National Careers Leaders Conference 2021 - Programme Details and Speaker Biographies

Thursday 8 July - Day 1

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 1 - Policy, Vision and Practice

  • Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser in Education, the Gatsby Foundation, and Independent Adviser on Careers to DfE - Careers guidance: more important than ever
  • Nicola Hall, Education Director, The Careers & Enterprise Company

10.40 - 11.10  Insight Talks

  • Unifrog
  • Morrisby
  • Naturally Talented Me

11.25 - 11.55 Insight Talks

  • NHS, Health Education England
  • Rate My Apprenticeship
  • T Levels

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.15   Panel 1 - Inclusivity

  • Kelly Dillon, The Careers & Enterprise Company - SEND
  • Dr Anne Chant, Canterbury Christ Church University - Refugees
  • Eppie Silverman, Careers Lead, Shoreham Academy, United Learning - ICONS project: The role of schools to prepare an inclusive workforce for tomorrow

1.15 - 1.45   Lunch and Exhibition

1.45 - 2.30   Seminar 1

2.45 - 3.30   Seminar 2

3.30 - 3.45   Break

3.45 - 4.30   Open space meet-ups/reflection sessions

Friday 9 July - Day 2

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 2 - Inclusivity

10.40 - 11.10    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

  • Huyen Le, MA student in Career Education and Coaching, University of Derby - How to tailor careers support while maintaining an inclusive approach
  • Ms. Puren Savas Gedikoglu, BAEd, MBA Director & Mentor - Empowering Young People To Become Their Own Career Leaders
  • Charley Fowler, Area Manager and UK Education Lead, Unifrog - Careers Interview Templates, how to maximise the impact of your careers interviews.

11.25 - 11.55    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

  • Rachel Green, Education Engagement and Development Manager - What is the role of the governing body in supporting careers education?
  • Neil Willis, Regional Lead: Education Challenge & Hannah Cummins, Industry Alignment Coordinator, North East LEP - A work experience framework the future
  • Gerard Liston, Director, Forum Talent Potential CIC - Career Development: Every subject. Every Year Group.

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.00    Seminar 3

1.00 - 1.30   Lunch and Exhibition

1.30 - 2.15   Seminar 4

2.30 - 3.30   Panel 2 - Continuity and Transitions

  • James Corbett, DfE - Higher Technical Qualifications -
  • Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive, member services, Association of Colleges - Smoothing the Transition to FE
  • Andrew Webster, Careers & Enterprise Company - Support for FE Colleges

3.30 - 3.45   Summary and conference close

Speaker biographies

Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser in Education, the Gatsby Foundation, and Independent Adviser on Careers to DfE - John Holman is Senior Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Foundation, author of Gatsby’s Good Career Guidance report and Independent Adviser on Careers to DfE. He is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, President of the Association for Science Education, past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the Bridge Group and Chair of the Talent Commission. He was the founding Director of the National Science Learning Centre and was National STEM Director for the English government from 2006 to 2010.  He was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys from 1994 to 2000 and was knighted by the Queen in 2010 for services to education.

Dr Anne Chant, Director of the Centre for Career and Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University - Anne is qualified career development practitioner and active researcher with particular interest in career and personal identities, creative methodologies and BAME engagement in Higher Education.

Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive, member services, Association of Colleges - Kirsti joined AoC as Deputy Chief Executive, Member Services in August 2017.  She has 17 years’ experience working in Further Education from Part-Time Lecturer to her most recent role as Acting Principal.  The focus of her work since 2008 has been around quality improvement and curriculum design, leading a large department from inadequate to outstanding between 2010 and 2012 and maintained outcomes and student experience at this level until she progressed in 2015.  In her most recent college role, Kirsti worked with colleagues to liaise with ESFA, the FE Commissioner’s team and Ofsted to secure removal of both financial and quality notices of concern and to successfully complete a merger in 2017.

