FAB 2019 Confirmed Speakers and Programme Topics / Themes

You can view the conference agenda here.

Keynote Speakers

Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Tom Bewick

Tom is passionate about the value of qualifications. He left school with just one ‘O’ level but thanks to night school achieved a world-class bachelor’s degree and a public policy masters from the University of Bath.

Tom has led various skills initiatives in his 25 year career. In the 1990s he advised ministers on post-16 education, including the creation of sector skills councils. He spent seven years as CEO of Creative and Cultural Skills where he introduced the first creative apprenticeships. From 2011, Tom worked as a skills expert in the international arena, leading major projects around the world.

In 2013, Tom was part of an advisory team to the U.S. government working on the expansion of apprenticeships. As founder of the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum and co-founder of U.S. firm, Franklin Apprenticeships, Tom continues to be recognised for his publications and policy influence on both sides of the Atlantic.


Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Paul Eeles

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the post16 skills sector, including seven years as a lecturer and 13 years managing work based learning with colleges and independent providers. Before becoming our Chief Executive, Paul worked at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) as Director of Sector Reforms and 14 to 19. Paul is also the Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).

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.


UCL Institute of Education

Professor Martin Doel CBE

The Future of FE and Qualifications for Young People and Adults.

The current focus on reforming technical education has been gathering momentum and attention since at least 2011 with the successive publication for the Wolf Review, Richard Review, Productivity Plan, Sainsbury Review and the Industrial Strategy. But nowhere in these successive documents have the differences between technical education and other forms of education been properly defined and explored. Without such differentiation, the current reform programme risks repeating the experience of previous attempts to prioritise technical education, stretching back over a hundred years, whereby the ingrained bias toward academic and theoretical learning distorts practical and applied learning.

Key points delegates will take away:

  • Technical Education has its own rigour and must not be judged by pre-existing academic standards
  • Qualifications need to reflect this distinctive rigour if they are to be long-lasting and effective

About Martin:
After training as a teacher, Martin joined the RAF and served for 28 years, leaving in 2008 as the Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services. After leaving the RAF, Martin was appointed as Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges. He left the AoC in 2016 to become the first Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills at UCL Institute of Education. Most lately he has been Interim Chair of West Kent and Ashford College.


Principal and CEO of Leicester College

Verity Hancock

FE Funding and the impact of Augar

Verity will briefly reflect on the headlines from Philip Augar’s report, discuss some of the key implications for the sector and speculate about what will happen to the report’s recommendations amid the current political turbulence.

About Verity:
Verity has been the Principal and CEO of Leicester College since January 2013. She is a Board member of the Office for Students, a Trustee of the Skills and Education Group and of the National Space Centre and is also on the Board of her Local Enterprise Partnership.


National Programme Manager, Health Education England

Lucy Hunte

The Impact and Expectations of employers in terms of qualifications and assessment.

The NHS is a sector that is heavy with governance and mandated qualifications required by regulators and professions to ensure safety and quality of patient care and service user experience. Employers expect assurance that the qualification is an indicator of competence, that the qualification is transferable and that assessment is completed by occupationally competent assessors.

Key points delegates will take away:

Understanding of the need for early engagement with employers and the importance of partnership working with good contractual processes.

About Lucy:
Lucy has worked in the training and education sector for over 20 years. For the past 3 years working for Health Education England offering strategic support to the NHS on all aspects of apprenticeship development, delivery and implementation. She is very passionate about apprenticeships as a great tool to recruit new talent but also as a way to upskill the existing workforce and offer career pathways and progression.


Chief Regulator, Ofqual

Sally Collier

Ofqual regulatory update | Panel session with UK Qualification regulators

Key points delegates will take away:

• An update from the Regulator
• What’s happening with VTQ regulation in England
• How Ofqual is shaping AO practice and listening to feedback

About Sally:
Sally Collier is chief regulator for the Office of qualifications and examinations regulation. Sally is an experienced leader of government bodies including being the first chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, the UK’s largest government buying organisation transacting £13 billion of government spend. She was also the managing director of the Government Procurement Service. Sally’s career spans over 20 years in the civil service in a variety of senior roles, mostly commercial roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


Former chair of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice in 2018-19

Sir John Dunford

Reducing malpractice in exams and assessments

In this brief presentation, the chair of the Independent Commission will outline the main recommendations for awarding bodies of vocational qualifications. Malpractice in centre-based assessment and in written examinations will be outlined, with technology increasingly being abused for malpractice and used to combat it.

