ABRSM's Chief Examiner John Holmes to step down

16 February 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Holmes will leave his current role at the examination board in August 2022

John Holmes, Chief Examiner of one of the UK's largest examination boards ABRSM, will be stepping down.

The board announced the news on their website. They comment:

"John Holmes, ABRSM’s Chief Examiner has taken the decision to step down from his role in August 2022. We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on John’s significant achievements in his 12 years as Chief Examiner.

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John has led the examiner community through important developments, including the greater involvement of more examiners in examiner support and CPD; the formulation of assessment criteria across different exam types and the move from on-paper examining to Marcato, our digital tool for examiners. He has brought passion, energy and brilliant presentation skills to the role and a real focus on trying to make both the exams and the examining the best they can be.

We now have an opportunity to put in place plans that achieve continuity and that build strongly upon John’s legacy after his many years in post. More news will follow on plans as they progress."