• Our executive board

    Our executive board

    The expertise of our people is highly respected around the world. Our research and our knowledge is referenced by governments and leading academics. Below are the profiles of some of our key people:

    Simon Lebus

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    Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment and Chairman of OCR

    Simon Lebus was appointed Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment on 1st July 2002. He became Chairman of OCR in 2004.

    A Bye-Fellow of Emmanuel College, Simon has spent his career operating in complex and competitive business environments, where the drive for excellence and quality, good teamwork and the need for continuous improvement are essential for success. These are all characteristics that have made Cambridge Assessment a world leader in educational assessment.

    Simon came to Cambridge Assessment from the food industry where he had worked since 1989 in a variety of senior managements roles. Prior to that, he spent eight years in the City as an investment banker involved in both corporate finance advisory and capital markets work.

    Simon was a scholar at St John's College, Oxford, where he obtained a first in Modern History before going on to St Antony's College, Oxford, where he spent three years doing research on Modern English Philanthropy.

    Simon is also on the Board of the University Education Faculty and is a member of the Management Committee of the Cambridge University Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies.

    Michael O'Sullivan

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    Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations

    Michael O’Sullivan was appointed Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations in April 2013.

    Previously Michael was Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust. Prior to that role, Michael was Secretary General of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. Most of his earlier career was spent with the British Council; most recently as Director, British Council, China. Other roles have included Head of Corporate Planning, and East Asia and Pacific Policy Director.

    Michael has a BA in French and German from Brasenose College, Oxford, an MPhil in Linguistics from Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. In 2008, he was created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to the British Council. He is a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

    Saul Nassé

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    Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment

    Saul Nassé is Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment, who provide the world’s leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English.

    Saul studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and spent three years as a research scientist at Cranfield University, before joining the BBC. In a twenty-three year career at the corporation he was Editor of prime-time science show Tomorrow’s World, Head of Religion & Ethics and General Manager of BBC Worldwide Productions in Mumbai where he was responsible for the Indian version of Strictly Come Dancing.

    His last job at the BBC before joining Cambridge English in March 2014 was as Controller of BBC Learning, where he ran the department that commissioned and produced the BBC’s education programmes and websites. These included Stargazing Live, BBC Food, Bitesize, and the innovative new learning online product, iWonder.

    Mark Dawe

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    Chief Executive of Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR)

    Mark Dawe was appointed Chief Executive of OCR in November 2010.

    Previously Mark was Principal and Chief Executive of Oaklands College in Hertfordshire. He has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field and is a board member of the Association of Learning Providers, Chair of the Association of Colleges for the Eastern Region, a Trustee of awarding body VTCT and board member of the Principals' Professional Council. He also recently headed the Capital Task Group on behalf of the Association of Colleges and is now Chair of the National Capital Reference Group.

    Prior to his role at Oaklands College, Mark was Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills having joined as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit in 2003. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to public sector customers.

    Tim Oates

    Tim Oates

    Group Director of Assessment Research and Development

    Tim Oates joined Cambridge Assessment in May 2006 to spearhead the rapidly growing Assessment Research and Development division. He was previously at the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency, where he had been Head of Research and Statistics for most of the last decade.

    Work included advising on a pan-European 8-level qualifications framework. He has advised the UK Government for many years on both practical matters and assessment policy.

    He started his career as a research officer at the University of Surrey. He moved to the FE Staff College in 1987 where he helped run the Work-Based Learning project. London University's Institute of Education then appointed him as NCVQ Research Fellow. In 1993 he joined one of the QCA's predecessor bodies, the National Council for Vocational Qualifications, as Head of GNVQ Research and Development. Promotion to Director of Research followed two years later.

    Corporate Board

    Simon Lebus, the Group Chief Executive, heads up the Corporate Board which comprises directors from across the organisation:

    • Mr Simon Lebus Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment and Chairman of OCR
    • Mrs Liz Allan, Group Human Resources Director
    • Mr Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, OCR
    • Mr Bruno Laquet, Group Infrastructure Services Director
    • Mr Saul Nassé, Chief Executive, Cambridge English Language Assessment
    • Mr Tim Oates, Director, Assessment Research and Development
    • Mr Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations
    • Mrs Jackie Rippeth, Group Finance Director

    The Syndicate

    A Syndicate, appointed by the University, oversees our activities and reviews the policies and business plans put forward by the Group Chief Executive and other senior managers who form the Corporate Board. The Corporate Board is responsible for the implementation of policies and business plans approved by the Syndicate and for day to day management of Cambridge Assessment.

    Syndicate Members

    • Professor John Rallison (Chairman), Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
    • Mrs Sherry Coutu CBE, Investor and Independent Non-Executive Director
    • Mr Edward Elliott, Head, The Perse School
    • Dr David Good, Fellow of King's College, University of Cambridge
    • Ms Denise Hall, Director of Marketing and Sales, Special Steps
    • Dr James Keeler, Senior Tutor, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
    • Mr Richard Partington, Senior Tutor, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
    • Mr Bruce Picking, Former Chairman of Governors of Havering College of Further and Higher Education
    • Mr Ian Pryce, Principal and Chief Executive, Bedford College
    • Mr Andrew Reid, Director of Finance, University of Cambridge
    • Dr Nick White, Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern & Medieval Languages, Emmanuel College
    • Mr Peter Williams, Former Finance Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
    • Professor Steve Young, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
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