Gemma Gathercole

Gemma Gathercole
  • Head of Funding and Assessment, Lsect

Gemma joined Lsect in February 2017, bringing with her over a decade of experience in the further education sector.  She works on a range of funding and assessment related projects, including consultancy and training, with an initial focus on Apprenticeship reforms.

Prior to joining Lsect, she spent 11 years with exam board OCR, latterly as their Head of Policy – FE and Funding.  In that role, she was responsible for influencing Further Education policy development, managing stakeholder relations and keeping OCR staff up-to-date on the ever-changing world of further education and skills policy.  She has previously held a number of roles relating to different aspects of vocational qualifications; spending more than five years in vocational qualifications development.  Since February 2012, Gemma’s responsibilities moved on to funding policy, providing support to staff and customers and influencing the development of policy in this area.

Gemma holds a 2:1 Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Birmingham and is Chair of Governors for a primary school near her home in Solihull.


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