Candidate statement from Terry Fennell for FAB Vice Chair (to be formally elected at AGM on 20 October 2016)
Nominated by Paul Eeles, ABC Awards and FAB Director and Carolyn Barker, EAL Awards and FAB Director
FDQ is a niche awarding organisation formed over 16 years ago and owned by a dedicated food training charity (ftc) offering over 200 qualifications for the food industry. FDQ’s portfolio offers the industry flexible vocational qualifications designed for full time learners and those in food related occupations and apprenticeships.
As FDQ Operations Director I have responsibility for the efficient running of FDQs’ operations including strategic planning, financial accounting, reporting and target setting. Alongside I have responsibility for implementing FDQs Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) operation that was of the first to be approved for the provision of offering end point assessments in January 2016. In addition my role at FDQ extends to keeping up to date with government and funding policy and disseminating related information to FDQ colleagues, board and centres.
In November 2014 I was honoured to be elected to the FAB Board providing a representative voice for smaller and specialist Awarding Organisations during turbulent times for the qualifications industry. In the last year I instigated and chaired a new special interest group at FAB aimed at AOs/Trade Bodies thinking about becoming Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations and the challenges that offering end point assessments will bring in the new world of trailblazer standards.
In my previous role as Head of Delivery for the Association of Employers and Learning Providers (AELP) I held several memberships including the SFA Further Education Technical Advisory Group and the group responsible for the development of the new simplified funding system. Prior to my time at AELP I worked for Improve, the Sector Skills Council for food and drink where I developed and was responsible for the implementation of the apprenticeship framework for food and drink. To complete the circle, I have also held the position of Director of Employer Engagement at a northern college where I set up food manufacturing provision from scratch. I believe that the various positions I have held over my career has developed a unique set of skills which give me a complete oversight of the skills landscape from policy through to delivery and most importantly the impact changes can have on learners.
My career within the skills world has developed a strong passion and grasp of the political landscape. I have been a regular on the circuit of political and representational meetings which has allowed me to forge strong relationships with key stakeholders.
I feel strongly that the future uncertainty in the education and skills sector requires the awarding sector to stand strong together and I would relish the opportunity to support the FAB Chair and board in driving through its objectives to ensure we are represented at all levels of the political tree.
I am a strong believer in sharing knowledge and using the power of mass representation as a means of influencing change, especially in these difficult times for the awarding sector. Working for a niche AO I have a real understanding of the impact political change has on daily operations, the industry we serve and learners developing their own careers. If appointed to the board I will work tirelessly to ensure that the views of the awarding sector are heard and considered.