About John:
John was chair of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice in 2018-19. Prior to that he was a teacher of mathematics, head of a secondary comprehensive school in Durham (1982-98), general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (1998-2010) and National Pupil Premium Champion (2013-15). He has written extensively on national education policy over the last 25 years.


Senior Manager, Business Partner, People and Culture, GB Early Careers

Sharon Blyfield

Lifelong Learning

Sharon has been in the business for 24 years in a variety of functions and roles. She joined the business as part of the Cadbury Schweppes Finance head office team, then made the transition across to Coca-Cola and Schweppes and moved into the world of commercial field sales. Her third (and she says hopefully final!) career was a move into HR covering all elements of Supply Chain and now heading up the Coca-Cola European Partners Early Careers agenda for Great Britain. Having spent the majority of her career developing young talent at the start of their careers, her current remit fits perfectly with her passion to create opportunities to support the next generation of young leaders in industry.


Director of Quality, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds

Patrick Craven


Deputy Director, Technical Education and Qualifications Reform Division Department for Education

Lucy Andrew

Overview of technical education reforms

The objective of this presentation is to update delegates on DfE work relating to technical education reforms. This will include T Levels and the transition programme, the review of post-16 qualifications at levels 3 and below and the review of higher technical education (level 4 and 5). Delegates will hear the latest developments and key next steps.

About Lucy:
Lucy has responsibility for the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, and the transition programme for T Levels. She works closely with colleagues in DfE who oversee T Levels and those involved in the review of higher technical education. She works part-time, in a jobshare with Angela Fairchild.


Director, NCFE

Julie Hyde

Challenges and opportunities of growing an Awarding Body

Panel session – Challenges and opportunities of growing an Awarding Body


Head of Policy, Federation of Awarding Bodies

Rebecca Conway

Managing the policy landscape: Introducing FAB’s new approach

This short presentation will provide an introduction to the Federation’s new approach to policy making. Rebecca will present an overview of the new member-led policy making process and outline her key priorities for the next twelve months. This is an opportunity to hear from Rebecca before she formally joins the Federation in November and to share your thoughts on policy-related matters.

About Rebecca:
Rebecca Conway will take up the post of Head of Policy and Strategy for FAB in November. She joins the Federation from Cambridge Assessment where she worked as an assessment specialist on education reform projects and as an academic supervisor on a postgraduate qualification for assessment professionals.  


Chair, The Independent Apprenticeship Group and Former Chair of the Education Select Committee

Neil Carmichael

The Independent Apprenticeship Policy Group | Panel discussion – Apprenticeships

• Education and skills system facing multiple challenges – low productivity and skills shortages, changing skills needs, demographic change and ageing workforce, and implications of Brexit.
• Apprenticeships and skills have risen up political agenda. Have made enormous strides.
• Skills policy moves fast, often before we have chance to consider success of new measures. Need to understand what is and isn’t working. At same time, we need policy to evolve to meet skills needs.
• Delighted to be appointed Chair of IAPG, sponsored by Pearson. Group brings together expertise to provide clear and independent overview of challenges facing apprenticeship system and generate practical solutions.

Key points delegates will take away:

  • It is so important that we keep talking about and promoting the skills agenda – we have a history in this country of not recognising its importance which has an impact on our talented students, our employers, and our economy.
  • There is good reason to be positive about the direction of travel, but we need to keep the dialogue open, between experts, the people on the ground, to ensure the levers we have in place are producing the results we need, whether we are making the best use of this huge investment from employers and the public sector.

About Neil:
Neil, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham, and UCL, is Chair of the Independent Apprenticeship Policy Group, Chief Executive of UCEC, and consultant with the Westminster Foundation of Democracy. He was MP for Stroud (2010-17), and sat on and chaired the Education Select Committee. Neil frequently appears in the media and speaks on education, Europe and the environment.


Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson Education

Cindy Rampersaud

The role of lifelong learning and career focused education, importance past and future | Panel discussion – Apprenticeships

Over half of 16-18’s & many more adults achieve intermediate vocational qualifications each year. I have been thinking about the many brilliant individuals that I worked with in industry prior to moving into education in 2011 and since in education. So many of my colleagues in the media sector and in education went college & took a vocational course – accessing employment, growing, contributing to businesses & wider society. The value of vocational education at an individual & broader economic level has been evident for decades so why do we still ignore this or question whether it is good enough?

