Pearson Expert Panel

Pearson offers world Class Qualifications programme is bringing experts together to develop
qualifications that will support young people around the globe to meet the challenges of
today and tomorrow.


Sir Michael Barber

Sir Michael Barber is a leading authority on education systems and reform. He leads Pearson’s worldwide programme of research into education policy and efficacy, advises on and supports the development of products and services that build on the research findings, and plays a particular role in Pearson’s strategy for education in the poorest sectors of the world, particularly in fast-growing developing economies. He is also Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Exete.


Professor Schwartz

Professor Schwartz is currently the Francis Keppel professor of practice of educational policy and administration for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has held a wide variety of leadership positions in education and government before joining the HGSE faculty in 1996. From 1997 to 2002, Schwartz also served as president of Achieve, Inc., an independent, non-profit organisation created by governors and corporate leaders to help states improve their school

Janice Kay

Janice Kay has been provost of the University of Exeter since August 2014. Janice is responsible for overseeing and delivering the institutional strategy, resource and business planning of the university's six colleges and its professional services. Before starting her current role, Janice spent ten years as the deputy vice-chancellor for education.


Professor Jonathan Osborne

Professor Jonathan Osborne holds the Shriram Family Professor of Science endowed chair at Stanford University, California. He joined Stanford in 2009 after 23 years at King’s College in London, where he was head of department from 2005-2008.

Bahram Bekhradnia

Bahram Bekhradnia became the first director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) on its creation on 1 November 2002. HEPI is an independent think tank concerned with higher education policy. Bahram holds a degree in Literae Humaniores from the University of Oxford and honorary degrees from the University of North London and BPP University College, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Bath and the London University Institute of Education.



Jane joined the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee in retail at the flagship store in Oxford Street. She continued in the retail division and gained further operational experience across a number of branches and functions, including personnel and distribution. She held the post of general manager in John Lewis Milton Keynes and John Lewis Brent Cross, before transferring to head office as head of internal communications. Jane became the head of partner development in 2011

Dr. Hill

Dr Hill is the former chief executive of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Before that, he was an educational consultant on projects in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the USA. From 2004 to 2007, Dr Hill was secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, where he played a key role in developing and implementing changes in curriculum, assessment and certification in a major reform. Dr. Hill is professor of education at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Lee Sing Kong

Professor Lee Sing Kong is the dean and managing director of the National Institute of Education International in Singapore. Professor Lee also serves as vice president (education strategies) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a focus on strategies to help Higher Education keep abreast with 21st century needs.

Pearson compliance committee

The Committee monitors Pearson's compliance with its regulatory requirements as set out in Ofqual’s General Conditions for Awarding Organisations as well as the requirements of other regulators such as SQA, DfES and CCEA. The Committee also advises Pearson on the nature and performance of its qualifications and the implications of new qualifications-related initiatives, to help maintain the standards, probity and fitness for purpose of those qualifications.

Name Role Representing
Sir David Melville MBE Chairman Pearson
Lesley Davies Responsible Officer Pearson
Wendy Brown Course Leader Westfield Community Technology College
John Dickinson Senior Assistant Secretary Lancaster University
Sara Mogel Principal West Cheshire College
Andy Palmer Director, Education & Skills BT
Chris Sampson Director of Curriculum and Quality 14-19 Cornwall College Group
Edward Woods Chief Executive CVQO