Michael Barber

Michael Barber

Sir Michael Barber is a leading authority on education systems and education reform.

Barber joined Pearson in September 2011 as Chief Education Advisor, leading Pearson’s worldwide programme of efficacy and research. In addition, he is DfID’s Special Representative on Education in Pakistan which he has visited more than 30 times. Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head of McKinsey’s global education practice. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter and the University of Wales.

He previously served the UK government as Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (from 2001-2005) and as Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards (from 1997-2001). Before joining government he was a professor at the Institute of Education at the University of London.

In 2013 Sir Michael published The Good News from Pakistan, with Reform, about the major school reform in Punjab, Pakistan. He is also the author of An Avalanche is coming (2013), which explores the future of education in universities.

Jeremy Benson

Jeremy Benson

Jeremy joined Ofqual in 2010, initially with responsibility for corporate services. He is now responsible for Ofqual’s policy work and relationships with other policy Departments.

Before joining Ofqual, Jeremy worked in the Department for Education and its predecessors for fifteen years. This included six years working on qualifications policy, three years in finance and a secondment to a university. Jeremy is also a governor of a primary academy in Leicestershire.

Andrea Bodner

Andrea Bodner

Andrea studied English, Latin, social sciences and educational science at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Afterwards Andrea did additional vocational training in industrial administration and worked at several different companies across Germany.

In 2003 she joined the Webasto Group, one of the top 100 automotive suppliers of the world delivering roof systems, heating and cooling compounds and various other automotive components. Since 2010 Andrea has been Head of Training at Webasto. Located at the company’s headquarters in Stockdorf near Munich, she is responsible for all apprentices and students at the German Webasto facilities. She is also responsible for marketing activities, on-the job training, and benchmarking with other companies. In addition she supports all Webasto sites worldwide in in-firm training issues.

Andrea is particularly interested in developing innovative concepts and strategies for the improvement of vocational training.

Rod Bristow

Rod Bristow

Rod Bristow is President, Core Markets for Pearson. Core Markets include those 100+ countries with, in general, developed economies and education systems.

In 2010, Rod became President for Pearson UK and was appointed to lead all other Core Markets for Pearson in January 2014.

Rod has worked in education, publishing and assessment for thirty years in universities, schools, colleges, professional training and learning technologies in the UK and Internationally. He is a Trustee for the Education and Employers Taskforce, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and past President of the Publishers Association.

Rod is a graduate of University College London.

Jeremy Crook

Jeremy Crook

Jeremy has led the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) since 1992. BTEG is a national charity that works to improve education, skills, employment and entrepreneurship outcomes for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. BTEG currently runs three main projects including Routes2Success, a new national role model which connects successful black men with groups of young black males (11-25 yrs.); Opening Doors, a new London youth entrepreneurship programme for 18-30 unemployed individuals; and a national network for local voluntary groups working individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system funded by the Ministry of Justice.

He has over 30 years experience of promoting equality and inclusion and developing practical solutions in the public, private and voluntary and community sector.  He chairs the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Equalities Advisory Group and provides advice to Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Advisory Group. He is also a non-executive director of Greater London Enterprise, a trustee of West Ham United Community Trust and a member of the Assessment Committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Lesley Davies

Lesley Davies

Lesley joined Pearson UK in October 2012 and is now the Vice President of Quality, Standards and Research  She is responsible for ensuring high standards across Pearson qualifications, working with colleagues to develop qualifications and examinations which are effective, rigorous, fit for purpose in the modern world and grounded in research – and supporting customers to deliver them to the highest standard. Lesley also holds the Ofqual Responsible Officer role for qualifications awarded by Pearson UK.

Lesley joined from the Association of Colleges (AOC), where she was Deputy Chief Executive.  Her background is in teaching, she worked as a Senior Manager at a College of Further and Higher Education; in inspection and policy development, and immediately prior to her role at AOC she led the development of the Framework for Excellence and Quality at the Learning and Skills Council.

Martin Doel

Martin Doel

Martin Doel took up his appointment as Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in 2008, after a successful career in the Royal Air Force.

Martin’s previous role was Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK. Prior to this he filled several operational support, personnel and training posts in the RAF, including service as the equivalent of a Director of Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College providing post-graduate level education to officers. He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations.

He holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction from King’s College, London and a First Class Honours Degree in Education from King Alfred’s College Winchester.

Lee Elliot Major

Lee Elliot Major

Lee is Director of Development and Policy after six years previously overseeing the Trust’s research work. He is a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, and chairs its evaluation advisory board.