Key points delegates will take away:

  • Should we be tackling the snobbery and prejudice towards this pathway with facts – economic value added, learner access and progression supported. 
  • Is now the time to take stock, look at the real value of this pathway & ‘tweak’, ‘fine tune’ rather than throw the baby out with the bath water (to quote a wise ex Education Minister)

About Cindy:
Cindy is currently Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson Education where she is responsible for the development of all Pearson’s UK technical, vocational and apprenticeship qualifications which are delivered to over one million learners a year. Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College.


Panel Sessions

Panel session with UK Qualification regulators

Dr Fiona Summers

Facilitated by Fiona Summers, Head of Quality and Responsible Officer for YMCA Awards and Chair of FAB Regulatory Impact Group

Dr Fiona Summers is Head of Quality and Responsible Officer for YMCA Awards. Elected to the FAB Board of Directors in October 2017, she chairs FAB’s Regulatory Impact Group. Fiona has worked in education for 20 years, as a lecturer in Higher Education and in the AO sector since 2010.


Sally Collier

Sally Collier is chief regulator for the Office of qualifications and examinations regulation. Sally is an experienced leader of government bodies including being the first chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, the UK’s largest government buying organisation transacting £13 billion of government spend. She was also the managing director of the Government Procurement Service. Sally’s career spans over 20 years in the civil service in a variety of senior roles, mostly commercial roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


Phil Beach

Phil is Executive Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications at Ofqual. He joined Ofqual in January 2015 as the Director of Strategic Relationships for General Qualifications. 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.


Cassy Taylor

Director of Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

Cassy has led on the ground-breaking review and reform of vocational qualifications in Wales since the establishment of Qualifications Wales in 2015. She has previously worked for Government, Universities, Further Education Colleges, an awarding body, a local authority and a national open learning organisation, totalling 30 years’ experience in training and assessment.


Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards has been Chief Executive of CCEA, Northern Ireland’s Curriculum and Qualifications body, since 2014. CCEA provides curriculum advice and educational assessment. It also provides over 90% of the GCSE and A-Level qualifications taken in Northern Ireland. Prior to joining CCEA, Justin worked in Further and Higher Education. Justin was Assistant Chief Executive at Belfast Metropolitan College, Director of Curriculum at Southern Regional College and Director at the Learning and Skills Development Agency.


George Brown

George has overseen a number of changes within the accreditation function including the credit rating of Scottish Vocational Qualifications for the SCQF, the extension of the accreditation function and the move from a rule-based approach to regulation to one that is principle-based. George is a member of a variety of external and is the Scottish contact for EQAVET (European Quality Assurance framework for Vocational Education and Training).

George graduated from the University of St Andrews with a BSc in Psychology. In 2013, he graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with an MSc (Merit) in Regulation, Inspection and Improvement.


Challenges and opportunities of growing an Awarding Body

Rob May

Facilitated by Rob May, Chief Executive, Association of Business Executives and Chair of FAB International Group

Rob has spent 15 years overseeing change initiatives in the awarding sector and has held senior roles with some of the sector’s best-known brands. Rob is Chief Executive at ABE, a specialist awarding organisation focusing on business and entrepreneurship education. Rob is a Non-Executive Director at FAB and Chair of the FAB International Forum.


Jenny Patrickson

Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director of Active IQ, has over 30 years’ experience within the education and physical activity sectors, leading the development of specialist health and fitness related awarding organisations to achieve growth and excellence in service provision. Jenny has been responsible for strategic operations, business development, quality and business process improvement for technical and vocational qualification provision, including the establishment of an end-point assessment service for a diverse range of apprenticeship standards. With a BA (Hons) in Adult Education, a range of vocational qualifications and having also worked within the education provider environment, Jenny is committed to the need for creative, flexible and high-quality qualification provision for the physical activity sector.


Vanessa Howell

Head of Professional Standards, Chartered Institute of Housing

Vanessa started her career as a teacher in adult education, has worked with several awarding bodies and the qualifications regulator, working on qualifications, standards and assessments. Since joining CIH Vanessa has taken responsibility for the organisation’s work in developing and maintaining professional standards for CIH members and the housing industry.


Andrew Walker

Managing Director, TQUK

Training Qualifications UK has seen significant growth since our Ofqual approval back in 2013 all under the leadership of Andrew. In the past two years we’ve opened two international business hubs and expanded our offer to include end-point assessment services for more than 30 apprenticeship standards.


