This is the key national event for Governors, Chairs and Clerks in the sector. The annual event will provide valuable insight and clarity on the key challenges facing governors and colleges including the new education inspection framework and the incoming insolvency regime. The summit provides excellent opportunities to build your network of colleagues. Learn, share and discuss your common challenges and opportunities and leave with ideas to improve the effectiveness of governance and board performance in your college.

Benefits of attending

  • Gain an overview of the new education inspection framework and what the changes will mean for the sector from Paul Joyce HMI, Ofsted
  • Discuss different governance structures, what works and what doesn’t and what are the key ingredients for an effective board
  • Gain an update on the insolvency regime and changes to the Further Education commissioner role from Richard Atkins CBE
  • Network and build connections with colleagues and learn from each other’s best practice

What did previous delegates say?

‘A good blend of platform speakers, networking opportunities, and an excellent choice of breakout sessions, which were interesting and provided information to be shared with the board.’
Sheila Selwood, Governor and Chair of Audit, Bedford College Group

‘The conference provided a good balance between inputs and opportunities to network with other governors. The up-to-date briefings were valuable.’
Richard Noah, Chair of the Corporation Board, Weymouth College

‘Conference was excellent, a well-balanced day and those who were not there should make sure they do not miss it next year! Very well organised.’
Jeff Beer, Governor, Cornwall College Group

‘An opportunity to hear leaders in FE set out their ambitions for FE and welcomed being able to network and discuss with colleagues what we have heard.’
Dawn Samwell, Governor, Havering College of Further and Higher Education

‘The annual AoC Governance conference has become an invaluable event each year. A ‘one-stop’ shop to get an overview of what’s happening, what’s not and make sure you haven’t missed any vital new initiatives.’
Ra Hamilton-Burns, Director of Governance, Sussex Downs College

Date

28-03-2019

Venue

99 City Road Conference Centre
Inmarsat
99 City Road
London
EC1Y 1AX

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £199 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.
Free cancellation before Thursday 28 February.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

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Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch wltith our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2616

Programme

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Speakers

J. Noah Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.
Noah has earned a reputation as a popular speaker at a wide array of events, including college commencement and convocation ceremonies, international conferences, state college association conventions and other events. He has been featured in PARADE magazine’s “Intelligence Report” and has contributed writing to a number of publications, currently serving as a contributing columnist to FE News, one of the United Kingdom’s foremost further-education publications, and is a regular commentator for Higher Education Talk Radio.

Frank Bryan

Job Title Chairman

Mr Frank Bryan has been a member of the governing body of Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) since August 2011. He served as Vice-Chairman and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, before becoming Chair of the Governing Body in 2015. Mr Bryan was Trustee Chair of BMC’s Charitable Trust until December 2018.

Mr Bryan is an experienced Non-Executive Director (NED), Chartered Director, Chartered Engineer, senior executive coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Outside of the FE Sector Mr Bryan currently holds the following roles:
• Executive coaching and Vistage Chair;
• NED of Cirdan Ltd.

Previous roles in economic policy development and technology in Northern Ireland:
• NED, and Acting Chief Executive, of QUBIS Ltd, Queen’s University’s commercialisation spin-out vehicle for research and innovation;
• Chair of TechStart NI Investment Advisory Board;
• Member of the Northern Ireland Economic Development Forum (EDF);
• Member of MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s Science & Industry Panel.

Over many years, Mr Bryan also served as a representative of the business community for Northern Ireland in a number of capacities including:
• NED of the Institute of Directors (IoD) UK National Board;
• Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland;
• NED of Northern Ireland Hospice (Trading) Ltd.;
• NED of Ballynafeigh Community Development Association;
• Business Representative on NI Civic Forum.

Danny Eastman

Cyber Security Specialist

Danny Eastman, GDPR and Cyber Security specialist assists AoC member colleges to prepare and develop governance, to ensure compliance with a variety of industry regulations, including ISO standards and the incoming GDPR data protection legislation. Alongside this, Danny delivers comprehensive cyber security consultancy to ensure that businesses mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks, in an ever-increasing threat landscape.
Danny gives clients clear and concise direction that is easy to digest and implement, debunking misconceptions and keeping things jargon-free. He empowers business owners to take control and understand their obligations, taking a collaborative approach to understand each business on an individual level. Ultimately, Danny values the ongoing relationships that he has with his clients, adjusting and developing policies and advice as their businesses grow and change.

With his knowledge and experience in cyber security, Danny advises clients on a range of data protection issues. Whilst also providing guidance for large national organisations, Danny has extensive experience in working with FE Colleges and SMEs across a diverse range of industry sectors.
In addition to his professional life, Danny passionately raising awareness for charitable causes. He is currently the Vice Chair of Trustees for the UK’s national charity for ADHD and donates his time to The Big Issue Foundation, providing ongoing cyber security consultancy.

