Terry Fennell

Chief Executive and Responsible Officer

As FDQ’s Chief Executive and Responsible Officer, Terry is the authoritative point of contact with Ofqual and devolved regulatory authorities for the qualifications that we offer. He provides strategic direction for FDQs development of food specific qualifications and with over 25 years in the field of apprenticeships Terry knows a thing or two about the connected funding and delivery of training programmes. Recently, Terry has played an integral part supporting the Butchery Employer Trailblazer Group (BETG) developing new apprenticeships for Butchers that have been seen as exemplars for others. Terry joined FDQ in 2013 as Operations Director and in 2014 took on a group role at our parent company the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (ftc). In 2016 FDQ became the 1st Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) to be Government approved to offer end point assessments to butchers. Terry is vice chair at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) who represent over 140 qualification and professional organisations across the four nations. Prior to FDQ, Terry worked for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) specialising in funding and contracting for over 3 years in a national role that brought him in to close proximity with a range of training organisations. To complement this expertise Terry has a depth of knowledge of the food industry, garnered during his time at Improve, Sector Skills Council and two years as Director of Employer Engagement at college of further education in the north east. Terry is passionate about customer service and supporting FDQ Centre’s to be a success.