The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), the trade association for vocational awarding bodies, announced that it had appointed its first chief executive, as membership reached 50 awarding bodies. Paul Ellis has held senior roles in vocational education and training for both awarding bodies and their regulators for more than 30 years. His appointment was announced as FAB unveiled its 50th member; the Chartered Institute of Housing, bringing the Association's membership to more than 90% of the vocational qualifications market. Ellis commented: "The growth of FAB as the trade association for vocational awarding bodies has been phenomenal. 2004 is set to bring an almost unprecedented range of challenges to awarding bodies in dealing with regulatory, funding and market changes. "Working together through FAB the awarding bodies have a unique contribution to make in ensuring that qualifications continue to develop to meet our customers’ needs and the changing needs of employment." John McNamara, chairman for FAB added: "I am delighted that the Federation has gown to this size so soon. The appointment of Paul as our first chief executive and the announcement that membership has reached 50 awarding bodies are two key milestones for us and they show the importance of the role FAB has to play."

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