Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education   After a spell at the local FE College, Angela started working as a care worker for Stockport Council where she gained experience at the sharp end of public services. She was soon put forward by her women work-mates to be a union rep with UNISON. She rose through the ranks of the trade union movement with her direct experience of low pay, long hours and zero hours contracts, to become the most senior elected official of UNISON in the North West of England.  In 2015, Angela Rayner became the first woman MP in the 180-year history of her Ashton-under-Lyne constituency. She was soon promoted to the shadow whip's office by the new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and then went on to hold the position of Shadow Pensions Minister, before becoming a member of the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

After a spell at the local FE College, Angela started working as a care worker for Stockport Council where she gained experience at the sharp end of public services. She was soon put forward by her women work-mates to be a union rep with UNISON. She rose through the ranks of the trade union movement with her direct experience of low pay, long hours and zero hours contracts, to become the most senior elected official of UNISON in the North West of England.

In 2015, Angela Rayner became the first woman MP in the 180-year history of her Ashton-under-Lyne constituency. She was soon promoted to the shadow whip's office by the new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and then went on to hold the position of Shadow Pensions Minister, before becoming a member of the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

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.

 
  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.

  Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Broadcast Journalist   Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a broadcast journalist and a specialist news presenter. He also presents the foreign documentary series Unreported World travelling to some of the planet’s most far flung and dangerous places including Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. He has covered six British general elections, interviewed many Prime Ministers around the world and presented a host of special political programmes, live television debates as well as popular and controversial science programmes.  Krishnan has chaired a number of high level conferences including The UN International Development Summit in Mexico and the UK climate change summit for Gordon Brown and Al Gore.  In 2010 and 2014 he was nominated as Presenter of the Year in the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Broadcast Journalist

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a broadcast journalist and a specialist news presenter. He also presents the foreign documentary series Unreported World travelling to some of the planet’s most far flung and dangerous places including Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. He has covered six British general elections, interviewed many Prime Ministers around the world and presented a host of special political programmes, live television debates as well as popular and controversial science programmes.

Krishnan has chaired a number of high level conferences including The UN International Development Summit in Mexico and the UK climate change summit for Gordon Brown and Al Gore.

In 2010 and 2014 he was nominated as Presenter of the Year in the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.

  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.

 
  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”.

 
  Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation   Sir Kevan Collins has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.  Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA.  He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL.  He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation

Sir Kevan Collins has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA.

He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL.

He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.

  Daryl Fielding, Former Brand Director, Vodafone UK and leading transformational global brand strategist and marketer   Daryl Fielding is best known for leading transformational global brand strategies and marketing campaigns for names such as Dove, Ford, Cadbury and Vodafone.  Beyond marketing, Daryl considers the integral relationship between culture, brand, and leadership, how a company can bring a brand to life and tell their story differently and coherently.  She is also involved in a scheme to encourage apprenticeships in the media and speaks passionately about training and the need for diversity in the industry.

Daryl Fielding, Former Brand Director, Vodafone UK and leading transformational global brand strategist and marketer

Daryl Fielding is best known for leading transformational global brand strategies and marketing campaigns for names such as Dove, Ford, Cadbury and Vodafone.

Beyond marketing, Daryl considers the integral relationship between culture, brand, and leadership, how a company can bring a brand to life and tell their story differently and coherently.

She is also involved in a scheme to encourage apprenticeships in the media and speaks passionately about training and the need for diversity in the industry.

 
  David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges   David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016.  Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.  From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council.

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016.

Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.

From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council.

 
  Tom Cheesewright, Speaker, Writer, Consultant   Tom Cheesewright is the founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Applied Futurist's Toolkit, a suite of strategy tools for agile organisations.  Through consulting, speaking and media work Tom helps people to see, share and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow. Clients range from charities and government bodies to large enterprises and global brands.  Tom appears frequently in the media, with over a thousand appearances across TV, radio, print and digital providing insight and analysis of the latest technology news and future trends.

Tom Cheesewright, Speaker, Writer, Consultant

Tom Cheesewright is the founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Applied Futurist's Toolkit, a suite of strategy tools for agile organisations.

Through consulting, speaking and media work Tom helps people to see, share and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow. Clients range from charities and government bodies to large enterprises and global brands.

Tom appears frequently in the media, with over a thousand appearances across TV, radio, print and digital providing insight and analysis of the latest technology news and future trends.

 
  Ian Gilbert, Writer and Founder of Independent Thinking   Ian Gilbert is an educational speaker, innovator, practitioner, entrepreneur and award-winning writer and editor, someone the IB magazine referred to as one of their top 15 'educational visionaries'.  He has a unique perspective on education having lived and worked in the UK, the Middle East, South America and Asia and he currently partly based in The Netherlands where his wife is an international school principal and in Wales where the organisation he established 25 years ago, Independent Thinking, is based.

Ian Gilbert, Writer and Founder of Independent Thinking

Ian Gilbert is an educational speaker, innovator, practitioner, entrepreneur and award-winning writer and editor, someone the IB magazine referred to as one of their top 15 'educational visionaries'.

He has a unique perspective on education having lived and worked in the UK, the Middle East, South America and Asia and he currently partly based in The Netherlands where his wife is an international school principal and in Wales where the organisation he established 25 years ago, Independent Thinking, is based.

 
  Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department for Education   Anne Milton was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 12 June 2017 and elected as MP for Guildford (revised boundary) in 2010.  Having trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, Anne was appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, when she became Shadow Minister for Tourism. In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health. Between 2010 and 2012 she served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Department of Health and was appointed to the government as a whip with responsibility for HM Treasury and HM Household.  As Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, her responsibilities include apprenticeships including the apprenticeship levy, traineeships and institutes of technology, technical education and skills, including T-levels, post-16 funding and adult education.

Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department for Education

Anne Milton was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 12 June 2017 and elected as MP for Guildford (revised boundary) in 2010.

Having trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, Anne was appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, when she became Shadow Minister for Tourism. In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health. Between 2010 and 2012 she served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Department of Health and was appointed to the government as a whip with responsibility for HM Treasury and HM Household.

As Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, her responsibilities include apprenticeships including the apprenticeship levy, traineeships and institutes of technology, technical education and skills, including T-levels, post-16 funding and adult education.

 
 
  Professor Eddie Obeng - Educator, Global Speaker and Author   Described by the Financial Times as a 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur', Eddie is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henley Business School, founder and Learning Director of Pentacle The Virtual Business School, and a leading business theorist, innovator and educator.

Professor Eddie Obeng - Educator, Global Speaker and Author

Described by the Financial Times as a 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur', Eddie is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henley Business School, founder and Learning Director of Pentacle The Virtual Business School, and a leading business theorist, innovator and educator.

 
  Carole Stott MBE, Chair, Association of Colleges   Carole is Chair of the Board of the Association of Colleges and also chairs the Charitable Trust, which oversees the Beacon Awards and Gold Awards.  In addition, she is the Chair of WorldSkills UK and is a governor and chair of Bath College.  Professionally she is a qualified teacher and has had a long career in adult and further education, including CEO of a national qualification awarding body.  She was awarded the MBE in 2012 for services to adult education.

Carole Stott MBE, Chair, Association of Colleges

Carole is Chair of the Board of the Association of Colleges and also chairs the Charitable Trust, which oversees the Beacon Awards and Gold Awards.

In addition, she is the Chair of WorldSkills UK and is a governor and chair of Bath College.

Professionally she is a qualified teacher and has had a long career in adult and further education, including CEO of a national qualification awarding body.

She was awarded the MBE in 2012 for services to adult education.

 
  Paul Novak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC   Paul Nowak was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in 2013, and subsequently confirmed as Deputy General Secretary in February 2016.  He leads on a number of key policy areas including public services, transport and industrial policy. In addition he has responsibility for the TUC’s organisation in Wales and the English regions, annual Congress, union organising and inter-union relations.  Paul has previously served as the TUC’s regional secretary in the North East & Cumbria and as the TUC’s national organiser.  He was appointed a member of the ACAS Council in November 2011.

Paul Novak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC

Paul Nowak was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in 2013, and subsequently confirmed as Deputy General Secretary in February 2016.

He leads on a number of key policy areas including public services, transport and industrial policy. In addition he has responsibility for the TUC’s organisation in Wales and the English regions, annual Congress, union organising and inter-union relations.

Paul has previously served as the TUC’s regional secretary in the North East & Cumbria and as the TUC’s national organiser.

He was appointed a member of the ACAS Council in November 2011.

 
  Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills   Amanda Spielman has been Ofsted Chief Inspector since January 2017.  Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.  She is a council member at Brunel University London and has previously served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Institute of Education, STEMNET and Wales Millennium Centre, and has been a governor of two schools.

Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Amanda Spielman has been Ofsted Chief Inspector since January 2017.

Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.

She is a council member at Brunel University London and has previously served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Institute of Education, STEMNET and Wales Millennium Centre, and has been a governor of two schools.

 
  John Cope, Head of Skills CBI   John Cope is the CBI’s Head of Education & Skills Policy, leading the CBI’s work across education, from schools through to lifelong learning and retraining. Alongside this, John chairs the CBI’s LGBT+ Network.  Originally from the Midlands, most of John’s career prior to the CBI was spent in policy and communications, including advising three past education ministers and being a founding director of an education and mental health research institute.  Outside of work, John is a governor of an SEND school and sits on the Education Policy Institute’s Advisory Board.

John Cope, Head of Skills CBI

John Cope is the CBI’s Head of Education & Skills Policy, leading the CBI’s work across education, from schools through to lifelong learning and retraining. Alongside this, John chairs the CBI’s LGBT+ Network.

Originally from the Midlands, most of John’s career prior to the CBI was spent in policy and communications, including advising three past education ministers and being a founding director of an education and mental health research institute.

Outside of work, John is a governor of an SEND school and sits on the Education Policy Institute’s Advisory Board.

  John Guthrie, Employment and Policy Adviser, UK Hospitality   John Guthrie works as the Employment and Skills Adviser at UK Hospitality which was formed earlier this year by the merger of the British Hospitality Association and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.  UK Hospitality is the dominant trade association in the sector and has over 700 member companies operating from more than 65,000 sites throughout the UK.  John has more than 25 years' experience in senior HR management roles including lengthy spells with Hilton and Grand Metropolitan and working across the sector in pubs, restaurants and hotels.  His work for UKH entails advising on all issues affecting workforce costs and regulation, availability and skills/capabilities. The inter-relationship between these three pillars is becoming obvious and the sector is likely to face major employment issues as free movement from the EU ends and reliance upon a skilled British workforce is increased.

John Guthrie, Employment and Policy Adviser, UK Hospitality

John Guthrie works as the Employment and Skills Adviser at UK Hospitality which was formed earlier this year by the merger of the British Hospitality Association and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

UK Hospitality is the dominant trade association in the sector and has over 700 member companies operating from more than 65,000 sites throughout the UK.

John has more than 25 years' experience in senior HR management roles including lengthy spells with Hilton and Grand Metropolitan and working across the sector in pubs, restaurants and hotels.

His work for UKH entails advising on all issues affecting workforce costs and regulation, availability and skills/capabilities. The inter-relationship between these three pillars is becoming obvious and the sector is likely to face major employment issues as free movement from the EU ends and reliance upon a skilled British workforce is increased.

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