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OUR 2019 SPEAKERS

Aaron Powell

Aaron Powell 

Chief Technology Officer at UCAS, the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education

Aaron Powell

Aaron Powell 

Chief Technology Officer at UCAS, the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education

Aaron joined UCAS from NHS Blood and Transplant, where he had been Chief Digital Officer since 2014. He has held several senior roles in delivering digital, technology, and operational transformation, both in the UK and overseas, for a variety of customers. 

Aaron is currently fourth in CIO’s top 100 list of the UK’s chief information officers, rising from numbers 38 in 2016, and 20 in 2017. He was awarded Chief Digital Officer of the Year at the 2016 V3 Digital Technology Leaders Awards and was recently named Digital Leader of the Year in the Information Age Tech Leaders Awards 2018. 

During his career, Aaron has worked in software development, training, business analysis, and system design, for a variety public and private sector organisations. Aaron holds a first-class degree from the University of Manchester, and an MBA in IT Management. 

The Chief Technology Officer post at UCAS is a new role and will give a real boost to the delivery of its Future Focus strategy. Aaron will be leading digital transformation, accelerating programme delivery, and contributing to creating a stronger and more sustainable digital business, delivering real value to customers.

Professor Alister Jones

Professor Alister Jones

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato

Professor Alister Jones

Professor Alister Jones

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato

Alister currently leads a number of major change projects within the University of Waikato including implementation of student systems.  He is responsible for international engagement and delivery with a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific regions including development of off-shore programmes and campuses.  A former Dean of Education and Research Professor, Alister is an international consultant in curriculum and assessment on building educational research capability.  A current member of the Establishment Board of the Forum for World Education, Alister holds a number of professional leadership positions including adjunct professor and director.

Barbara Staruk

Barbara Staruk

Managing Director, Product and Development at Tribal

Barbara Staruk

Barbara Staruk

Managing Director, Product and Development at Tribal

Barbara joined Tribal in February 2015 and has 20 years of software industry experience. Barbara has led global market expansion, portfolio rationalisation and product transformation initiatives across multiple software product lines. Barbara has also worked on large-scale government transformation programmes, such as the NHS National Programme for IT.
Christine Ennew

Professor Christine Ennew OBE

Provost at the University of Warwick

Christine Ennew

Professor Christine Ennew OBE

Provost at the University of Warwick

Christine Ennew is Provost at the University of Warwick where she supports the Vice Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources (including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources). In addition, she is Chair of the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee and is the Executive Board lead for the University environmental sustainability strategy and its implementation. 

Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. She began her academic career as an agricultural economist at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1985. She then moved to the University of Nottingham and in 1995 was promoted to Professor of Marketing. She also held visiting academic appointments at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. She has served as Deputy Director of Nottingham University Business School and Academic Director of the Business School at the University’s Malaysia Campus during its start-up phase (2000-2001). From 2004-2007 she was Dean of Social Sciences and from 2008-2016 she was one of Nottingham’s Pro Vice Chancellors, and served as Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She joined the University of Warwick in August 2016. 

 

She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Common Purpose Student Experiences. She is also a Board Member for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Chair of its Regulation Committee. 

She has been actively involved in research in the financial services sector for most of her academic career. She has focused her research on key strategic themes, including service quality and delivery, loyalty and retention, and service failure and recovery and has completed a range of funded projects, most notably in relation to the development of the Trust Index. She has also undertaken business-oriented research specifically in the areas of customer satisfaction, marketing relationships and trust, including on behalf of several major banking organisations. 

In addition to her work on financial services, she is increasingly involved in writing and speaking about the management and marketing of higher education with emphasis on the nature, growth and development of international higher education. 

She has published over 100 articles in refereed journals, presented over 80 refereed conference papers and produced five books.

Clair Mowbray

Clair Mowbray

Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail

Clair Mowbray

Clair Mowbray

Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail

Clair was appointed as Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail, in September 2016. Her involvement with the National College started in 2014 when she joined HS2 Ltd to lead on its development. Since then she has been instrumental in taking the project from concept through to its current stage of development working across stakeholders to achieve buy-in and support for the project.

