Derek Williams

Awarding Director and Responsible Officer


Derek joined Occupational Awards Limited as Awarding Director on 1st March 2017.

Derek’s appointment places our organisation in a unique and enviable position in the skills arena – particularly within the food and drink industry. He brings with him unrivalled expertise in the skills development chain – running from strategic occupational standards and qualifications through to operational assessment, provision and inspection.

Derek has held a range of senior and high profile roles throughout the industry. As one of the founders and Development Director at Improve, Derek led the food and drink industry through significant qualification reform. His tenure ended only when he moved to awarding organisation FDQ, where he was FDQ Director and Responsible Officer. His career also includes an impressive 20 years at City and Guilds, and several years as CEO of the Bakery Training Council.

This breadth and relevance of experience will ensure that OAL can drive forward and deliver on our ambitious strategy. Furthermore, Derek’s position as responsible officer  means that he is the official point of contact between OAL and Ofqual in respect of regulatory compliance.

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