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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 and 11.25 - 11.55    Insight Talks

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

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 and 11.25 - 11.55    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

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 - https://youtu.be/zThCv6ex0UE
  • 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.

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.