As Chair of the Board of Trustees of ACER, it is a pleasure to introduce this Annual Report for 2015-16.

ACER has a long history in the FE sector in the East of England and has been able to make a significant contribution to the success and development of colleges over the years with your support and dedication.  The future for colleges will continue to be immensely challenging.  In ACER we have an organisation that both supports colleges to share knowledge, understanding and good practice and stimulates innovation and creativity.  I encourage you to read this document in order to:

• Scrutinise the financial and business performance of the organisation
• Learn about the many activities with which ACER is involved
• Feedback to me or the Chief Executive any comments you may have about the work of ACER over the past year or into the future.

I extend my thanks to Andrew Thomson and all the staff at ACER for their very effective collaboration with you over the past year and I look forward to supporting you, with them, in your hugely valuable work for young people and adult learners in the East of England.

Nikos Savvas

Chair of the Board of Trustees