Geraint Evans MBE

Chair of Corporation Cardiff and Vale College

Geraint Evans MBE is a lawyer who spent more than 20 years working as a Managing Director for a retail company. Alongside running several successful businesses, Geraint holds a number of voluntary positions in the business and education sectors serving local communities across Cardiff and the Vale. These include, Chair of Business in Focus (the business support and enterprise company), Vice Chair of Governors at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, having spent the previous 12 years as its’ Chair; plus two Trusteeships in the education sector. Geraint has been the Corporation Chair of Cardiff and Vale College since its formation in 2011, which followed on from his service of 10 years as a Governor at the pre-merged Barry College. Geraint is an avid sports fan, particularly of rugby and cricket having played for the MCC in his younger days.

Jennifer Foote MBE

Company Secretary & general Counsel

Currently Company Secretary and General Counsel at LTE group, one of the largest learning and skills social enterprises in the UK, Jennifer has the legal and governance remit for an organisation which encompasses a statutory corporation, subsidiary companies and joint venture operations. Jennifer has extensive experience of public sector, charity and education governance and has practiced as a governance professional in the FE sector for a number of years.

Angela Foulkes

Chief Executive and Principal

Angela has been the Chief Executive and Principal of The Sheffield College since May 2018, having originally been appointed as Principal in September 2017.
Angela has worked in Further Education Colleges for 25 years; she worked in a variety of Colleges in London for the first 15 years of her career, initially as an English teacher and then progressing to hold a range of leadership posts focusing on English, mathematics, Skills for Life and employability skills.
Angela moved to South Yorkshire in 2008 to take up a Vice Principal post at Barnsley College where she was very proud to be part of the leadership team that delivered an outstanding Ofsted outcome for students at the College. Angela also held a Vice Principal post at The Manchester College before joining The Sheffield College.
Angela holds a number of trustee roles including at the Sheffield UTC, with Sheffield Futures, she is also a Patron of the National Centre for Diversity and a Governor for The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Beri Hare OBE

Co-Vice Chair of Governors

Beri Hare OBE was appointed as a governor of the Sheffield College in July 2017 and is a Vice-Chair of the board and Chair of the Teaching, Learning Quality and Student Experience Committee. Beri is currently an educational consultant, and is a reviewer of applications for FE Charter status. Until recently, Beri was an Adviser to the FE Commissioner, implementing reforms to FE and also working with intervention teams to support colleges with financial and/or quality difficulties. Prior to this Beri, was Chief Executive and Principal of Stroud College (2006-2012) and a registered Ofsted Inspector working on teams inspecting FE, sixth form colleges, adult education and apprenticeships. In 2011, Beri was awarded an OBE for services to FE.

Polly Harrow

Head of Faculty Progress & Inclusion / Chair NAMSS

Polly Harrow has worked in the FE sector for over 25 years. She is an experienced safeguarding lead and sits on the national Prevent Group, her local Children’s Safeguarding Board, and the Gold Prevent group. Polly is recognised at a national level for her expertise on safeguarding issues. Polly is a governor at a local school and takes responsibility for both safeguarding and SEND in that role.

Sir Frank McLoughlin

Associate Director Leadership

Sir Frank heads the ETF work on Leadership and Governance. Sir Frank is one of the leading voices in the FE and training sector. Fourteen years as Principal of City and Islington College until July 2016, he has advised on policy development at a local, regional and national level.  Sir Frank was Chair of the highly influential Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), whose report ‘It’s about work’ is central to the ETF’s mission. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 and a Knighthood in 2015. Through his work with ETF, he wants to make a major contribution to system wide leadership development.

Keith McKellar

Regional Chair

Keith was appointed by Scottish Ministers as the Regional Chair of West College Scotland (WCS) and has undertaken this role for the past five years. WCS is one of the largest in Scotland with around 23,000 students and 1,200 staff. Prior to this, Keith was the Chair of Stow College and led the merger of Stow, North Glasgow and John Wheatly colleges to form Glasgow Kelvin College.
As part of his appointment as Regional Chair, Keith is also a Non-executive Director of Colleges Scotland – the representative body for the college sector in Scotland. In this capacity, he successfully chaired the Employers’ Association – the committee responsible for the re-introduction of National Bargaining into the college sector, after an absence of 23 years.
Keith is a member of the Good Governance Steering Group – an advisory body to Scottish Ministers on all governance matters relating to the college sector in Scotland. The group was also responsible for developing the sector’s Code of Governance.
A scientist by profession, Keith is CEO of the Hannah Dairy Research Foundation, an agricultural research charity. Prior to this he held a seconded appointment with the Scottish Government; Chief Scientist Office, serving as CEO of Scottish Health Innovations (the technology transfer arm of NHS Scotland) and NHS Research Scotland with national responsible for clinical research.

