Our Board of Directors
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.
Director of Education - Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA).
Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer and Responsible Officer at NCFE.
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 divisions of both Rolls Royce and Siemens. 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 delivery of products and services across all of NCFE’s brands and divisions.
Stewart has an MBA and has studied at Ashridge Business School on their personalised Advanced Management Programme and Executive Management MA Programme.
Interim Deputy CEO and Director of Qualifications and Markets at AQA, Roderic is responsible for our approach to developing and producing assessments, the support we offer to teachers and our marketing strategy. As part of the Interim Deputy CEO role he has additional responsibilities for oversight of the end to end exam process and deputising for the Interim CEO.
He was previously Chief Executive at WJEC. Prior to that he was Director of Assessment for Cambridge International and held several roles at the Scottish Qualifications Authority. He also has over a decade’s worth of experience in teaching, which includes senior management and examining roles. He started his career as a naval officer where he was heavily involved in both training and assessment.
Roderic is an experienced presenter on educational leadership to national and international audiences, and has led and been involved in a number of educational reform projects in countries around the world. He has a Masters degree in Education, a Masters degree in Educational Management and an honorary Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge, and is particularly interested in curriculum management, assessment and pedagogy.
Roderic 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.
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.