Paul Eeles

Paul Eeles


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, ASDAN and emfec.  ABC Awards and ASDAN are both fully recognised Awarding Organisations under the Ofqual General Conditions of Recognition and are long standing members of FAB. They are medium sized Awarding Organisations.

From January 2011 to April 2012 Paul was a Board member and Chair of ABC Awards and led the buyout of ABC Awards by emfec.

Paul has over 29 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.

Alongside his current role, Paul is also the Regional Director for the Association of Colleges East Midlands and is well versed with lobbying on behalf of members' issues across a broad policy portfolio, having established strong professional relationships with key officials in government departments, their agencies and a range of other stakeholders.

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.