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Leo was appointed Chief Executive from August 2016.
He joined Cambridge Assessment from the Financial Services sector where he held senior strategy-related and commercial positions in large ‘blue chip’ organisations.
Before then. he worked in similar roles in both the retail and media industries and spent much of his early career at Bain & Company, the strategic consultancy.
After graduating from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Leo was initially employed in the UK and Japan as an engineer specialising in industrial robotics. He then gained a Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation scholarship which allowed him to study Japanese at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and to work at the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Mark was appointed Chief Delivery Officer and OCR’s Responsible Officer 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.
Sylke is the Director of Assessment at OCR, with responsibility for the standard and quality of all assessments from development stage to the issue of results; for research and technical services; and for the relationship management with all of OCR’s examiners and assessors. Before that, Sylke was the Executive Director of the National Examinations Unit at the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET) in Bahrain, implementing a new national testing system for the country.
Prior to joining QAAET, she was Head of 14-19 Qualifications for OCR, with responsibility for A Levels, GCSEs and all other general and vocational qualifications for the age group. Before that, Sylke worked in various roles within Cambridge International Examinations and prior to that, she was in charge of the qualifications department of the then Institute of Logistics.
Sylke holds a German teaching degree in English and Music, an MA in Linguistics from the Freie Universitaet Berlin, an MBA from the Open University and an MA from Cambridge University. She is also a qualified external verifier for vocational qualifications and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. She has experience of teaching from primary to university level, both in Germany and in the UK, and extensive experience of academic and vocational assessment worldwide, having worked in education systems in the UK, Bahrain, Germany, Singapore, Namibia and Mauritius.
David is Director of Operations and responsible for the wide range of OCR’s examination services including the collection and delivery of over five million examination entries and results, the production of OCR’s assessment materials and the turnaround of all OCR’s post results services. David manages OCR’s relations with Group Infrastructure Services (IS) for the delivery of print, IS development and ongoing IS service delivery, as well as heading up OCR’s Technical Programme Office responsible for OCR’s transition to new operational models and business processes.
David has over 16 years’ experience delivering operational change in the UK assessment sector. He has a strong background in operations management and has previously worked in the logistics and global supply chain arena, managing large national third party contracts on behalf of the Tibbett & Britten Group.