FAB announces changes to the board

LONDON — 19th Feb 2021/ — Following his retirement as Chief Executive of RSL Awards (RockSchool) Ltd, the Federation announces that John Simpson will be stepping down from his FAB non-executive director role in the spring.

The vacancy created by John’s departure will be taken up by Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Apprenticeships and BTECs, at Pearson. This role will be on an interim basis, initially, until the AGM of the Federation take place in November, when open elections for board vacancies are usually held.

FAB co-chairs, Kirstie Donnelly MBE and Alan Woods OBE, said:

“We’d like to thank John for his excellent 6 years of service in support of the industry as a FAB board member. There’s been a lot of challenge and change for the sector in that time and John has made an invaluable contribution every step of the way. The whole board and executive team wishes him well in his retirement and forthcoming sailing circumnavigation. ”

“We’d also like to welcome Cindy to the board. As a platinum partner, Pearson has been a massive supporter of FAB over the past 2 years helping to strategically shape the organisation. Cindy’s appointment to the board will ensure FAB continues to be a leading voice for technical and vocational education in the U.K. and overseas. Cindy brings a wealth of experience spanning the commercial private sector and wider FE skills ecosystem.”

John Simpson, said:

“Although challenging at times, I have enjoyed working on the FAB board and helping progress this amazing organisation. Over the last 6 years I have seen FAB move to position front and centre in the awarding sector, especially leading the work with Ofqual and the DfE. It has been a privilege to help shape the course of events and work with such a dedicated executive team. With all the current turmoil and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the clear leadership FAB continues to show is enormously important for learners, centres and all awarding organisations. I wish them all good wishes for the future.’’

Cindy Rampersaud, said:

“I am pleased to be joining the board of FAB and to continue the close working relationship with the organisation and other awarding organisations. Over the last year FAB have played an important role in working closely with all stakeholders in the sector to minimise the impact of COVID on learners and customers; it has been a turbulent past twelve months.

“As we move towards a new norm, continued leadership and close collaboration across the sector will be crucial, as we look to restarting our economy and ensure access and progression for all learners.”


The formal press release can be accessed here.