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    FAB 2018 Conference, Awards and Exhibition

    The only two day event aimed at awarding and assessment organisation professionals.

    More informed, better connected.

18 & 19 October 2018, Marriott Hotel, Leicester 


Be more informed and better connected.

FAB 2018 will bring together over 350 experts in awarding and assessment organisations to network with peers and to discuss the issues that drive quality in qualifications and assessment.

This two day event is the unrivalled opportunity to hear from a wide range of headline and seminar speakers who will address a number of issues around the development and assessment of professional and technical qualifications.

Headline speakers

FAB 2018 will see a number of high profile speakers.  We look forward to sharing more details with you soon.



Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies

Tom Bewick is the chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB). Tom is passionate about the value of qualifications. He left school initially with just one pass grade at ‘O’ level – the equivalent of GCSE. But thanks to night school and a second chance he achieved a world-class bachelor’s degree and a public policy masters from the University of Bath.

Before his appointment in May 2018, Tom led various initiatives in the skills arena spanning a 25-year career. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he advised ministers on a range of post-16 education reforms, including the creation of sector skills councils.

As chief executive of the creative and cultural industries skills council from 2003-2010, Tom campaigned for changes to the apprenticeship system which led to the first creative apprenticeships being introduced to the sector. From 2011, Tom worked as a skills policy expert in the international arena, working on major reconstruction projects in places like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

In 2013, Tom’s expertise was recognised by the Urban Institute based in Washington D.C. and he joined a team advising the U.S. Department of Labor on the expansion of American apprenticeships. As founder of the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum (TAEF) and co-founder of the U.S. based firm, Franklin Apprenticeships, Tom continues to be recognised for his published works and policy influence on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chair's address

Chair's address

Paul Eeles, Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies

Paul Eeles was elected as the Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) on 20 October 2016, prior to which he was a Director of FAB since co-option in March 2014 and election in October 2014. Paul is the Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group (SEG) comprising ABC Awards, Certa and emfec.

Paul has 30 years’ experience in the post 16 skills sector, including seven years as a lecturer and 13 years managing work based learning with colleges and independent providers. Prior to his current role, Paul was the Chief Executive of the emfec group which incorporated emfec and ABC Awards. Paul has also worked at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) as Director of Sector Reforms and 14 to 19. Paul led nationally on policy reform related to 14-19, Apprenticeships, Machinery of Government Changes, Sector Skills Councils, Quality Improvement, Inspection, Qualification Reform and Workforce Reform. He served on several qualification committees of awarding bodies.

Paul holds a Degree in Business Management, jointly from The University of Central England and The Birmingham College of Food, a Post Graduate Diploma in Training Management from the University of Wolverhampton and a Masters in Personnel and Development from the University of Plymouth.

Title to be confirmed - The Regulator’s Perspective

Title to be confirmed - The Regulator’s Perspective

Phil Beach, Executive Director for Vocational Qualifications at Ofqual

Phil has responsibility for leading and delivering Ofqual’s strategic outcomes for vocational and technical qualifications. This includes the day-to-day regulation of a wide range of qualifications as well as leading Ofqual’s involvement in the reform of apprenticeships, T Levels and functional skills. He joined Ofqual in January 2015 as the Director of Strategic Relationships for General Qualifications. This was a new role in Ofqual that was established to help communicate with stakeholders across the General Qualifications community. Before this appointment, Phil served in the Royal Air Force with much of his recent career spent out of the cockpit focusing on command and leadership, strategy, policy and plans.

Title to be confirmed

Title to be confirmed

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Sir Gerry Berragan was a career soldier for 37 years, finishing as the Adjutant General, responsible for all Army personnel matters. Before this he was Director General for Personnel, and was the Director General Army Recruiting and Training for 3 years from 2008-11.

He has been involved in designing, delivering and evaluating training for most of his career and has always been passionate about gaining accreditation for the considerable skills training that soldiers undertake. He became the Army’s Apprentices Ambassador in 2008 to lead the effort that resulted in the Army becoming the largest apprenticeships provider in the country, offering more than 45 nationally-recognized training schemes. He brings this practical leadership experience of delivering high quality training and successful apprenticeships at scale to the appointment of Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

He is married to Karen and they have two adult sons. He is also Chairman of the Forces Pension Society, a not-for-profit membership organization providing advice and support to members of the Armed Forces Pension schemes.


Delegates can choose on the day which seminars to attend.  Details on seminar content will be announced soon.


FAB 2018 is sponsored by:

Conference sponsor

Conference sponsor

Awards sponsor

Awards sponsor