New Chief Executive for OCR

05 October 2018

Jill Duffy

Cambridge Assessment today announces the appointment of Jill Duffy as the new Chief Executive of its UK exam board OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA).

Jill led the UK schools business at education company Pearson for five years and was responsible for more than 450 staff across product management and development, marketing and sales, spanning qualifications, digital and print learning services. Prior to joining Pearson, Jill spent 22 years in educational publishing.

Saul Nassé, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said:

“I am delighted that Jill will be joining us. She is utterly immersed in the UK’s education landscape and has a deep understanding of what students, teachers and schools need now and in the future.

“Under Jill’s leadership, I am confident that OCR will increase its reach and impact and that she will nurture our fantastic teams in Coventry and Cambridge.”

Jill said: “I am delighted to be joining OCR. I appreciate fully the vital part that qualifications play in enabling learners to progress in their learning and lives and am looking forward to working with the team at OCR and Cambridge Assessment as well as Cambridge University Press and the wider University.

“I am excited by the prospect of a role at the heart of the UK educational system and by the opportunity to provide the very best assessment experience for teachers and learners, built on unique research capabilities, a commitment to teachers and learners, and a preeminent education brand.”

Jill will join OCR on 5 November, taking over from interim Chief Executive Janet Morris, who will return to her role as International Network Director at Cambridge Assessment International Education, after delivering a successful OCR summer series. 

Jill began her career in education as an editor at Oxford University Press and subsequently worked for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Harcourt, and Ginn. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University and a BA in English literature from Oxford’s Trinity College.