Mary Curnock Cook
independent educationalist; former chief executive, UCAS

From 2010 to 2017, Mary was chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS, overseeing a transformation of the organisation’s operations, communications and data services. Prior to 2010, she was director of qualifications and skills at the QCDA. Earlier in her career she held a number of senior executive and non-executive posts in private, public and not-for-profit organisations in the biotechnology, food, hospitality and education sectors.

Now pursuing a portfolio career, she continues to be active across the education sector, with a special emphasis on people who are under-represented or disadvantaged in education. She is chair of governors at Kensington and Chelsea College, chair of trustees of the Access Project, and a trustee at the National Star College. She chairs the Local Governing Body at Swindon Academy, is a member of the Council of the Open University, and is a strategy advisor to the University of Buckingham.

Mary has an MSc from London Business School. She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to training in the hospitality industry, and is an honorary fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London.

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