He has served on a number of Government advisory bodies on social mobility and education. He is an adviser to the Office for Fair Access, and sits on the Social Mobility Transparency Board.

He commissioned and is a co-author of the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit for schools. He was previously an education journalist, working for the Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement.

David Hall

David Hall

David Hall is acting chair of the Sutton Trust during 2014. He is a trustee of the Sutton Trust and a governor of Swanlea School in Tower Hamlets. He is a member of the boards of Vestra wealth managers and of Ricardo plc, and an advisory director of Campbell Lutyens. David was a member of the executive committee of the Boston Consulting Group and chairman of BCG’s ten worldwide practice groups. He was the founder-leader of the financial services practice of BCG.

David was chairman of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) from 2006 to 2012 and is a former non-executive director of C. Hoare & Co. He was awarded CBE for services to financial services, for his chairmanship of the FSCS.

Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

Matthew was appointed Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise in October 2013. He is the Conservative MP for West Suffolk.

After becoming an MP, Matthew was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that Government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In September 2012 Matthew became Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013 he was promoted to Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, adding responsibility for small business to his existing responsibilities for Apprenticeships and technical education.

Matthew was educated at Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Joanne Harper

Joanne Harper

Joanne has been working for the University Technical College Reading Trust as Principal since January 2013.  In this role she has worked closely with lead sponsors Activate Learning and lead partners Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates to ensure that UTC Reading offers, 14-19 year olds in the region, an opportunity to study in a ‘state of the art’ environment where academic, technical and professional qualifications are delivered.  Previously Joanne was Principal of an ‘Outstanding’ comprehensive school for 11 – 19 year olds in West London.

Joanne has been teaching for twenty years and has a particular interest in education for 14-19 year olds and working closely with industry to ensure students have the skills for the workplace.

Joanne qualified from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Mathematics and Education, specialising in mechanics and decision mathematics, and began her professional life as a Mathematics teacher in London.

Joanne has also taken the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and most recently she has successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership and Management at Roehampton University.

Chris Husbands

Chris Husbands

Professor Chris Husbands is an education expert, academic, university leader and public servant. He is one of the UK’s leading education expertts, and currently Director of the Institute of Education, University of London – rated first in the world in the 2014 QS rankings. He is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Council member of the British Education Research Association. He has held senior leadership positions in three UK universities, and visiting appointments internationally: he has taught or led consultancy programmes on four continents.

Chris is committed to educational research and development which improves outcomes and life chances for children and young people around the world. His research on education policy, teaching and curriculum has attracted over £5million in external funding and has been disseminated through almost 400 publications including 12 books and 50 papers as well as journalism and presentations around the world. His public service includes membership of the Academies Commission, the Commission on a Royal College of Teaching and, as chair, the independent Skills TaskForce as well as a series of non-executive board appointments. He has undertaken consultancy in Singapore, Moscow, China, and Norway.

David Keeling

David Keeling

David is Chief Operating Officer at Bango, the world leader in mobile payment for app stores stores. Bango powers payment for stores such as Google Play, Windows Phone Store, BlackBerry World, Amazon and Facebook. David holds overall responsibility for managing the payment platform, serving over 130 mobile network operators, the app stores, and Bango’s expanding global footprint.

David has spent almost two decades focused on service delivery, with several notable successes in fast-growth technology companies. David introduced a highly successful apprenticeship programme to Bango during 2013, and is a strong advocate of apprenticeships. Initially partnering with Cambridge Regional College, Bango is actively involved with E-Skills UK, helping to define and shape employer-led apprenticeship standards. David – a former apprentice himself, with Tate & Lyle Sugars – has held a number of teaching positions. These include visiting lecturer in Project Management at Plymouth University and lecturer in City & Guilds CAD/CAM engineering at Havering College. David holds a post graduate diploma in Management Studies from Middlesex University.

Frank McLoughlin

Frank McLoughlin

Frank McLoughlin has been Principal of City and Islington College since July 2002. In the May 2008 Ofsted Inspection the College joined a small handful of colleges nationally, judged to be outstanding in every measure. In 2008 the College was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education – the first College to be awarded this for a second time.

Frank is a founding member and ex-Chair of the influential 157 Group of further education colleges.  He is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for Further Education and Skills. He is also a member of the London Councils Young People’s Education and Skills Board and the London First Employment and Skills Steering Group.  Frank is a board member of Action Aid UK, a member of the All Souls Group, an honorary fellow of City University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Frank was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2009.

In March 2012 Frank was appointed by the Minister for FE and Skills John Hayes to Chair the Independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning.  The Commission report “It’s about work” was published on 25 March 2013.

