SPEAKERS 2020 2019-09-02T13:35:51+00:00

The Skills Conference 2020: Speakers

Lucy Hunte – National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England

Lucy has worked in the training and education sector for over 20 years and for the past 8 years has been working in the Apprenticeship sector. She worked at 2 leading FE Colleges managing the Business Development teams which saw a 400% increase in apprenticeship numbers. For the past 3 years she has been working for Health Education England offering strategic support to the NHS on all aspects of apprenticeship development, delivery and implementation. She is very passionate about apprenticeships as a great tool to recruit new talent to the NHS but also as a way to upskill the existing workforce and offer career pathways and progression. She is a very busy Mum of 3 but luckily absolutely loves her job too!

Eddie Playfair – Senior Policy Manager – Association of Colleges

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.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr – Public Speaker

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.