I started my career in university research and then moved into education, to work for the Scottish public awarding body, SQA. I have held a wide range of roles within SQA, everything from leading major qualification and assessment developments to working in research and policy teams. I am currently a Director within SQA and over the past five years I have led SQA’s qualifications and assessment development reform of our school qualification – called the Curriculum for Excellence. I have also led a number of reforms of vocational qualifications, as well.
I am passionate about education and the power that it has to help people unlock their potential. I am a strong believer in evidence based policy making, underpinned by research and using this to shape and influence qualification and assessment reforms and refinements in ways in which assessment is a power for good and focuses on the key purposes of learning. I am privileged in Scotland to have a leadership role that allows me to influence both school and vocational qualifications in a positive progressive way to create learning pathways for individuals regardless of their age or stage.
I only recently got involved with the AEA-Europe and I am working with the team on the Glasgow Conference and the pre-conference vocational symposium. Even in the short time that I have been involved I can see that the association has a powerful leadership role to play in assessment, within Europe. The opportunity through the association to exchange ideas and hear about what others are doing is essential to keep all of our professional thinking at the leading edge. It would be a professional privilege to be able to contribute to the leadership of the Association.