New Head of Policy & Strategy for FAB

The Federation of Awarding Bodies is pleased to announce Dr Rebecca Conway will be joining as Head of Policy and Strategy from 25 November this year.

Rebecca is currently a Product Manager for Cambridge Assessment International Education, managing several Humanities and Business Syllabuses and assessment projects for clients in countries including Egypt, Ghana and Thailand. She is also a part-time academic supervisor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations, a qualification for assessment professionals co-convened by Cambridge Assessment Network and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Prior to her current role, Rebecca spent over a year and a half as a Product Development Manager and Academic Assessment Manager for NCC Education, an awarding organisation and member of the Federation.

Rebecca will replace Ailin O’Cathain, the current Head of Policy, who was appointed to the post in 2011 and is leaving the Federation to take up another role in the awarding sector.

The Federation is delighted to appoint Dr Rebecca Conway as our new Head of Policy and Strategy. The awarding and assessment industry is entering a critical period in terms of some major reforms in both policy and regulation. Rebecca brings a significant amount of skills and experience from already working at a senior level for a major Awarding Body. The experience she has gained as an acknowledged expert in assessment practice and her work internationally advising governments on qualifications policy, will be invaluable to the Federation and our wider membership, as we deliver on the ambition to become a more powerful trade association.

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of the Federation

I am excited to be joining the Federation as the Head of Policy and Strategy at this key time for our industry. In the context of widespread change in the policy, regulatory and qualifications landscapes, I feel that the support we can provide to members has never been more important. I am looking forward to meeting members in the coming months to discuss priorities, concerns and how we can move forward to become an even stronger and increasingly member-led organisation.

Dr Rebecca Conway

There will be a few weeks between Ailin O’Cathain leaving and Dr Rebecca Conway taking up the post. We would like to assure members that we have made arrangements to cover the key activities that need to be supported during that period and we have engaged expert consultants to ensure QualsMatter reaches you each week and our key policy work continues.