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    FAB Awards 2016

The FAB Awards is an ideal opportunity to reflect on all that is positive about your awarding organisation and recognise the excellent people who make it work.

More information on the 2016 FAB Awards will be available soon.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 FAB Awards 

We are delighted that so many of you showed your support by entering the first ever FAB Awards.  All entries were of an extremely high standard and selecting a winner was a very difficult decision for our judges.  The winners of the 2015 FAB Awards are:

Awarding Organisation of the Year sponsored by Cirrus Assessment

  • NCFE

Innovation of the Year sponsored by the British Council

  • YMCA Awards with Learner Induction App.

Team Contribution of the Year sponsored by Enlight KS

  • National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP) Awarding Body, The Qualifications Team

Qualification of the Year sponsored by Advanced Computer Software

  • EAL Level 1 Foundation Certificate in Engineering Technology

Individual Contribution of the Year sponsored by Gordon Associates

  • Eve Burgess, Open Awards


Jill LanningJill was CEO of FAB until August 2014 having spent some 20 years working in the awarding industry. Having started her working life in administration, Jill moved on to teach for over a decade in a large FE college in Birmingham. Towards the end of this period she joined BTEC/Edexcel as a trainer before a three year stint as a self employed consultant. Finally joining Edexcel full-time in 1996, Jill went on to have a number of roles in the organisation including management of the regional business development team and later overseeing the shape and extent of their qualification offer. After three years at the Learning and Skills Network, Jill join the FAB team as CEO in 2010 and had four very enjoyable years working with the FAB Board and members to develop the organisation and its influence in the sector.

“The contribution that awarding bodies make to the FE sector and to the UK economy is too often ignored, so I am pleased to be involved with FAB Awards which will give us the opportunity to celebrate this contribution and good practice in the industry”

Stewart SegalStewart Segal was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of AELP in 2013. Stewart has worked in the funded work based learning sector for over 20 years and in particular has supported AELP since its formation. Stewart worked as an independent consultant within the training sector, working with a number of training providers and colleges specialising in business development and funding issues. Following a background in HR and general management in the private sector Stewart joined Hertfordshire Training and Enterprise Council in 1994 as Chief Executive until 1998 when Stewart joined Spring Skills as Chief Executive in 1998. Spring Skills was then largest independent training provider in the sector involved in the delivery of a range of programmes in the service sectors such as retail, customer services, hospitality and business administration.

jwOn Monday 05 January 2015, Joe Wilson became Chief Executive of College Development Network (CDN), the training and development agency for the college sector in Scotland.

Joe brings a long history of working both with and within the sector and is well known and respected. His previous role as Head of New Ventures at SQA and prior to that his Business Manager position will undoubtedly contribute to his wealth of knowledge and skills required to lead CDN into the future. Joe is also not a stranger to CDN as he worked for the company when it was known as SFEU.

Having initially been a school teacher Joe began his further education career as a lecturer at Cardonald College in the 1980’s before progressing through a number of management roles.

While at SQA Joe maintained an active interest in the sector, though on appointment he has stepped back from areas where there could potentially be any conflict. He stepped down as a board member at Glasgow Clyde College in December where he chaired the Learning and Teaching Committee; he has previously served on the board of Anniesland College (2002-2013). 

Joe remains a non-executive on a number of advisory groups and boards including the Scottish Adult Learning Partnership, Youthlink Scotland, Association for Learning Technology Scottish Group, Jorum Steering Group and is the UK ALT Ambassador.

Joe is looking forward to working across the sector and renewing acquaintances and building new networks and through this supporting the FE learner community across Scotland.

raRichard Atkins has been Principal of Exeter College since 2002, and was previously Principal of Yeovil College for seven years. He has been elected President of the Association of Colleges (AoC) for 2014/15.

Exeter College offers a wide range of learning opportunities for young people, adults and employers from Devon and the wider region. Provision at the College includes apprenticeships, full time courses for 16 to 19 year olds, adult and community learning, employer led activity, higher education and international developments. The College was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in January 2014.

Richard has held a number of national roles over the past twenty years whilst being a college Principal including being President of ACM, a member of the LSC's Adult Learning Committee, a Commissioner on the CAVTL and a member of the AoC Board from 2007 until 2013. Richard is also Chair of AoC Sport, the sector owned organisation responsible for the development of sport and physical exercise in colleges. Locally Richard and his colleagues have developed strong partnerships with employers, schools, local authorities, and the voluntary sector.

Prior to joining Yeovil College Richard worked as a lecturer, teacher and manager in schools and colleges in Chichester, Guildford and York. After leaving school Richard spent several years working in business in London, mainly at Harrods. He successfully completed part time, employer sponsored vocational training programmes.

" I am delighted to have been invited to be a judge for this year's Federation of Awarding Bodies Awards. Qualifications are critically important for learners, employers and colleges and the role of awarding bodies is fundamental to the design and development of qualifications and to the quality of service that colleges provide. In my experience competition and awards events drive up standards and recognise excellence, and I am sure that these awards will do that for awarding bodies."


Details on the 2016 FAB Awards will be available in due course.