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Ed Miliband was born in 1969. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and later took time out of politics to gain a MA in Economics at the London School of Economics and spend time as a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies of Harvard University in 2002/3.

In 1993, while working as a television journalist, he was recruited as a researcher for the Labour Party’s shadow Treasury team, working for Harriet Harman MP. He served under Gordon Brown both in Opposition and Government, later becoming chairman of the Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers.

He was elected MP for Doncaster North in 2005, serving as Minister for the Third Sector from 2006 and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from October 2008. Since his election as Leader of the Labour Party in September 2010, he has set out his vision of ‘One Nation Labour,’ which emphasises building a society where everybody has a stake, where benefits and burdens are fairly shared, and where we protect the institutions that make us who we are, from our NHS to the United Kingdom.

Ian Nash

Ian Nash

Ian is a journalist and former advertising copywriter with more than 30 years’ editorial experience. He writes extensively on further education and work-based training and provides media support services for national and regional education organisations.

He created TES/FE Focus – the first national newspaper to produce a publication for the FE sector – which he edited for 12 years. He is also responsible for more than 30 sponsored magazines on further and adult education, business-education links, 14-19 education and IT in colleges.

Ian stepped down as Associate FE Editor in January 2008 to devote more time to the Nash & Jones Partnership. He is also a member of the Policy Consortium, an advice, research & development support network. Other publications include Overcoming Social Exclusion Through Adult Learning, which he wrote when seconded from the TES to the OECD. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ben Page

Ben Page

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000.

From 1987-1992 Ben worked on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Named one of the “100 most influential people in the public sector” by the Guardian, and one of the 50 “most influential” by both Local Government Chronicle and the Health Service Journal, he is a winner of a British Market Research Association (BMRA) award and a 2005 Market Research Society (MRS) medal. Ben is currently on advisory groups at the CBI, Design Council, Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), and the Social Market Foundation (SMF).

Claire Paul

Claire Paul

In a career spanning 27 years in the broadcasting industry, Claire has undertaken a broad range of senior editorial and management roles. She’s currently working with the BBC Academy to ensure that the BBC attracts the brightest young talent from the broadest range of backgrounds. Claire has led the BBC’s growth in apprenticeships, working with other employers to develop employer designed qualifications, including a ground breaking degree level Technology apprenticeship involving university partners.

A journalist by background, Claire has been the General Manager of BBC News and the General Manager of BBC Radio & Music. In this role she project managed the launch of the BBC’s digital radio networks. Before that she was Head of Editorial Standards for BBC Production, working with the BBC’s Production Board to ensure that the BBC’s television programmes met the highest editorial standards. Claire started off her career as a radio presenter and, at 25, was the BBC’s youngest ever radio station Editor when she launched what is now BBC Southern Counties Radio.

Ursula Renold

Ursula Renold

Ursula Renold heads a research centre for comparative education system at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. She is also Chairman of the University Board of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to this, Ursula was Director General of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) until June 2012. In this position she has headed Switzerland‘s competence centre for professional education, universities of applied sciences, and innovation since 2005.

Before becoming Director General,Ursula was head of OPET’s Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) Division and Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training. Ursula has launched numerous initiatives which have great impact on VPET system in Switzerland. She holds an honorary Professorship in Professional Education at the University of Applied Labour Studies in Mannheim (Germany).

Conor Ryan

Conor Ryan

Conor leads on the Sutton Trust’s communications and research work.  Conor was senior education adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2005-2007 and was David Blunkett’s special adviser from 1993-2001, covering both policy and media relations in government and opposition for the Education and Employment Secretary.

Before joining the Trust Conor was an independent writer and consultant, working with many education organisations, and senior education figures.

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General. He also provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilisation of skills and their social and economic outcomes. This includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Before joining the OECD, Andreas was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement.” He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Isabel Schreck

Isabel Schreck

After Isabell finished her final secondary school examinations (the equivalent of A-Levels) in Germany she started a vocational education as an Industrial Administrator at Webasto.
She decided to do vocational education because she did not know what she wanted to study. She needed a direction first.

During her vocational education Isabell worked in a number of departments and learned a lot of practical knowledge. She finished her vocational training in February 2014 and works now as a Team Assistant at the Customer Group Daimler.

Isabell does not regret her decision to do vocational education first because she got the chance to get a lot of practical as well as theoretical knowledge and that is something she believes you don’t get while you are studying.

John Spierings

John Spierings

John was appointed as the Reichstein Foundation’s Executive Officer in 2013 after more than four and a half years’ experience as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He had responsibility for higher education, skills, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office.

He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, including being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues.

