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    FAB 2017 Conference, Awards and Exhibition

    The only 2 day event aimed at those working in an awarding organisation.

    More informed, better connected.

    Sponsored by Coelrind

19 & 20 October 2017, Marriott Hotel, Leicester 


Why should I attend FAB 2017?

The FAB conference is the only annual two day event aimed at those working in an awarding organisation and others interested in awarding.

Speakers at the FAB conference will provide you with the latest industry information and as usual we have a selection of seminars providing the opportunity to discuss issues.

The FAB Awards dinner, now in its third year, is taking place on the evening of the first day of the conference.

Headline speakers

Paul Eeles

Paul Eeles

Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies
Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright

Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies
David Hughes

David Hughes

Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
Sally Collier

Sally Collier

Chief Regulator, Ofqual
Sue Garden

Sue Garden

Baroness Garden of Frognal
To be announced soon
To be announced soon
To be announced soon

Seminars (19 October)

 Delegates can choose on the day which two seminars to attend.  Other seminars to be announced soon.

Carl Creswell, Deputy Director Routes into Apprenticeships and Work, (DfE)

Carl Creswell, Deputy Director Routes into Apprenticeships and Work, (DfE)


Carl Creswell is Deputy Director for Routes into Apprenticeships and Work in the DfE Apprenticeships Directorate. This includes leading on Traineeships, Apprenticeships Standards and Public Sector Apprenticeships.

Until August 2015, Carl was responsible for UK competition policy and sponsoring the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Competition Appeal Tribunal. He led the complex project in BIS to launch the CMA in April 2014. Carl also chaired the Consumer Protection Partnership, working with the various consumer organisations that he sponsored (e.g. the Citizens Advice Services and National Trading Standards Board), to improve cross-working on consumer enforcement.

Carl’s previous roles working in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have included advising Ministers on employment law policy for vulnerable workers. From 2010 to 2012, he worked in the Labour Market Directorate, where he led the UK Government’s review of employment law. He was also responsible for dispute resolution policy and industrial relations law.

During his career, Carl has worked closely with Government Ministers on a range of policy issues, including overseeing the passage of the Communications Act and Enterprise Act through Parliament. He also has experience of operational delivery through running a corporate services team within the Department of Trade and Industry and leading the UK’s Employment Agency Standards inspectorate.

Prue Huddleston

Prue Huddleston

Building a professional awarding sector

Given the shifting and turbulent vocational education, training and skills policy environment there is an urgent need to build a professional awarding sector; meeting this need is long overdue. Those working within the sector should be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to understand, develop and deliver high stakes assessment; to influence policy; to have access to high quality professional development opportunities and engagement with the assessment research community.

This presentation will outline the ways in which FAB, through its Assessment Advisory Group, has been working towards achieving these aims and will focus in particular on the development of the Qualification Manager’s Handbook.

Janet Ryland, Head of Technical and Professional Education at the Skills Funding Agency

Janet Ryland, Head of Technical and Professional Education at the Skills Funding Agency

Topic to be confirmed

Cassy Taylor, Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales

Cassy Taylor, Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales

An update on Qualifications Wales’ programme of Sector Reviews

Cassy Taylor is Qualifications Wales’ Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications) where she leads on the organisation’s Vocational Strategy and, in particular, the programme of Sector Reviews. Cassy joined Qualifications Wales from Welsh Government where she played a lead role in the establishment of Qualifications Wales, in particular the Qualifications Wales Act and the organisation design. Cassy has worked in the education and training sector for over 25 years. For Welsh Government she worked on a review of 14-19 learning in Wales before taking on the regulation of general qualifications between 2008 and 2012. Her previous roles include quality management in further and higher education in England and as a Qualifications Manager at the OCR awarding body in the late 1990s. Cassy has also worked extensively in the vocational training field specialising in the development of, and support for, open learning in the health and care sector.

Seminars (20 October)

 Delegates can choose on the day which two seminars to attend.  Other seminars to be announced soon.

Denise Edens, Edens Education

Denise Edens, Edens Education

Words matter in qualification development

In this seminar we will consider the importance of words when we develop a new qualification, focusing in particular on choosing appropriate verbs to write effective assessment criteria.

If you’re about to develop a new qualification and your development skills are a bit rusty or you haven’t developed one before, or if you simply want to understand why your colleagues in the Qualification Development team seem to spend so long writing, honing and refining a new qualification, pop along to this enlightening seminar.

Andrew Lloyd Gordon, Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker & Trainer

Andrew Lloyd Gordon, Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker & Trainer

Social media and awarding bodies - everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Hate it or love it, Social Media isn't going away anytime soon.

To a greater or lesser extent, the audiences you want to reach and the stakeholders you want to influence, all use Social Media in one form or another.

In this interactive workshop, you'll discover how to think about Social Media strategically. You'll come away understanding the essential principles for success. And you'll also be given lots of practical tips and suggestions you can use straight away in your Social Media Marketing.

Andrew is an experienced digital marketing consultant, speaker and trainer. From launching dot-com start-ups in the mid-90s, he went on to work with just about every type of organisation both large and small, public and private. Andrew is also a trainer for Google's Digital Academy.

Justin Edwards (CEO), Roger McCune (Head of Regulation) and Terri McComiskey (Education Manager) at CCEA

Justin Edwards (CEO), Roger McCune (Head of Regulation) and Terri McComiskey (Education Manager) at CCEA

Regulation in Northern Ireland - all you need to know

CCEA is the regulator for all qualifications offered to Learners in Northern Ireland.

The session will allow us to outline the nature and scope of the Qualifications market in Northern Ireland, and how we will regulate the qualifications offered to our learners. Ways to enhance the curriculum for 14-19 year olds in Schools here will be discussed.

The Department of the Economy (DfE) is implementing ambitious plans for new traineeships and apprenticeships and these will be summarised. We also want to hear from your views about qualifications and how we can best support your place in the Northern Ireland market.

Lesley Davies OBE, Principal and Chief Executive

Lesley Davies OBE, Principal and Chief Executive

Opportunities for international trade

Lesley Davies OBE has recently taken over the reins as Principal & Chief Executive at one of Manchester’s leading educational providers, Trafford College.

Former Senior Vice President at the UK’s largest awarding body, Pearson UK and previously Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in education to the region.

Prior to joining Pearson, Lesley worked for the Association of Colleges (AOC), where she was Deputy Chief Executive. Her background is in teaching, in inspection and in policy development. Before her role at AoC she was National Director for the Framework for Excellence and Quality at the Learning and Skills Council. At the Adult Learning Inspectorate she was responsible for the national inspection programme and the organisation’s commercial division.

Lesley has also worked extensively overseas, advising governments on the introduction and development of vocational education systems and quality assurance and improvement mechanisms. In 2015 she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH The Queen for services to education.

Lesley is currently the Chair of the UK Skills Partnership Group and Chair of the Trafford Youth Trust.

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FAB 2017 Exhibitors

A1 Security Print
Adare Inspired Communications
Advanced Secure
Alpha Plus
Apech Systems Ltd
British Council
Cirrus Assessment
Digital Assess
Portico Consulting
Secure and Confidential Documents
TPP Recruitment


  • It was hugely worthwhile investing the time and money in attending the conference as I gained a lot of very useful information and met people who are key to my business. It was good to have a choice of seminars and the whole event seemed to run very smoothly...
  • A very interesting conference with much gained...
  • I think you did an excellent job with this year's conference - best one yet...
  • Much food for thought which will influence my thinking in the very near future...