Eileen Milner

CEO and Accounting Officer of Education and Skills Funding Agency

Eileen Milner was appointed Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in November 2017. Eileen has held a number of senior roles in the technology and public services advisory space. She began her career in local government, specialising in education services, later moving into higher education.
Her most recent roles include:

  • Executive Director of Customer and Corporate Services, Care Quality Commission
  • Executive Director of Business Strategy, Northgate Information Solutions
  • Director Grant Thornton LLP
  • Director, RSM Robson Rhodes

Between 2010 and 2016 Eileen was a trustee of the Bell Foundation, which aims to create opportunities and change lives through language education for excluded individuals and communities.

Kathryn Podmore MBE

Education Advisor

Kathryn began her teaching career in the school sector and then gained extensive experience within Further Education. Having worked within Staffordshire to establish a Post 16 Centre she was appointed to senior leader posts in the North West. She was Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College for 12 years, which was rated by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas, and was recognised through the attainment of several national awards. She subsequently became CEO of Wirral Academy Trust, having established a Multi Academy Trust.

She worked extensively in education as Chair of both regional and national committees to promote developments in FE and support leaders in education. She has been a member of governing bodies in both the school and FE sector and has worked with governors to improve the quality of governance. In 2018 Kathryn was awarded the MBE for services to education. She has now retired from her full time role to allow her to work with a variety of organisations as an advisor enabling her to maintain close links with education and continue to support the development of young people.

Seb Schmoller

Chair

Seb Schmoller has been chair of The Sheffield College’s board since January 2018, having served as a governor since 2008. Seb spent over 20 years teaching and writing training courses for trade union representatives for the TUC, initially at the former Granville College in Sheffield. During the 1990s he became a specialist in online learning, since when he has worked for a wide range of private and public sector organisations helping them make better use of digital learning. Seb retired in 2012 after ten years as Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology. He is on the Board of the Sheffield-based awarding organisation NOCN, and is an external member of the Audit Committee of Northern College, where Seb was a governor between 2015 and 2018.

Carole Stott

Chair of Governors

Carole is Chair of Bath College and former chair of AoC and WorldSkills UK. She was also Chair of City Lit in London until 2012. She is a qualified teacher with a long career as a teacher, manager and leader in further education.

Hayden Taylor

Managing Director

Hayden Taylor is the Managing Director of Unloc, a youth-led social enterprise with a mission statement to support and empower young people to be changemakers. Unloc works with over 100 schools and colleges on student voice strategy and programming, including youth leadership initiatives. The organisation has a keen interest in helping student governors to be successful in their roles, having run student governor training programmes for the past three years.

Hayden, now 22, has been a governor of Portsmouth College for four years, and is on the board of several schools and charities. In addition, Hayden is a passionate campaigner for youth leadership, undertaking roles including as a One Young World Ambassador for the UK and a Jo Cox Memorial Scholar for the U.S Embassy.

Ben Wood

Partner

Ben is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s top ranked education team who specialises in advising educational establishments on governance and employment matters.
Ben provides governance advice to further education and sixth form colleges nationally. Experience includes advising numerous colleges on changing constitutional documents. Day to day, Ben advises colleges on sensitive issues involving corporation members and senior postholders.

Ben edits Eversheds Sutherland’s unique commentaries on the instrument and articles of FE colleges. He has published numerous articles on governance in the education sector. Ben is regularly involved in providing training for governors and senior managers of educational institutions covering a wide range of topics including: governance models, managing conflicts of interest, whistleblowing, misuse of social media, performance management and restructuring.

J. Noah Brown

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996. He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan. Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award.
Noah has earned a reputation as a popular speaker at a wide array of events, including college commencement and convocation ceremonies, international conferences, state college association conventions and other events. He has been featured in PARADE magazine’s “Intelligence Report” and has contributed writing to a number of publications, currently serving as a contributing columnist to FE News, one of the United Kingdom’s foremost further-education publications, and is a regular commentator for Higher Education Talk Radio.

Frank Bryan

Mr Frank Bryan has been a member of the governing body of Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) since August 2011. He served as Vice-Chairman and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, before becoming Chair of the Governing Body in 2015. Mr Bryan was Trustee Chair of BMC’s Charitable Trust until December 2018.

Mr Bryan is an experienced Non-Executive Director (NED), Chartered Director, Chartered Engineer, senior executive coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Outside of the FE Sector Mr Bryan currently holds the following roles:
• Executive coaching and Vistage Chair;
• NED of Cirdan Ltd.

