Greg Watson new Chief Executive appointment for Bell

30 March 2010

The Bell Educational Trust has today announced the appointment of Greg Watson as its new Chief Executive, following the departure of David Pottinger earlier this year.

Greg joins Bell from OCR (Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations), which he has led as Chief Executive since 2004. OCR is the largest operating arm of the Cambridge Assessment Group and under Greg's leadership has become the second largest provider of A levels and GCSEs in the UK and a major provider of vocational and skills-based qualifications for young people and adults.

Greg joined OCR on its formation in 1998, spending three years as its first Marketing & Sales Director before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2001.

He graduated in modern languages from Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1987, following a degree programme which included a year teaching English in Germany. Before joining OCR, he worked for ten years in the oil industry in retail and business-to-business sectors, covering marketing, business development, IT systems development and quality management.

Announcing the appointment, Ellen Fleming, Chair of the Bell Educational Trust, commented: "We are delighted to welcome someone with such an impressive pedigree to lead the Trust into the next phase of its development. We have embarked upon an ambitious programme of organisational growth and Greg's commercial skills, coupled with his absolute commitment to quality, will be an essential ingredient in our future success and represent a perfect fit with the Bell brand."

Greg will take up his new position in August 2010.


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Notes to Editors

About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

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