Julie Hyde

Director, NCFE


Apprenticeships

Charlotte Bosworth

Facilitated by Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding and Chair of FAB EPAO Operational Group


Cindy Rampersaud

Cindy is currently Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson Education where she is responsible for the development of all Pearson’s UK technical, vocational and apprenticeship qualifications which are delivered to over one million learners a year. Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College.


Neil Carmichael

Neil, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham, and UCL, is Chair of the Independent Apprenticeship Policy Group, Chief Executive of UCEC, and consultant with the Westminster Foundation of Democracy. He was MP for Stroud (2010-17), and sat on and chaired the Education Select Committee. Neil frequently appears in the media and speaks on education, Europe and the environment.


Chinara Rustamova

Chinara Rustamova is the Senior Policy Advisor for Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). She oversees the education and skills policy and research of the FSB’s Westminster Office and is the author of the report, Fit for the Future: Making the Apprenticeship System Work for Small Businesses.


Day One Seminars

Matthew Humphrey & Rosalind Jackson

Developments in Enforcement

Matt and Rosalind will provide an overview of developments in Ofqual’s approach to enforcement and an update on the Accountability for Awards work.

Key points delegates will take away:

An understanding of the key changes being proposed to the ‘Taking Regulatory Action’ policy


An update on Ofqual’s consultation introducing centre assessment standards scrutiny

An overview of the role of Ofqual’s legal team

About the Legal Moderation and Enforcement Team: The Legal Moderation and Enforcement Team is responsible for deploying Ofqual’s enforcement powers in the most appropriate and effective way to support the overall Regulatory Strategy.

About Matthew:
Matthew is the Director of Legal, Moderation and Enforcement at Ofqual. He is responsible for leading on the strategic direction of Ofqual’s approach to enforcement action and is currently consulting on the proposed changes to Ofqual’s ‘Taking Regulatory Action’ enforcement policy. Matthew has been with Ofqual for over 6 years. He is a barrister with previous experience in criminal law.

About Rosalind:
Rosalind is the Associate Director of Legal, Moderation and Enforcement. She is responsible for leading on the operational delivery of Ofqual’s enforcement activity and supporting with the development of Ofqual’s enforcement strategy. Rosalind joined Ofqual in September 2018. She is a solicitor with previous experience in criminal law and professional regulation.


Laura Jayne Walkerdine & Andy Crone

Accreditation and Regulation in Scotland

Laura and Andy will talk to you about how SQA Accreditation accredit and regulate vocational qualifications in Scotland. This will provide information on how they regulate approved awarding bodies and will include details of how prospective awarding bodes can come forward for approval. They will also talk about how they accredit and manage the qualifications that their awarding bodies bring forward for approval. This will encompass their involvement in the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and their relationships with Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in developing and approving qualification products.

About Laura:
Laura Walkerdine works with SQA Accreditation as the Senior Regulation Manager. Laura is responsible for a team of 6 whom deliver all audit and quality assurance activity for approved awarding bodies delivering SQA accredited qualifications. This involves managing and delivering against all aspects of SQA Accreditation’s Regulatory Framework. Laura has worked within the regulation sector for over 9 years and has a demonstrated history of working within government administration industries.

About Andy:
Andy Crone is the Senior Accreditation Manager at SQA Accreditation managing the team responsible for the quality assurance and approval of National Occupational Standards (NOS), Scottish Vocational Qualifications and the accredited qualifications of approved Awarding Bodies’. He is also a member of the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) Sub-Group, which evaluates Scottish Modern Apprenticeship framework proposals prior to their submission to MAG.


Claire Benham

Commercial opportunities for awarding organisations

An opportunity to find out where to find cross government tender opportunities, and some of the Education and Skills opportunities currently available. How DfE commissions services including the various routes to market currently in use. A high level timeline for the commissioning of Wave 3 T levels and lessons learned from the wave 2 tender round.

About Claire:
Claire Benham is the current Department for Education Commercial Director. Claire studied at Plymouth University in the years 1992-1995, graduating with a BSc in Politics. Following her graduation, Claire began her career in purchasing within Manufacturing, in the heart of Birmingham. Then moving into Construction, she worked within a Guinness world record team for the largest free-standing scaffold on what is now the O2 arena in London.


