We are pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Farragher as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Margaret joins JCQ having gained extensive senior leadership experience across the education sector. Margaret’s most recent role was Executive Director at SQA, and prior to this she was the interim CEO at CCEA.


Commenting on the appointment, Ian Morgan, Chair, JCQ, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Margaret to JCQ. We share a clear vision for our organisation and she has an outstanding track-record for achieving excellence across strategy, leadership and policy.

“I look forward to working with Margaret, and our awarding body members, to build on JCQ’s strengths and to continuously improve in the future.”


Also commenting, Margaret Farragher, CEO, JCQ, said:

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to take up the position of CEO at JCQ; it’s great to be joining such a strong and talented team of professionals.

“Awarding bodies across the UK have demonstrated their agility, professionalism, and support for schools, colleges and learners more than ever in recent years. I look forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to build on the good work being done to ensure that the assessment and awarding process continues to be robust, fair and of the highest standards.”



Margaret Farragher many years’ experience working in senior roles across the education sector, including; serving as Executive Director – Policy, Analysis and Standards at Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Interim CEO at Council for Curriculum Exams and Assessment (CCEA), Director of Education at CCEA, Head of Policy and Qualifications at UCAS, and is currently a Board Member at London Metropolitan University. She was also Chair of the charity Futureversity, and has held several school governor roles.