Our Board of Directors
Chief Delivery Officer and Responsible Officer - OCR
Mark 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.
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.
Director of Education - Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA).
Stewart is the Managing Director of NCFE’s Awarding business and NCFE’s Responsible Officer to the regulators.
With a background originally in Engineering, Stewart had a change of career due to a serious road traffic accident, 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 an electronic 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 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.
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 is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), one of our member Awarding Bodies.
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 our 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.
Professor Toby Salt
Chief Executive - AQA
Toby joined AQA in July 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, which sponsors 32 academies across England, with responsibility for 25,000 students and 3,500 staff. Prior to that, Toby was Deputy Chief Executive at the National College for School Leadership, an executive agency providing leadership development and policy advice for schools and ministers.
Toby has worked in a variety of education leadership roles, including as Executive Head of a federation of three schools, and has led schools to achieve ‘outstanding’ gradings under Ofsted. In 2000, he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Director of the Department for Education’s Innovation Unit to lead innovation in school practices and structures.
He has also held a number of voluntary and non-executive director roles including appointment to the Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council and as a board member of UCAS. He is a visiting professor of education leadership at the University of Wolverhampton; a member of All Souls Group, Oxford; and a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust Chief Executives’ working group.