Sir John Dunford

A pro-active approach to reducing malpractice

In this seminar, the Independent Commission recommendations will be discussed in more detail than in the main session, with opportunities for awarding body representatives to exchange good practice in preventing malpractice by both staff and candidates. The ethical context in which the report was set was the basis for many of the recommendations, with responsibility shared between awarding bodies and heads of centre. Good communications between awarding bodies and centres are key to preventing malpractice.

Key points delegates will take away:

• Preventing malpractice is the responsibility of everyone in the system – awarding body staff, heads of centre, centre staff and candidates
• Communications from awarding bodies to centres should be reviewed and improved

About John:
John was chair of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice in 2018-19. Prior to that he was a teacher of mathematics, head of a secondary comprehensive school in Durham (1982-98), general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (1998-2010) and National Pupil Premium Champion (2013-15). He has written extensively on national education policy over the last 25 years.


Justin Edwards & Sharon King

Qualifications for Northern Ireland: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities | Panel session with UK Qualification regulators

The pace of change in the vocational qualifications space has always been brisk, as it responds to rapidly changing technology, industry and the increasing need for diversity of skills.

Recently, however, there has been a particularly significant change as vocational qualifications have undergone reforms in England and, to an extent, in Wales. It is within this context of change in parts of the UK that Northern Ireland is reviewing its provision of vocational qualifications.

This presents challenges, as central to the review must be a focus on providing relevant and engaging qualifications that not only develop the skills of learners, but future proof the Northern Ireland economy.
The opportunities change brings must always be optimised and with this in mind CCEA Regulation is working in partnership with DfE (NI) to evaluate vocational provision in NI and to explore options going forward. Some of these options may be radical and innovative, but the opportunity has presented itself to be creative and dynamic in solutions, which is to be welcomed.

Key points delegates will take away:

• The changing landscape of vocational qualifications has presented challenges and opportunities for NI
• The solutions must be rooted in developing and engaging learners; and meeting the needs of the current and future economy

About Justin:
Justin Edwards has been Chief Executive of CCEA, Northern Ireland’s Curriculum and Qualifications body, since 2014. CCEA provides curriculum advice and educational assessment. It also provides over 90% of the GCSE and A-Level qualifications taken in Northern Ireland. Prior to joining CCEA, Justin worked in Further and Higher Education. Justin was Assistant Chief Executive at Belfast Metropolitan College, Director of Curriculum at Southern Regional College and Director at the Learning and Skills Development Agency.

About Sharon:
In 2018, Sharon was appointed CCEA’s Head of Regulation. She has a background in teaching, having taught history to A level for 12 years. Having completed a Master of Education degree, Sharon joined CCEA in 2000 as Principal Officer for history, working on the revised NI curriculum and leading the revision of GCE and GCSE history specifications.


Emma Dowden-Teale & Mindy Jhittay

Equality and Awarding Organisations – your legal and regulatory obligations

The Equality Act prevents Awarding Organisations and others from discrimination in provision of their services. Awarding Organisations are also subject to specific duties under the Equality Act, and compliance is a condition of regulation by Ofqual. This means that Awarding Organisations which do not understand and apply their obligations may not only be challenged by individual claimants but may also face regulatory scrutiny.

Key points delegates will take away:

The Equality Act, as it applies to AOs, including the obligation to make reasonable adjustments

Regulatory obligations under Ofqual’s General Conditions of Recognition

Potential sanctions for breach of the Equality Act and the General Conditions of Recognition – and how to avoid them.

About Emma:
Emma is a partner at Bates Wells, where she advises on all aspects of regulatory and public law, both contentious and advisory, including in respect of equality duties, human rights, safeguarding, public procurement and inquests. Within Emma’s broader practice, she leads Bates Wells’ sector groups in Safeguarding, Awarding Organisations and Equalities. Independent legal directory Legal 500 describes Emma as “‘someone in whom clients feel complete confidence’, standing out for her niche expertise in awarding body regulation”.

About Mindy:
Mindy is an associate in Bates Wells’ Dispute Resolution team, where she has a particular interest in equality and anti-discrimination law, as well as supporting clients in dealing with fraud. She also leads Bates Wells’ initiatives to improve gender equality.


