About us

VISION

Our vision is of a powerful trade association representing the collective interests of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry. We envisage a world in which higher-quality technical, professional and vocational education, results in stronger public confidence in what we do.

MISSION

Our mission is to be the collective voice of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry.

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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES 2018-2023

Raise the value of qualifications and assessments so that policy-makers and the wider public understand the transformative role our members play in improving the UK’s education and skills landscape.

Influence the on-going apprenticeship reforms in England by ensuring that a more consistent and single quality assurance framework is adopted in relation to end-point assessment.

Contribute to the successful roll-out of new T-Levels in England by encouraging diversity and market choice for educators, employers and students.

Mitigate the risks of regulatory impact and cost burdens on our members by acting pro-actively and earlier in discussions with government and regulators, UK-wide.

Support all our members in a time of rapid change and promote the export growth and potential of the industry internationally.

OUR MEMBERS

The Federation is the collective voice of the awarding and assessment sector. Our full members are awarding organisations and end-point assessment organisations that are regulated by one of the public regulators governing qualifications in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (i.e. Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales and CCEA).

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The Federation of Awarding Bodies is the collective voice of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry. Join our network today to be part of a powerful trade association. By working together, we can help you realise your goals of providing a world-class qualifications and assessment offer to your customers.

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Tom Bewick

CHIEF EXECUTIVE & COMPANY SECRETARY

Tom Bewick is the Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, the collective voice of the UK’s world-class qualifications and assessment industry. 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.

Ailin O'Cathain

Ailin O’Cathain

Head of Policy

Sarah Allen

Events and Administrative Assistant

Karen Daws

Karen Daws

Head of Operations & Membership

Emma Evans

Emma Evans

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Ellie Hanson

Ellie Hanson

Digital and Marketing Advisor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul Eeles

CHAIR

Chief Executive Officer at Skills and Education Group

Paul Eeles was elected as the Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies on 20 October 2016, prior to which he was a Director of the Federation since co-option in March 2014 and election in October 2014.

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.

Terry Fennell

VICE CHAIR

Chief Executive and Responsible Officer at FDQ Ltd

Terry Fennell was elected as Vice Chair of FAB in October 2016 and has been on the Federation’s Board of Directors since his election in October 2014.

As FDQ Chief Executive, Terry has responsibility for the efficient running of FDQs’ operations including strategic planning, financial accounting, reporting and target setting. He also has responsibility for keeping up to date with government and funding policy and disseminating related information to FDQ colleagues, board and centres.

Simon James

TREASURER

Chief Financial Officer at Institute for the Motor Industry

Simon James was elected as Treasurer of the Federation in October 2018.

Simon brings practical and technical knowledge gained in CFO, Finance and Risk roles over the last 27 years, Awarding Body environment in the last 3 years and Qualified Chartered Accountant and MBA studies.

Tom Bewick

COMPANY SECRETARY

Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Tom Bewick is the Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Federation of Awarding Bodies. 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.

Carol Snape

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chief Executive Officer at Gateway Qualifications

Carol Snape has been the CEO of Gateway Qualifications since February 2009 and led the company through a significant change programme in that time. Today Gateway Qualifications has nearly 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications, including vocational, ESOL and apprenticeships along with 89 Access to HE validated Diplomas.

Vida Stewart

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Laser Learning Awards

Vida has worked in education for over 25 years, of which over 20 have been working directly for, or very closely with, AOs.  She is currently Deputy CEO at Laser Learning Awards, working closely with the CEO on strategy, planning, budget setting, financial management and leadership of the organisation, and she has responsibility for Ofqual regulated, and unregulated, business.

Rob May

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chief Executive Officer at ABE Qualifications

Rob has more than 15 years experience driving strategic, operational and commercial efforts in the awarding sector, having held senior positions at OCR, City & Guilds, YMCA Awards and currently as the CEO of the Association of Business Executives (ABE), a UK-based non-profit offering international business qualifications.

John Simpson

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chief Executive Officer at ABE Qualifications

John’s background is in commerce – not AOs and he has experience of running a number of different companies both in the UK and internationally. John has sat on a number of different boards of businesses and is also a governor at Southampton Solent University.

Charlotte Bosworth

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Managing Director at Innovate Awarding

Charlotte is Managing Director of Innovate Awarding. Charlotte was previously Director of Skills and Employment at OCR Examinations/Cambridge Assessment. Charlotte’s career within Education commenced in 1996 with RSA Examinations Board and she has vast experience in curriculum, assessment and qualification design.

Fiona Summers

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Head of Quality and Compliance at YMCA Awards

Fiona has worked in education for 20 years, originally in Higher Education as a Lecturer and Researcher and in the Awarding Organisation Sector since 2010, specialising in quality assurance, assessment validity and regulatory compliance. In 2015 she joined YMCA Awards where she heads up the quality and compliance functions across the organisation.

Edith Devoy

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Director of Operations and Responsible Officer

Edith has worked within the Awarding Organisation industry for over 25 years.  Her career within Awarding Organisations began in 1993 with RSA Examinations Board (later to become OCR), where she worked across many qualification types including GNVQs, Key Skills, National Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Paul Byrne

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chief Operating Officer at CABWI Awarding Body

Paul is Chief Operating Officer of CABWI Awarding Body, responsible for the day to day running of all aspects of the business.  CABWI is a small awarding organisation providing vocational qualifications to the water and utilities industry, with a clear focus on the engineering sector, that has its own challenges.

Kirstie Donnelly, MBE

Group Managing Director at City & Guilds

Kirstie Donnelly is Group Managing Director at City & Guilds Group, responsible for City & Guilds, ILM and DigitalMe brands operating globally. She joined City & Guilds Group in 2011 and has worked at the forefront of skills and education for 30 years.

About Awarding Bodies

Awarding bodies design, develop, deliver and award the recognition of learning outcomes of learners following an assessment

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About Qualifications

A qualification gives a reliable indication of a learner’s knowledge, skills or understanding, as demonstrated through a reliable assessment method

Find out more about qualifications

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