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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:
Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment and Chairman of OCR
Simon Lebus has been Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment since 1 July 2002, and Chairman of OCR since 2004.
Before Cambridge Assessment, Simon spent fourteen years in industry in a variety of senior management roles. He went into industry from the City where he had spent the previous eight years involved in corporate finance advisory and capital markets work.
Simon was a scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, where he took a first class honours degree in Modern History before going on to St Antony’s College, also in Oxford, where he studied for three years as a postgraduate research student.
Within Cambridge, Simon is a Bye-Fellow of Emmanuel College and has also served on the Board of the University Education Faculty, as a member of the Management Committee of the Cambridge University Centre for Applied Research in Education Technologies and as Executive Chair of the Cambridge Trusts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Lebus, the Group Chief Executive, heads up the Corporate Board which comprises directors from across the organisation:
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.