Day Two Seminars

Associate Director, Standards Vocational and technical qualifications, Ofqual

Min Ding

Centre controls: the current state of play

You will have heard from the previous day about Ofqual’s consultation on the arrangements AOs should have with their centres to scrutinise centres’ marking of assessments. It is equally important for AOs to maintain other forms of controls to monitor their centres in order to uphold standards in qualifications. Min will provide an overview of lessons learned from audits of AOs’ centre controls, including centre approvals, subcontracting arrangements and conflict of interest. She will also give an update on our forthcoming work on our understanding of delivery of on demand assessments and how you can get involved.

Key points delegates will take away:

  • Learning lessons from centre control audits
  • Current state of play with regards to centre approvals subcontracting and conflict of interest
  • Monitoring of delivery of on demand assessments and invigilation

About Min:
Min Ding is the Associate Director for Standards in Vocational and Technical Qualifications at Ofqual. She is responsible for ensuring standards in vocational and technical qualifications delivery, and for ensuring that supervision regimes are designed to meet strategic outcomes.


Jonathan Ledger MIOD MCMI DipRSA

Exporting Really Is Great

This session will help Awarding Organisations ‘de-risk’ their thinking around exports and will provide insights into the UK’s export and trade strategy. Case studies demonstrating export excellence and learning about the current opportunities available in the skills export market will also be covered. Opportunities for discussion and Q&A.

Key points delegates will take away:

• Updates on export support available
• Market insights
• Strategic export approaches.

About Jonathan:
Jonathan is the Global Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Specialist for the Department for International Trade Education team. Jonathan’s expertise is used to lead the development of international TVET opportunities for UK suppliers, developing the UK TVET export capacity, and promoting the UK’s capabilities in the sector.

The UK Government’s International Education Strategy sets out ambitions to increase the number of organisations exporting and to increase the value of those exports. Globally, the education sector offers huge growth potential for those UK suppliers wishing to extend their business portfolio and to reach further.

Special Opportunity:

Jonathan Ledger, Global Technical and Vocational Education and Training Specialist from The Department for International Trade Education Team is offering FAB conference attendees the opportunity to spend a few minutes on a one to one basis to discuss exporting, and to provide advice, guidance and market information.

Slots are strictly a maximum of 15 minutes each. Please book your export surgery slot direct with Jonathan at jonathan.ledger@trade.gov.uk


Associate, Bates Wells

Rachel Mathieson

Employment status and IR35

Overview of seminar:

• Why employment status matters
• How to distinguish an employee from a worker
• Overview of recent case law
• A history of IR35
• Risk determinators in IR35
• Where the liability sits

Key points delegates will take away:

  • How to distinguish an employee from a worker
  • How to avoid IR35 risk

About Rachel:
Rachel is an associate in Bates Wells’ Employment team, where she advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for both employer and employee clients across a wide range of sectors. . She recently successfully represented two Uber drivers in a landmark Court of Appeal case on employment status. Rachel practices in negotiation of exits, advising on restrictive covenants and advising employers on dismissals including discrimination issues and will share with you: Why employment status matters, How to distinguish an employee from a worker, Overview of recent case law,  A history of IR35, Risk determinators in IR35, Where the liability sits.


Director of Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

Cassy Taylor

Vocational Qualifications Policy and Reform in Wales | Panel session with UK Qualification regulators

Cassy will provide an overview of vocational qualifications review and reform in Wales and an insight into Qualifications Wales’ approach to vocational and technical qualifications. The progress and findings of the programme of Sector Reviews will be covered, together with emerging approaches to vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds (in the context of Curriculum Reform), 16-19 year olds (in the context of changes elsewhere in the UK) and apprenticeships. Delegates will have an opportunity to question and discuss the position in Wales and to identify how they might be able to respond to the opportunities that this may present.

Key points delegates will take away:

  • What’s happening with VQs in Wales
  • How Awarding Bodies can maximise on the opportunities in Wales.

About Cassy:
Cassy has led on the ground-breaking review and reform of vocational qualifications in Wales since the establishment of Qualifications Wales in 2015. She has previously worked for Government, Universities, Further Education Colleges, an awarding body, a local authority and a national open learning organisation, totalling 30 years’ experience in training and assessment.


Associate Director, Head of Education Practice – Peridot Partners

Drew Richardson-Walsh FCMI

Equipping your board with the right skills

This seminar is an opportunity for those working in an awarding organisation at a senior level to better understand how to equip their board with the right skills. Focussing on human dynamics, diversity, performance and succession planning, this seminar covers the key aspects required to have a high performing Board.