Confirmed speakers so far:
ASHA KHEMKA OBE Principal And Chief Executive: West Nottinghamshire College
PROFESSOR KEN SPOURS Co-Director, Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation, Institute of Education
PAUL HAMBLEY Senior Policy Advisor, UK Qualifications and Skills Team, LSIS
RICHARD BEAMISH Chief Officer (Acting), Alliance of Sector Skills Councils
BEEJ KACZMARCZYK Director, Sector Training Ltd and Funding Expert
DENISE MONTAGUE LSIS Associate – Support for English, Maths and ESOL Programme ( Central Regions )
IAN BOND Project Officer: Apprenticeships and Functional Skills, NIACE
MORAG KERR Founder and Director, Interchange
HELEN GROVES Managing Director, HG Consulting Ltd
CLAIRE COLLINS Learning Researcher and Consultant and LSIS Associate, Claire Collins Consultancy
ALISON MILLS bksb Regional Advisor
HILARY GWILLIAM and MARIAN FRENCH, City & Guilds
Asha Khemka OBE Principal And Chief Executive: West Nottinghamshire College
Asha took up her post as Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College in May 2006. It is one of the largest colleges in the country with more than 25,000 students and an annual budget of over £50 million.
In January 2009, Asha received Royal recognition for her contribution to Further Education and was appointed an OBE. In 2011 she was named Inspirational Woman of the Year by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and also Business Personality of the Year by the Ashfield and Mansfield Chad.
Asha is a board member of several national organisations, including the Association of Colleges and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service. She is also a member of the University of Nottingham Council and 157 Group. She is the founder of the Inspire and Achieve Foundation whose main objective is to raise the aspirations of working class young people.
Professor Ken Spours, Co-Director, Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation, Institute of Education
Professor Ken Spours is an Assistant Director for Equalities and Engagement at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is also a Director of the Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation. Ken specializes in research on post-14 curriculum and qualifications, organization and governance, learner progression and transitions and also undertakes research on education and training developments across the four countries of the UK. He was a member of the Tomlinson Working Group on 14-19 Reform and a director of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training in England and Wales. Ken is presently convenor of the Compass (Direction for the Democratic Left) Education Group and works with the Labour Party to develop its curriculum policy.
Paul Hambley, Senior Policy Advisor: UK Qualifications and Skills Team, LSIS
Paul Hambley is Senior Policy Advisor in the UK Qualifications and Skills Team at LSIS. Paul has been leading on the review of new teacher, tutor, trainer qualifications for the further education and skills sector. Paul led a similar review for LLUK in 2010/11. Also at that time he managed the research and consultation on new qualifications for Learning and Development across the UK. Over the last 10 years Paul has led on a number of projects related to the Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL teaching workforce. This included the introduction of new teaching qualifications in 2002 and again in 2007. Paul has worked since 1975 as a teacher and manager in schools, adult education and further education colleges, particularly in ESOL, literacy and teacher education. He has been an additional inspector for Ofsted.
Richard Beamish, Chief officer (Acting), Alliance of Sector Skills Councils
Richard Beamish is Interim Chief Officer at the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils, following eight years as Chief Executive of Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the Cleaning Services, Facilities Management, Property and Housing sectors.
A former schoolteacher, Richard spent over 14 years in two spells with The Newspaper Society. There he was responsible for establishing Newspapers in Education and occupational standards for journalists, and for new media opportunities research. He was also a director of the National Council for the Training of Journalists. He was also Chief Executive of the Print Education Forum.
Beej Kaczmarczyk, Director, Sector Training
Beej is an experienced senior manager and leader in the schools and FE sectors. Beej has also worked in the private sector with Network Training and the Tribal Group, where he gained a national reputation as a trainer on funding and curriculum related issues. From Tribal Beej became a director of Sector Training where he developed high quality organisational and management development solutions forUKand international education providers. Beej is now principal consultant for Pearson.
Denise Montague, Education and Training Consultant
Denise Montague is a CfBT accredited additional inspector. Having previously held the role of national teaching and learning professional manager for SfL quality improvement programmes, Denise is currently managing the Support for English, maths, ESOL/Functional Skills programme across the central regions, sponsored by The Learning Skills and Improvement Service. Denise has held senior management positions in colleges and community provision including head of cross college management and delivery for key skills and skills for life. Denise’s experience includes management and teaching in the following areas: foundation programmes, SLDD, health and social care, key skills and teacher training.
Denise’s particular areas of expertise are in curriculum management and development, improving teaching, learning and assessment and in developing and implementing quality assurance/improvement strategies and actions. Denise has experience of all learning and skills provision including lead IV and nominated person for key skills and SfL in college provision, EV for NOCN, programme management and delivery on SfL teacher training qualifications, quality lead for observation of teaching and learning in SfL provision, Quality Manager for cross region PCDL provision, management of a national dyslexia training programme and critical review role for other national organisations.
