Key Speakers Announced for FED National Education Summit. Monday 1st March – Thursday 4th March

Key Speakers Announced for FED National Education Summit. Monday 1st March - Thursday 4th March

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The Foundation for Education Development is dedicated to promoting a long-term vision and plan for education in England. From the outset, and working through our ‘neutral space’ for discussion (Fedspace) over the past twelve month, we have been gathering feedback as part of our wide-ranging FED National Consultation on a long-term vision and plan for education. We have looked at the whole education system through the lens of life-long learning – from cradle to career.

We have welcomed the growing public debate around the need for a long-term approach to education planning, and how such an approach is even more important as we move to the stage where we are navigating out of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move towards the publication of our one-year FED National Consultation Report later this year, we look forward to further discussion that will take place at our National Education Summit.

We will be hosting the FED National Education Summit between Monday 1st – Thursday 4th March. An international cast of educators, business leaders and politicians will look at education through a long-term lens over a series of events in a four-day summit programme. It will highlight key issues for the future of education from both a national and international perspective.

Monday 1st March: Building forward together – How can we move beyond our immediate challenges to create a long-term successful future for our children and life-long learners?

Tuesday 2nd March: Building place-based education for long-term renewal – How can long-term place-based strategies strengthen our communities?

Wednesday 3rd March: Building a shared culture in our education system – How do we ensure equity and trust become a catalyst for long-term success?

Thursday 4th March: Building long term success into our education system
– How can we ensure education becomes the catalyst for social and economic renewal?

We are delighted to announce that our current list of confirmed speakers includes:

Keynote: Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE, The Secretary of State for Education.   

Amjad Ali, Founding Member of BAMEd

John Allen CBE Chairman Tesco Plc

Gavin Anderson, Managing Director of Cognition Education

Mark Anderson Educator, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Trainer

Professor, Dr Ann Bamford OBE Strategic Director of the Education, Culture and Skills for the City of London

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Staffordshire University

Geoff Barton General Secretary of ASCL

Hardip Begol CBE Chief Executive – Woodard Academies

Stephen Betts, CEO Learn Sheffield

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE DL CBI President

Professor Sonia Blandford CEO Achievement for All

Oli de Botton CEO Careers & Enterprise Company 

Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary NEU

Sir Tim Brighouse, former Chief Commissioner for Schools

Nick Brook Deputy General Secretary NAHT  

Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke on Trent Council and Meir Park Ward

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Sam Butters CEO Fair Education Alliance  

Sir Roger Carr Chairman BAe Systems

Dr Seb Chapleau, Headteacher and Community Organiser, Citizens UK 

Kate Chhatwal OBE, Challenge Partners

Gina Cicerone Co-CEO Fair Education Alliance

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Vice President of Business In The Community and former Special Advisor to The Prince’s Charities

Sir Kevan Collins, Education Recovery Commissioner

Patrick Craven Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Policy & Stakeholders, City & Guilds

Leora Cruddas CEO Confederation of School Trusts

Kirstie Donnelly MBE CEO of City & Guilds

Susan Douglas CEO of the Eden Academy Trust

Ed Dorrell Director at Public First 

Paul Drechsler CBE Chancellor Teesside University

Dr Karen Edge Reader in Educational Leadership UCL

Craig Fenton, Director of Strategy and Operations for Google

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham

Professor Fiona Forbes Education Change Consultant, Founder, CEO, & Fed Director

Sam Freedman, CEO of Education Partnership’s Group

David Gallagher CEO NCFE

Christine Gilbert CBE Former HMCI

David Goodhart Journalist, Commentator and Author, Head of Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration Unit, and Director of the Integration Hub website

David Gregson, educationalist and business leader

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP Chair of the Commons Select Committee for Education; 

David Harkin, CEO 8billionideas

Matt Hood OBE Principal, Oak National Academy

Nasreen Hussain, Director of Finance and Resources – Soha Housing

Peter Hyman Co-Director of Big Education and co-founder and first headteacher of School 21

Dame Sue John, Challenge Partners

Lord Jim Knight Chief Education and External Officer TES Global Ltd

Emma Knights OBE, Chief Executive of the National Governing Association

Al Kingsley, Group Managing Director of NetSupport

Priya Lakhani OBE Founder CEO, CENTURY TECH, FED Director

The Rt Hon David Laws, Executive Director of EPI

Michael Lemin, Head of Policy, NCFE

Barnaby Lenon CBE, Professor and Dean of Education, University of Buckingham

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL  Chair.The UK Innovation Corridor

Joy Madeiros Group CEO OasisCharitable Trust

Baroness Nicky Morgan of Cotes Former Education and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary of State 

Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership

Professor Steve Munby CBE, former CEO NCSL

Rajay Naik Keypath Education Chief Executive Officer (Europe)

Ndidi Okezie OBE, CEO UK Youth

Lamide Odanye, co-founder of LIVE

Diane Osagie CEO the Academy of Women’s Leadership  

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope Professor of Education and strategic lead for Marjon University Cornwall.

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching

Vivienne Porritt Leadership Consultant, Strategic Leader of #WomenEd Vice President of Chartered College of Teaching

Charlie Radman, Global Business Development Lead for Hewlett Packard

Sir Mike Rake Chairman Great Ormond Street Hospital

Laura-Jane Rawlings CEO Youth Employment UK

Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD

Jonathan Simons Director at Public First and Head of the Education Practice

Jonathan Slater, former DfE Permanent Secretary

Rae Snape Headteacher/National Leader of Education, Milton Road Primary School

Michael Stevenson, OECD PISA Senior Advisor

Alastair Stewart OBE, English journalist and newscaster

Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Minister for Schools

Luke Tryl, Director at Public First

Professor Sam Twiselton OBE, Director of the Sheffield Institute of Education. Vice President (external) Chartered College of Teaching 

Les Walton CBE Chair of Association of Education Advisors

Professor Mick Waters, former Director of Curriculum at QCA

Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of NAHT

Dr Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution Washington DC

Bukky Yusuf, Senior Leader, EdTech Thought Leader

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