Graham Stuart MP

Graham Stuart MP

Graham Stuart has been the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness in East Yorkshire since May 2005.  In 2006 he was elected to the Conservative Party Board.  In 2010 he was elected by fellow MPs to serve as the Chairman of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, having been a member of the Committee since 2007.  Since his election the Committee has conducted a wide range of inquiries, including on curriculum and exam reform, residential children’s homes and – most recently – white working class underachievement.

Graham was born in Carlisle in 1962, and attended Glenalmond College before reading Philosophy and then Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1982-85.  He started his publishing business at the end of his first year at Cambridge and sold the business in 2011

James Turner

James Turner

James is Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the Sutton Trust and leads on the delivery of the Trust’s programmes.  James led the Trust’s bid for the Education Endowment Fund and undertook the role of interim Chief Executive, overseeing the set up of the new EEF charity, its infrastructure and grant-making process.

James is now a trustee of the EEF, and also sits on the board of PRIME, The Brilliant Club and accessprofessions.com, and is one of the founder directors of The Children’s University.

Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

Ian is a Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group London, where he leads both the Financial Institutions and Education practices. He has led numerous projects for The Sutton Trust, on GCSE under-performance, university entry, and more recently on vocational education and access to the City.

Ian has also led projects for the Education Endowment Foundation, Teach First and the New Schools Network.

He has a Bachelor in Commerce and Masters in Finance from University College Dublin, where he was a member of the Governing Authority. He qualified as a barrister at the King’s Inns in Dublin and is a member of the Irish bar.

Nick Wilkinson

Nick Wilkinson

Nick was raised in Yorkshire, and attended Heckmondwike Grammar school (HGS) before going on to Huddersfield Polytechnic where he gained a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering.

During the course, he decided that he wanted a career in general management rather than specialising in design, so embarked upon a career in Production, Purchasing and Stock Control, starting out on a Teaching Company Scheme.

During his career, he has worked for Holset/Cummins, Spring Ram, MFI and latterly Unique Party – a distributor of Party products. As Supply Chain Manager, he heads up a team responsible for forecasting and stock control of the Company’s products. He is also a Director/Partner of a small building company set up to convert some old barns into residential dwellings, in Lincolnshire.

He has two daughters – Katie, 21, an Apprentice Accountant for 3 years, and Lucy, 18, who has just completed A levels –both also attended HGS. However, he has not pushed his daughters towards University, but has empowered them to make their own decisions and follow their dreams.

Alison Wolf

Alison Wolf

Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. Alison’s latest book is “The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society.”

She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills; writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4; and in March 2011 completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the Secretary of State for Education.

Professor Wolf was awarded the 2008 Sam Aaronovitch memorial prize for her article in Local Economy on the Leitch Review of Skills. She has been an adviser to, among others, the OECD, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Ministries of Education of New Zealand, France and South Africa, the European Commission, the International Accounting Education Standards Board, and the Bar Council. Professor Wolf was awarded the CBE for services to education in the Queen’s 2012 birthday honours.

Rob Wall

Rob Wall

Rob leads the CBI’s work on employment regulation, employee relations, education and skills. He has a strong background in public policy and, prior to joining the CBI, led policy teams in the Cabinet Office and in Home Office agencies.

Rob has also worked internationally, representing UK interests overseas and leading award-winning global projects. He has a degree in politics and recently completed a MBA at Henley Business School.

Mohsen Ojja

Mohsen Ojja

Mohsen Ojja has been a senior leader in a number of challenging London schools and Associate Principal of Ark Globe Academy since January 2013.

At Globe, Mohsen leads curriculum development and assessment, bringing a robust and rigorous approach to ensure pupil progress at all key stages.
Mohsen has been teaching for 12 years, entering the profession to share the passion for Science and languages he gained from his degree at the Sorbonne University. He speaks several languages and is particularly interested in the science of language learning. As a teacher and leader in school he aims to promote academic excellence for all.

Mohsen is driven to close the attainment gap through great leadership and aims to secure an education system that offers meaningful pathways and fulfilling learning to all students.

Tami McCrone

Tami McCrone

Tami is a member of a new National Foundation for Educational Research team that is leading efforts to ensure that our research engages effectively with policymakers, teachers, and others involved in the education sector, and leads them to do things differently as a result.

Tami previously worked as a Senior Research Manager in the Centre for Evaluation and Evidence in the Research Department at NFER. She has led qualitative and quantitative research projects and literature reviews for government departments and educational agencies at local and national levels. Her particular interests include 14 to 19 education; careers education and guidance; young people not in education, employment or training (NEET); the transition from education to employment and school improvement.