Clair’s career has been varied working in both the public and private sector. Her roles have included being a Management Consultant at PwC, Project Director at Tribal Education and running her own business. The common thread throughout has been working with organisations dedicated to supporting people through skills development. Her wide experience is an excellent platform for successfully implementing the National College, given its clear mandate to closely link skills development with the economy.

Clair is passionate about promoting the opportunities that the high speed rail sector affords to a wide range of learners through an innovative teaching model.

 

Jill Whittaker

Jill Whittaker

Managing Director, HIT Training

Jill Whittaker

Jill Whittaker

Managing Director, HIT Training

Jill is an award-winning Director with a strong bias for growth and commercial success in unreliable market conditions. She has had a varied career, including experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, and for the last 20 years has worked in the adult education sector specialising in apprenticeships and skills.

In 2006, Jill co-founded HIT Training Ltd together with colleagues from a previous company; HIT now employs 400 people and supports over 10,000 apprentices and 3,300 employers a year. HIT Training is listed in the Times Best Companies to Work For and is the Times Education Supplement’s training provider of the year for 2018.
On a personal level, Jill was named Institute of Directors' Director of the Year for the South East & London and is listed in the Shine Awards 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality.

Jill is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA). When not working, she enjoys skiing, sailing, good food and a nice pint of real ale.

John Cope

John Cope

Head of Education & Skills Policy, CBI

John Cope

John Cope

Head of Education & Skills Policy, CBI

John is the CBI’s Head of Education & Skills Policy, leading the CBI’s work across education, from the early years through to lifelong learning and retraining. Alongside this, John chairs the CBI’s LGBT+ Network. Originally from the Midlands, most of John’s career prior to the CBI was spent in policy and communications, including advising three past education ministers and being a founding director of an education and mental health research institute. Outside of work, John is a governor of an SEND school and sits on the Education Policy Institute’s Advisory Board.
Liz Barnes

Professor Liz Barnes

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University

Liz Barnes

Professor Liz Barnes

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University

Liz has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive since April 2016, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University after a long career at Teesside University.  

As a leading provider of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Staffordshire University has a strong connection with businesses across the region. Throughout her career, Liz has built connections with employers and industry working in partnership to provide vocationally relevant courses and upskill the workforce. With an academic background in physiology she worked closely with the NHS, developing new ways of working and qualification frameworks. Subsequently she has led on significant developments with law enforcement agencies. 

Liz’s career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and their achievements. With a passion for digital technologies and how they can be used to transform the workplace and the learner’s experience, she recently joined the JISC Board.  

Committed to education and young people, Liz is a member of four Multi-Academy Trusts in the Region. Having recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Opportunity Area Partnership Board, she also believes it is important that education and employers are seen to be working jointly in endeavours to improve the life chances of young people in Stoke-on-Trent.

Martin-Doel

Professor Martin Doel CBE

University College London (Institute of Education)

Martin-Doel

Professor Martin Doel CBE

University College London (Institute of Education)

Martin was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London (Institute of Education) in April 2016 after having previously been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2008.  Prior to this Martin served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK. 

He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations and CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for his contribution to education. He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction from King's College, London and a First Class Honours Degree in Education from King Alfred's College Winchester.   

Martin is a Trustee of the Royal London Society for the Blind and of The Challenge, a social integration charity delivering the National Citizen Service and a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a Life-Vice President of the RAF Football Association and a qualified FA Coach.      

Martin’s particular research interests at UCL (IOE) are concerned with the distinctive contribution that further education can make to national prosperity and individual well-being, and the leadership challenges facing further education providers of all kinds.     

Mike Beech

Mike Beech

Marketing Director at Tribal

Mike Beech

Mike Beech

Marketing Director at Tribal

Mike joined Tribal in March 2016 and heads up Tribal’s global marketing team. He is responsible for the strategic development of Tribal’s marketing initiatives and driving awareness 
of the Group’s portfolio 
of capabilities. With over 25 years of experience of the enterprise IT market, Mike has the expertise, drive and enthusiasm needed to ‘tell the Tribal story’ world-wide.

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DAY ONE
09:00

Arrival: Registration, exhibition and refreshments

10:00

Conference start

17:30

Conference finish

17:30 - 19:15 Free time
19:15 - 00:00

Evening function: Gala dinner and awards evening

DAY TWO
08:30

Arrival: Registration, exhibition and refreshments

17:30

Conference finish

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