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Association of Colleges with Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Peter Mucklow, Director, Intervention and Young People, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Keith Smith, Director, Funding and Programmes, Education and Skills Funding Agency

1.2 Balancing business efficiency with support of the individual: Do both without compromise

  • Jacob Kemp, Head of Direct Sales, Dynistics
  • Gordon Gillespie, Vice Principal Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Lewisham Southwark College

1.3 Implementing radical transformational change to meet what learners really want
Portsmouth College

  • Simon Barable, Deputy Principal, Portsmouth College
  • Hayden Taylor, Chief Executive, Unloc and Governor, Portsmouth College

1.4 Effective practices for teaching maths to post-16 learners

  • Natacha Shakil, GCSE Maths Teacher, Stoke on Trent College
  • Ian Ashman, former President, Association of Colleges and former Principal, Hackney Community College
  • Sue Southwood, Head of English and Maths, The Education and Training Foundation
  • Karen Spencer, Principal, Harlow College

1.5 Teaching Excellence Framework and college higher education
Association of Colleges and Department for Education

  • Iain Mansfield, Deputy Director, TEF and Student Choice, Department for Education

1.6 Good practice in supporting students through transition to technical education
Association of Colleges and Department for Education

  • Sue Clarke, Technical Education Team, Department for Education
  • Lindsey Johnson, Vice Principal – Curriculum and Quality, West Suffolk College
  • Alison Rushton, Vice Principal, Nelson and Colne College

1.7 Successfully implementing the Prevent Duty
Bradford College

  • Assia Hussain, Curriculum Diversity and Operational Prevent Lead, Bradford College

1.10 Supporting ETF to co-create the leadership programme at Oxford Saïd Business School, chaired by Sir Frank McLoughlin
Education and Training Foundation

  • Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive, Activate Learning Group
  • Amanda Melton, Chief Executive and Principal, Nelson and Colne College
  • John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive, Exeter College
  • Joe Docherty, Chief Executive, NCG

1.11 Is your college adequately protecting your learners, staff and business assets from the evolving risks posed by cyber security?

  • Frances Burton, Security Services Group Manager, Jisc
  • Jenny Sheils, Head of Partner Networks, Research, Information and Communications Unit
  • Luay Alfaham, Partner Networks, Serious and Organised Crime, Research, Information and
  • Communications Unit

1.12 National colleges: A new breed?
National College for High Speed Rail

  • Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail
  • Jane Button, Principal, National College Creative Industries

1.13 Merger – Implementing the plan for transformational change
AoC Create

  • Hilary Clifford, Interim Managing Director, AoC Create
  • Craig Bentley, Managing Director, Bentley Management Consulting and AoC Create Consultant

2.2 Invest in teachers to prepare students for today’s working environment and the digital economy
Westminster Kingsway College (part of CCCG) and Northumberland College

  • Bev Jones, Director of Operations and Digital Development, Career Colleges Trust
  • Andrew Jones, Head of IT, Northumberland College

2.3 Apprenticeship matters – Transition, funding, delivery
Association of Colleges, Education and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Education and Institute for Apprenticeships

  • Keith Smith, Executive Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Nikki Christie, Deputy Director, Assessment and Quality, Institute for Apprenticeships

2.5 Higher level (4 and 5) technical education and the Institutes of Technology
Association of Colleges with Department for Education

  • Ian Caplan, Deputy Director, Skills Strategy and Adult Education Policy, Department for Education
  • Elisabeth Cuthbertson, Deputy Director, Skills Provider Base, Department for Education

2.6 Crisis Management – Integrating a Co-ordinated Plan
Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

  • Philip Webster, Executive Director, Education, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd
  • Justin Priestley, Executive Director, Crisis Management, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

2.8 Mergers and transformations: Engaging with the Transaction Unit and banks

  • Tim Betts, Director, BDO LLP

2.9 International delivery – It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it
Lincoln College Group

  • James Foster, Managing Director, International and Commercial, Lincoln College Group
  • Gary Headland, Chief Executive, Lincoln College Group

2.10 Making work placements work
Association of Colleges with Department for Education

  • Kate Haseler-Young, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Education
  • Jake White, Head of Employer Engagement, The Challenge
  • Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College

2.11 Student wellbeing and mental health
Association of Colleges, East Coast College, Hugh Baird College and Peterborough Regional College

  • Liz Maudslay, Policy Manager LLDD, Association of Colleges
  • Richard Caulfield, Area Director, Association of Colleges
  • Katie McHallister, Student Wellbeing and Enrichment Manager, Peterborough Regional College
  • Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive, East Coast College
  • Yana Williams, Principal, Hugh Baird College
  • Tracy Ferrier, Global Skills Lead, British Council

2.12 Towards outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in technical education
Association of Colleges, The Education and Training Foundation, Lakes College West Cumbria and South Devon College

  • Beth Bishop, Head of Projects, Association of Colleges
  • Gary Phillips, Head of Workforce Development, The Education and Training Foundation

3.2 Governance: Getting to ‘good’
New College Stamford

  • Janet Meenaghan, Principal and Chief Executive, New College Stamford
  • Rachel Nicholls, Deputy Principal, New College Stamford

3.4 Supporting colleges to improve – The changing role of the FE Commissioner
Association of Colleges and Department for Education

  • Richard Atkins CBE, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education
  • Andrew Tyley, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Education
  • Teresa Kelly, FE Commissioner Adviser, Department for Education

3.8 Students with EHC plans – Solutions for better collaboration between colleges and local authorities
Association of Colleges, Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency

  • Helen Brooks, SEND Policy Officer, Department for Education
  • Russell Ewans, Funding Policy Unit, Department for Education

3.9 Delivering a transformation to reformed apprenticeships

  • Ian Billyard, Principal, Leeds College of Building
  • Jane Jones, Deputy Group Managing Director, NOCN

3.12 The art of merger
Nottingham College

  • John van de Laarschot, Chief Executive, Nottingham College
  • Yultan Mellor, Vice Principal Curriculum, Nottingham College

AoC Data Forum

  • David Corke, Director of Educational and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges
  • Richard Boniface, Managing Director, RCU Limited

AoC Funding Forum

  • Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Curriculum and Funding), Association of Colleges

Governors’ Reception

Hot topic three: Brexit negotiations and what they mean for colleges

  • Chair: Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Curriculum and Funding), Association of Colleges
  • Emma Meredith, International Director, Association of Colleges
  • John Widdowson CBE, Principal, New College Durham



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