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.
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; for OCR’s subject advisor teams, 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 Assessment International Education 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 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 with 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 Operational Systems Programmes 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.
Peter joined OCR as Director of Product in April 2017 with responsibility for the development and management of OCR’s products and their commercial performance.
He previously worked for Pearson Education in Head of Product Management roles for both vocational and academic qualifications. Before joining Pearson in 2008, Peter worked at Cambridge University Press, initially as a Science Editor and then progressing to become Publishing Manager for Science and Maths titles. Peter has a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry and a BSc in Medicinal Chemistry from Newcastle University.
Mark joined OCR in 2013 as Risk and Compliance Director and was appointed OCR’s Responsible Officer in September 2015. In 2017, Mark became Director of Regulation and Business Performance.
His directorate oversees regulation, compliance, risk, project management office (PMO), assessment delivery performance and commercial planning. This includes developing relationships with the regulator; ensuring understanding and management of risk (including regulatory risk) and that change, planning and assessment delivery is thoroughly joined up within the organisation. On behalf of OCR, Mark leads on the introduction of a new processing system for all general qualifications.
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.
Chris joined OCR in July 2016 as Sales and Marketing Director. He has responsibility for promoting and selling OCR’s qualifications and services to key curriculum decision-makers, focusing on schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. Chris is also responsible for OCR’s customer service and support teams, including exams officer support and communications.
Chris brings over 35 years of teaching and commercial experience to his role at OCR. After completing a maths and economics degree and a PGCE, Chris taught secondary maths for fourteen years in Canterbury, Kent. He was appointed as one of the country’s youngest senior teachers at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School where his responsibilities included curriculum development.
Chris has spent over twenty years as a senior commercial leader with the UK’s leading education companies, including RM plc, Heinemann, Nelson Thornes and Pearson.