John McNamara

John McNamara
  • Non-Executive Director, Innovate Awarding Board

John is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Innovate Awarding Board, and is active in the further education and skills sector as a consultant and adviser.

He was the Managing Director of Innovate Awarding for 3 ½ years and led the organisation through a period of diversification and growth into new areas including the provision of end-point assessment services.

He has over 30 years of strategic leadership experience gained in financial services and vocational education & skills. He has held senior leadership and chief executive roles in financial services companies, awarding organisations, trade associations, and professional bodies.

He was the founding Non-Executive Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), the awarding industry trade association. He led the organisation for eight years, and was a member of the UK government’s Vocational Qualifications Reform Board during this period, and led on many consultations on behalf of the awarding sector.
He is an accomplished public speaker and contributor at conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Educated at the University of Wales, and Trinity College Dublin, he is professionally qualified through the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and has successfully completed the Ashridge Hult International Business School Senior Executive Development Programme.