Andrew Webster is the Education Sector Manager for Further Education & Skills within the Careers & Enterprise, where he also has a lead role for Personal Guidance. With a Diploma in Careers Guidance, Andrew practised as a Careers Adviser for several years before moving on to hold management positions within Careers and Connexions Services. With over 20 years of experience in careers and employability activities, Andrew is delighted to see the renaissance in careers education and guidance which has taken place over recent years and is keen to see this continue to expand and grow.

Eppie Silverman, Careers Lead - Shoreham Academy, United Learning. Eppie has retained a constant thread of addressing barriers to learning throughout demanding roles in education over the last 12 years. As a level 6 qualified careers leader, she believes that outstanding provision should be constantly changing and adapting to our student's reality and relishes the opportunity to use creative approaches to respond to this challenge. Eppie's training and research in solution focused techniques means that the work she does with young people is designed to impart resilience for life far beyond formal education; she believes strongly in Education's responsibility to develop the 'whole self'. Eppie hopes that her enthusiasm for young people's potential and improving their experience of education proves infectious to those around her.

Gideon Arulmani PhD., Director, The Promise Foundation and International Development Consultant, is a clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree in Career Psychology from the University of Portsmouth (UK) with advanced qualifications in Counselling, Philosophy and Theology. He is the Managing Trustee of The Promise Foundation, India. His work has focused on the interface between culture and counselling. He has presented his research at over 60 international conferences through key note talks and in numerous scientific publications. Gideon is an international development consultant to UN and other multilateral agencies and his ideas been adapted for application in more than 30 countries. He is a board member of the IAEVG, International Fellow, NICEC (UK), Affiliate Professor, University of Malta, Visiting Academic, University of South Eastern Norway, Visiting Professor, Martin Luther University (India) and chairman, IACLP. Gideon is also interested in handcraft and runs a small online business called Mowyla. His strongest passion is making wine!  He has a small vineyard, where he grows an Indian version of Shiraz!

Uuganaa Ramsey is an award-winning author, campaigner, and career coach. Uuganaa won the Scottish Asian Women's Award For Achievement in 2014. Her memoir Mongol won the Janetta Bowie Chalice Non-Fiction Book Award from the Scottish Association of Writers and following Mongol's publication, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service produced a documentary The Meaning of Mongol. Uuganaa was invited to speak at a conference at the United Nations, New York in 2016.

Uuganaa works in Widening Access for higher education. She has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of people including migrants, international students, refugees, and asylum seekers. Uuganaa is a Member of the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE), Founder & Board Member for non-profit organisations, a Member of Race Equality Working Group, University of Strathclyde and a Member of Race Equality Expert Working Group, Advance HE.

Ms. Puren Savas Gedikoglu, BAEd, MBA Director & Mentor - Looking back, I was observant as a child, inquisitive as a young person, questioning as an adult. I have always asked ‘how’ and ‘why’, wishing to apply what I have learned for the wider benefit. I am happy to be able to fulfill this wish once more through this seminar...

My degrees in Education, Pedagogy, Management combined with my trainings in TA (Transactional Analysis) and my experience as Governor for 12 years allowed me to take a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to career guidance for young people.

Huyen Le- MA student in Career Education and Coaching, University of Derby - With over 8 years working in the Training and Business sector in both developing and developed countries in Asia, she supported different groups including children, young people, professionals, university students and vulnerable groups in their career and personal development. She specialises in People and Organisational development to build an inclusive workplace environment.

Polly Wiggins - Freelance Careers Consultant and Writer - As a freelance careers consultant and writer I offer careers consultancy and resources to schools, colleges and private clients. I have a successful history of generating and implementing innovative careers work and a real appreciation of the challenges faced by both schools and young people in our changing world.

Rachel Green - Education Engagement and Development Manager - Having spent over 25 years in the education sector, including as a Primary Headteacher and Multi-Academy Trust Careers Leader, Rachel now works for The CEC, developing resources, delivering training for Careers Leaders, SLT, Governors, Enterprise Co-ordinators and Advisers. Rachel also volunteers as a Governor and Enterprise Adviser.