Ian Bond, Project Officer for Apprenticeships and Functional Skills, NIACE
Ian Bond (MA. PGCE, Dip CG, BA) is a NIACE Programme Officer with responsibility for Apprenticeships and Functional Skills. Ian’s work focuses on developing NIACE’s support for Apprenticeships particularly in regard to the apprentices’ voice and providing employers and providers with practical strategies for maximising the effectiveness of their Apprenticeships. Ian has 14 years of FE management experience, with a focus upon leading external funding, enterprise, employer engagement, international work and Apprenticeships.
Ian has considerable experience of leading projects involving the development of approaches and implementation of strategies to achieve enhanced beneficiary employability. Ian led an Enterprise and Incubation ERDF project for Leeds City College that involved learning providers from across the Yorkshire region and working in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Entrepreneurship and a range of employers from Retail, ICT and the Financial Services industries. Ian’s recent work has involved supporting Derbyshire Adult and Community Education Service to increase the volume of its Apprenticeship provision by 462% in three months from 13 to 61. Ian has extensive experience of developing partnerships involving further and higher education learning providers and employers and providing relevant vocational training solutions to address skills gaps.
Morag Kerr, Founder and Director, Interchange
Current position – Founder and Director of Interchange which offers interactive and practical workshops on resilience, motivation, learning and positive classroom management. http://www.interchangeuk.co.uk
Morag’s expertise was developed over an extended career in education where she taught in Primary, Secondary and Further Education. Much of her work in schools and colleges has focussed on supporting young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties who find it difficult to engage in learning.
In her previous position as Lead Specialist, Learning Process at Scotland’s Colleges she and her team devised a training programme on developing a Curriculum for NEET Learners for staff from colleges who were preparing to work with this cohort of young people.
Earlier this year she was invited to take part in the Leonardo project ‘Career Learning as a Success Factor in Life Long Learning’ as the ‘expert’ on developing teaching materials which help to build resilience and has delivered workshops on this theme in Austria and Holland.
She also worked in collaboration with Alan McLean, author of The Motivated School and Motivating Every Learner, to transform his motivation framework into The Motivated College – a successful, practical training programme delivered, on behalf of Scotland’s Colleges, to staff and students in Further Education Colleges across Scotland.
Claire Collins, Learning Researcher and Consultant and LSIS Associate, Claire Collins Consultancy
Claire works nationally and internationally with learning organisations in the further and adult education sectors. Claire has helped organisations as diverse as; prisons, private training providers, employers and voluntary, community and adult education providers to develop their language, literacy and numeracy provision. Claire’s current projects include; supporting the Dutch ‘Reading and Writing Foundation’ to plan and carry out adult literacy learning pilots in a national programme called ‘Language for Life’. She also works as an Associate for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in England, supporting learning providers to self improve (particularly at the moment, to plan and deliver Functional Skills qualifications).
Alison Mills, Education Consultant, FE Sector and bksb Advisor
Alison joined bksb in October 2011 as the North West Regional Advisor. Alison is an experienced teacher, dyslexia assessor and education manager. She has held a senior role as Director of Technology in the secondary sector and for the past 11 years she has taught and managed in the FE Sector.
Alison is currently working as a consultant at South Thames College as the Interim Head of Learner Support Service and prior to that she was Head of Skills for Learning and Assessment at The Manchester College.
Alison lists her specialist areas of knowledge as initial and diagnostic assessment, functional and key skills, additional learning support, specific learning difficulties and using assistive and mobile technology to enhance learning. She has delivered presentations on inclusive education at national and local conferences.
Helen Groves, Managing Director, HG Consulting Ltd
Helen has worked in most education sectors for over 40 years. Her career started as a Physical Education teacher in secondary schools and from there she moved into teaching in FE, HE, 6th Form colleges and adult and community education. Helen has held senior management positions in the post 16 sector for more than 23 years, including Vice Principal Teaching and Learning in a Beacon FE college. Helen was seconded for two years to establish regional learning partnership structures where she developed extensive experience of collaborative working and managing partnerships. She was first appointed as a part time inspector in 1993 and continues to inspect FE & 6th Form colleges, Independent Training providers, Adult & Community Learning, prisons, Job Centre Plus provision and children centres. Helen also worked for QAA undertaking reviews in HE, particularly HE programmes delivered in FE Colleges. In June 2007 Helen took up the post of CEO for Humber Learning Consortium, managing community learning provision until May 2010. Helen is now a self employed consultant working primarily on providing support for leadership & management, quality improvement, pre and post inspection planning and implementing new government agendas in learning.
Marian French MBA, Cert Ed, RM, RN, Portfolio Advisors, City & Guilds