of both Rolls Royce and Siemens Power Generation.  Following a move into further education, Stewart worked in a variety of senior delivery roles at Newcastle College, with responsibility for Curriculum, Quality and Business Development.  He also headed up the largest distance-learning unit in the country, where he was the visionary to instigate the funding of National Vocational Qualification delivery, via e-portfolio.

After 14 years of working in further education, Stewart joined NCFE, initially leading on Quality Assurance and Compliance and more recently with responsibility for Product Design and Development, Assessment and Learning Resources across all of NCFE’s organisations.  Stewart has previously held positions as Director of Quality and Product and Managing Director of Awarding before moving into his current role.  He is also NCFE’s designated Responsible Officer to Ofqual, CCEA, Qualification Wales and SQA in relation to NCFE’s compliance with conditions of recognition as an awarding organisation.

Stewart has an MBA and has studied at Ashridge Business School on their personalised Advanced Management Programme and Executive Management MA Programme.

After 14 years of working in further education, Stewart joined NCFE, initially leading on Quality Assurance and Compliance, and more recently with responsibility for Policy, Product Design, Assessment and Learning Resources.

Stewart has an MBA and has studied at Ashridge Business School on their personalised Advanced Management Programme and Executive Management MA Programme.

 

 

Derek was appointed Vice President and Senior Responsible Officer of Pearson UK in September 2017.

He is accountable for the successful delivery of qualifications both in the UK and internationally. He is Pearson’s designated Responsible Officer to Ofqual, CCEA, Qualification Wales and SQA in relation to compliance with Pearson’s conditions of recognition as an awarding organisation.

Derek has degrees from Teesside and Sussex Universities and his background over the last 18 years has been in educational assessment.

He started work in Edexcel’s A level English team as the curriculum 2000 reforms were being introduced and also holds a post as school governor.

He has held various posts within Pearson, most recently as Director for Qualification Development, Assessment & Awarding across GCSEs, A Levels, BTEC, Apprenticeships and International qualifications.

Derek is Chair of the JCQ Board.

 

Ian is the Chief Executive of WJEC.

He joined WJEC in 2002, and provides overall strategic leadership for the company.

Ian is also WJEC’s Director for IT, and is the strategic lead for the effective application of Information Technology for WJEC, including all internal and external facing systems that support the examination cycle. He also represents WJEC in a range of external settings.

Ian was initially appointed as Deputy Director for the National Grid for Learning project when he joined WJEC in 2002, before becoming Assistant Director for IT Service Management and Collaboration.

Prior to joining WJEC, Ian was Education IT Manager for a local authority, where he was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of technology that supported both administration and more importantly, teaching and learning.

 

 

Fiona Robertson was appointed SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, in July 2019.

She joined SQA from the Scottish Government where she was Director of Learning for six years. During that time, she led the work on the development of Curriculum for Excellence, the National Improvement Framework for Education, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the Government’s programme of education reform.

Fiona started her civil service career as an Economist, providing advice to Ministers and external commentators on the performance of the Scottish economy and developing successive economic strategies. She has undertaken a number of strategic roles including Head of Economic Strategy, reviewing Scotland’s public bodies, and leading the Scottish Government’s Strategic Spending Review. More recently, her focus has been on improving outcomes for children and young people, first as Deputy Director for Children and Families, and subsequently as Director for Learning. This focus continues as Chief Executive of SQA.

Fiona is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow.

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.

 

 

Margaret was appointed CCEA’s Director of Education in January 2018. In this new role Margaret has overall responsibility for the curriculum, assessment and qualifications, for learners education aged 4-19. This role brings together two separate directorates, to support progression through all key stages.

Previously Head of Policy and Qualifications at UCAS, Margaret led on developing and implementing the new UCAS tariff, providing qualification information services for UK universities, schools and learners and advising UK government departments on Higher Education and qualification policy. She joined UCAS in September 2013, from KPMG.

Margaret started her career at Westminster Careers Service, then joined the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority ( later the Qualifications Curriculum Authority and Qualifications Curriculum Development Agency) in 1996. During this period, Margaret held a number of qualification and national curriculum reform programme roles supporting a range of new policy initiatives such as Curriculum 2000. As Head of Diploma Support Margaret was involved in an extensive programme of guidance and support to schools, colleges and local authorities on 14-19 qualifications.

In addition to having been a Local Authority Governor of two London Secondary Schools and Governor at All Saints Academy Cheltenham, Margaret also served as the Chair of the charity Futureversity, based in Tower Hamlets, which provides support to young people aged 11-25 to develop skills and raise their aspirations.