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, President of Mansfield College Oxford.   Since its founding in November 1998, Helena has also 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, President of Mansfield College Oxford.

Since its founding in November 1998, Helena has also 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.

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