Governance and Structure

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Lorna Cocking

Chair of Board of Trustees

Lorna Cocking became Chair in May 2017 and has been a Trustee of NFER since 2015. She has a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University.

Having spent the first 17 years of her career as a classroom teacher in Norway, Canada, Finland and England, Lorna has a wealth of experience in the education sector. She became an Advisor at ILEA's Television and Publishing Centre in 1980, was appointed Publishing Director at The Open College in 1990, and Director of Learning Development Services at the University of Sunderland in 1992. From 1993 to 2010 she worked at Pearson Education, first as UK Publishing Director and then as Director of Education.

Lorna was a member of the Confederation of British Industry Education and Training Council from 2003 to 2007 and of the Board of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust from 2009 to 2012. She has been Chair of the Governors of Amherst School, Hackney (2000-2004), and of the Boards of Middlesex University (2004-2010) and Learning Light (2005-2007). From 2007 to 2014 Lorna was Chair of the Council of the Girls' Day School Trust.

She is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of Kent College, Chair of the Board of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools, and Pro-Chancellor of Middlesex University.