Sadie Visick to lead OxfordAQA

Thursday 20 Sep 2018

Sadie Visick has been appointed as Managing Director of Oxford International AQA Examinations (OxfordAQA) – AQA’s international joint venture with Oxford University Press (OUP).

Sadie moves to OxfordAQA this month from her role at AQA as Director of International and Corporate Affairs.

A member of AQA’s Executive Team since 2011, Sadie has been a board member of OxfordAQA since it was established three years ago and recently stepped down as Chair.

Sadie brings a wealth of assessment and international expertise to the role, and was responsible for AQA’s marketing during a period of significant growth in AQA’s GCSE and A-level market share in the UK. She also established AQA’s Empowering Women initiative and its mentoring programme for disadvantaged students, Unlocking Potential.

Sadie has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including global education services provider Tribal plc, and is a leadership development facilitator and coach for the Windsor Leadership Trust.

Toby Salt, AQA’s Chief Executive, said:

“Sadie’s assessment expertise and the strong relationships she has already built with colleagues and stakeholders in the Middle East and Asia make her the ideal person to drive our joint venture forward.

“She will provide the leadership OxfordAQA needs as international schools increasingly recognise the value of new qualifications that are specifically designed to meet their needs, while reflecting the reformed UK curriculum and standards.”

Nigel Portwood, CEO of Oxford University Press, said:

“It’s wonderful news that Sadie will be taking on the role of MD at OxfordAQA. She brings with her not only extensive experience of developing businesses in international markets, but a clear passion for education.

“Our OxfordAQA joint venture is now well established already and I am sure that, under Sadie’s leadership, the venture will enjoy even greater success in the future. “

Sadie Visick said:

“This is a very exciting time to be joining OxfordAQA. We have a growing track record for qualifications that are great to teach in the international school environment and enable students to show what they can do.

“After helping shepherd the organisation through its early years, I’m really looking to taking on the role of MD and focusing closely on how best to help our schools and their students realise their ambitions.”

OxfordAQA’s international qualifications are based on AQA’s popular UK GCSEs, AS and A-levels and have been specially developed for students studying in the Middle East and Asia.

They feature internationally relevant content and assessments that are appropriate for students living outside the UK – supported by quality resources and a network of regional consultants.