Andy Street - Mayor of the West Midlands

Elected as the first Mayor back in May 2017, his primary function is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority with powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

He will have a morning slot and be discussing his plans for skills, devolution and productivity and the role colleges can play in helping achieve this.

 
  Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Barrister & President Helena Kennedy Foundation   Since its founding in November 1998, Helena has been President of the further education sector’s social justice charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which was set up in her name to take forward the recommendations of her seminal report ‘Learning Works’. Over the last 20 years, the Foundation has provided bursaries, mentoring and support to almost 2000 FE students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from college on to degree courses.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Barrister & President Helena Kennedy Foundation

Since its founding in November 1998, Helena has been President of the further education sector’s social justice charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which was set up in her name to take forward the recommendations of her seminal report ‘Learning Works’. Over the last 20 years, the Foundation has provided bursaries, mentoring and support to almost 2000 FE students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from college on to degree courses.

  Shakira Martin - President of the National Union Students   After serving as Vice President (Further Education) for two years, Shakira was elected President in April 2017.  She successfully completed a Diploma in Education and Training whilst sitting on the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee as the FE representative. Shakira is the second President in NUS history to not have gone to university before taking up the post.

Shakira Martin - President of the National Union Students

After serving as Vice President (Further Education) for two years, Shakira was elected President in April 2017.

She successfully completed a Diploma in Education and Training whilst sitting on the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee as the FE representative. Shakira is the second President in NUS history to not have gone to university before taking up the post.

 
  David Laws - Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute   Between 2010 and 2015, David served in the Coalition Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister. Whilst Schools Minister he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership.

David Laws - Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute

Between 2010 and 2015, David served in the Coalition Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister. Whilst Schools Minister he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership.

 
  Cindy Rampersaud - Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson   Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy FE Commissioner by the Department for Education working on the Government's Area Based Reviews of the Further Education sector nationally.  Cindy is now responsible for the development of all Pearson’s UK technical, vocational and apprenticeship qualifications delivered by Colleges, Private Training Providers and Employers.

Cindy Rampersaud - Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson

Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy FE Commissioner by the Department for Education working on the Government's Area Based Reviews of the Further Education sector nationally.

Cindy is now responsible for the development of all Pearson’s UK technical, vocational and apprenticeship qualifications delivered by Colleges, Private Training Providers and Employers.

 
  Eddie Obeng - Educator, Global Speaker and Author

Eddie Obeng - Educator, Global Speaker and Author

 
  Andreas Schleicher - Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)   Andreas initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.  He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Former Secretary of State Michael Gove called Andreas “the most important man in English education”.

Andreas Schleicher - Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.

He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Former Secretary of State Michael Gove called Andreas “the most important man in English education”.

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