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AAT senior leaders named on panel for Legal, financial and accounting T level

AAT Chief Executive Mark Farrar and Head of Qualifications and Product Development Rachel Kellett have been appointed to the panels of industry experts who have been brought onboard by the Department for Education to help develop the Legal, financial and accounting T level route.

T levels were first announced in 2016 as a key method of transforming technical education in the UK. They are intended to simplify vocational training, and aim to equip 16 to 19-year-olds with the technical knowledge and skills they need to enter employment. In October, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced the publication of the government’s T level action plan, with the first subjects available, in education and childcare, construction, and digital, to be introduced in 2020 and the rest available by 2022.

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Mark Farrar will sit on the financial panel, which is for occupations such as mortgage adviser, credit controller/collector, and insurance practitioner.

Rachel Kellett

Rachel Kellett is on the accounting panel, which can lead to occupations including assistant accountant, payroll administrator and bookkeeper.

Mark Farrar says: “High-quality technical qualifications are an excellent method of improving social mobility, opening up paths which many young people can access as a route into their chosen career.  I hope to use my time on the panel to help guide the development of the qualification, so that it develops in a way that works to the benefit of all students and ensures that they are being taught the skills they need to succeed in a rewarding professional career.”

Financial and Accounting T level panels

Financial panel

Panel Member

Organisation and role

Weiyen Hung (Chair)

Prudential Regulation Authority, Bank of England

Peter Pledger

Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

Claire Blaymire

Managing Director & Compliance Consultant, CDB Consultancy Ltd

Daniel Pedley

Partnership Manager – Skills, Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

Alison Pask

Managing Director, Financial Capability & Community Outreach, The London Institute of Banking and Finance

Peter Hollinshead

Retired Director of Finance, Brandhill Financial Services Limited

Karen Bennett

Business and Transformation Leader, Mercer UK

Mark Farrar

Chief Executive, Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Paul Sayles

Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Paula Haynes

Partner Managing Director, Traded Risk Associates



Panel Member

Organisation and role

Maura Sullivan (Chair)

Banking, CFO, UK International Wealth Management

Mark Twum- Ampofo

Partner, Kingston Smith LLP

Kerry-Ann Jervis- Scott

Senior Manager, MWS Chartered Accountants

Malcolm Trotter

Chief Executive, International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB)

John Cunningham

Regional Head of Education, Europe & The Americas, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Jane Nellist

Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln

Meyrick Vevers

Independent Financial & Commercial Consultant and Non Exec Director

Richard Cartwright

Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton

Rachel Kellett

Head of Qualifications and Product Development, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Chris Shrubsole

Business Learning Partner – Tax, Pensions and Legal, KMPG LLP (UK)

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