SPEAKERS 2018-11-30T14:42:41+00:00

The Skills Conference 2019: Speakers

Mark Dawe
Mark DaweChief Executive, Association of Employment & Learning Providers
Mark was appointed as the Chief Executive of AELP over 2 years ago. He is on the Board of WorldSkills Uk as well as a range of government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board, IfA Quality Alliance and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board.

Most recently, Mark Dawe was the Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. He has been a governor of primary schools, secondary and a further education college. Mark has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College (and AELP Board Director) having been Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003.

Having read Economics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector. He gets his grit and resilience from supporting Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood, cycling and four school aged children.

Lisa Jane Ashes
Lisa Jane Ashes
Lisa is an experienced and successful English teacher, AST and following her role leading on Continued Professional Development at a secondary school in the North East of England assisting in the development of whole-school literacy, she has recently been appointed to the AET Academy trust to work with Independent Thinking Associate Ian Taylor and head up their Literacy work across their many schools in London and along the East coast.

Among Lisa’s many strengths are not only her magpie-like ability to pick up ideas from across the world and make them work in her classroom but also her professional passion to then go on and share her ideas with colleagues through the whole gamut of 21st century CPD innovations including Twitter, TeachMeets, Pedagoo and her very popular blog Reflections of a Learning Geek.

She has also been involved in supporting schools in some of the world’s poorest communities, working with teachers, students and children in Nepal and Ghana. Despite the limitations of their budgets and their appalling lack of resources, Lisa has helped teachers see what can be achieved when they focus on the quality of instruction. It is an approach that has produced some important changes in these schools and has led to her going back time and time again as the the teachers – and the whole school – improve dramatically.

Emma Leary
Emma LearyAssociate Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy at Ofqual
Emma is the Associate Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy at Ofqual. She leads on policy development within Ofqual’s Vocational and Technical Qualifications Directorate, with a particular emphasis on VTQ reform. Her recent work has included policy development relating to new Functional Skills Qualifications, Basic Digital Skills Qualifications, Apprenticeship End Point Assessments, and Technical Qualifications which will form a part of the new T Level programmes of study.
Christine Edwards
Christine Edwards
Since the reformed Functional Skills were confirmed by the Department of Education in February 2018, Christine has been working with providers and supporting organisations to raise awareness and prepare for the transitional arrangements and adjustments required for September 2019. In 2008 Chirstine became an Associate Trainer with the Functional Skills Support Programme delivering a full range of transitional CPPD to providers across all sectors and has continued to work as a PD Lead within the maths and English Pipeline, funded currently by the Education and Training Foundation. Christine has been involved with Functional Skills since the pilot stages in 2007 and supported the transition from Key Skills to Functional Skills within a range or providers for Apprenticeships and 14+ provision.

Within an Independent Training Provider, Christine was instrumental in championing the early adoption of Functional Skills across all provision offered resulting in a successful and full transition from Key Skills by September 2012. Following integration with a National Provider, Christine supported the staff training and increased quality assurance required to ensure that high quality provision was retained and above average first time pass rates maintained.

Christine has been actively involved with the various phases of development and consultation completed to achieve the new Functional Skills specifications and believes strongly that early adoption of the new specifications and planning for implementation will support a smooth transition to the new requirements, minimising the negative impact on learner pass and achievement rates.

Dr Roshan Doug
Dr Roshan DougVisiting Professor in English and Education at Oxford
Dr Roshan Doug is a poet and academic who has done extensive educational research in Greece, China, South America and India as well as private schools, FE colleges and universities in Britain. In 2015 he was commissioned by BIC to produce a government white paper on handwriting. He also works for national and international newspapers and journals as a freelance writer.
Beej Kaczmarczyk
Beej KaczmarczykDirector, Learning Curve
Beej is well-known in the FE and Skills sector and has an excellent reputation for his skills as a consultant and trainer, and as an expert in education policy, management, planning, teaching and learning, funding and finance. An experienced consultant with over 20 years’ experience, he has worked across a wide range of educational institutions in the UK and abroad. Prior to this he was Deputy Head of a large comprehensive school and executive director at two FE colleges, and acting Principal at one.