My name is Terry Ford and I have chaired the EOA for over five years and having been the exams officer at my independent school for over 30 years along-side my teaching duties. I often attend meetings with the JCQ and Ofqual where I seek to represent the exams officer community, as I did as a former Secretary of the Oxford and Cambridge Standing Joint Committee (which were sadly dismantled by the teaching unions), and during the time I was privileged to serve as a member of several OCR committees.

I continue in my role, not seeking to turn the clock back and preserve old practices and procedures, nor to hark back to some mythical golden age, but to look towards the future. The need for an independent organisation, which focuses on being transparent and aspirational, is essential within our educational and exam sector. I believe that not only do we need to care for the welfare of those who are new and those who are experienced in this role through supporting their professional development, but also that it is vital to promote a more user friendly public exam system for students.