Previous roles in economic policy development and technology in Northern Ireland:
• NED, and Acting Chief Executive, of QUBIS Ltd, Queen’s University’s commercialisation spin-out vehicle for research and innovation;
• Chair of TechStart NI Investment Advisory Board;
• Member of the Northern Ireland Economic Development Forum (EDF);
• Member of MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s Science & Industry Panel.

Over many years, Mr Bryan also served as a representative of the business community for Northern Ireland in a number of capacities including:
• NED of the Institute of Directors (IoD) UK National Board;
• Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland;
• NED of Northern Ireland Hospice (Trading) Ltd.;
• NED of Ballynafeigh Community Development Association;
• Business Representative on NI Civic Forum.

Danny Eastman

Danny Eastman, GDPR and Cyber Security specialist assists AoC member colleges to prepare and develop governance, to ensure compliance with a variety of industry regulations, including ISO standards and the incoming GDPR data protection legislation. Alongside this, Danny delivers comprehensive cyber security consultancy to ensure that businesses mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks, in an ever-increasing threat landscape.
Danny gives clients clear and concise direction that is easy to digest and implement, debunking misconceptions and keeping things jargon-free. He empowers business owners to take control and understand their obligations, taking a collaborative approach to understand each business on an individual level. Ultimately, Danny values the ongoing relationships that he has with his clients, adjusting and developing policies and advice as their businesses grow and change.

With his knowledge and experience in cyber security, Danny advises clients on a range of data protection issues. Whilst also providing guidance for large national organisations, Danny has extensive experience in working with FE Colleges and SMEs across a diverse range of industry sectors.
In addition to his professional life, Danny passionately raising awareness for charitable causes. He is currently the Vice Chair of Trustees for the UK’s national charity for ADHD and donates his time to The Big Issue Foundation, providing ongoing cyber security consultancy.

Geraint Evans MBE

Geraint Evans MBE is a lawyer who spent more than 20 years working as a Managing Director for a retail company. Alongside running several successful businesses, Geraint holds a number of voluntary positions in the business and education sectors serving local communities across Cardiff and the Vale. These include, Chair of Business in Focus (the business support and enterprise company), Vice Chair of Governors at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, having spent the previous 12 years as its’ Chair; plus two Trusteeships in the education sector. Geraint has been the Corporation Chair of Cardiff and Vale College since its formation in 2011, which followed on from his service of 10 years as a Governor at the pre-merged Barry College. Geraint is an avid sports fan, particularly of rugby and cricket having played for the MCC in his younger days.

Jennifer Foote MBE

Currently Company Secretary and General Counsel at LTE group, one of the largest learning and skills social enterprises in the UK, Jennifer has the legal and governance remit for an organisation which encompasses a statutory corporation, subsidiary companies and joint venture operations. Jennifer has extensive experience of public sector, charity and education governance and has practiced as a governance professional in the FE sector for a number of years.

Angela Foulkes

Angela has been the Chief Executive and Principal of The Sheffield College since May 2018, having originally been appointed as Principal in September 2017.
Angela has worked in Further Education Colleges for 25 years; she worked in a variety of Colleges in London for the first 15 years of her career, initially as an English teacher and then progressing to hold a range of leadership posts focusing on English, mathematics, Skills for Life and employability skills.
Angela moved to South Yorkshire in 2008 to take up a Vice Principal post at Barnsley College where she was very proud to be part of the leadership team that delivered an outstanding Ofsted outcome for students at the College. Angela also held a Vice Principal post at The Manchester College before joining The Sheffield College.
Angela holds a number of trustee roles including at the Sheffield UTC, with Sheffield Futures, she is also a Patron of the National Centre for Diversity and a Governor for The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Beri Hare OBE

Beri Hare OBE was appointed as a governor of the Sheffield College in July 2017 and is a Vice-Chair of the board and Chair of the Teaching, Learning Quality and Student Experience Committee. Beri is currently an educational consultant, and is a reviewer of applications for FE Charter status. Until recently, Beri was an Adviser to the FE Commissioner, implementing reforms to FE and also working with intervention teams to support colleges with financial and/or quality difficulties. Prior to this Beri, was Chief Executive and Principal of Stroud College (2006-2012) and a registered Ofsted Inspector working on teams inspecting FE, sixth form colleges, adult education and apprenticeships. In 2011, Beri was awarded an OBE for services to FE.

Polly Harrow

Polly Harrow has worked in the FE sector for over 25 years. She is an experienced safeguarding lead and sits on the national Prevent Group, her local Children’s Safeguarding Board, and the Gold Prevent group. Polly is recognised at a national level for her expertise on safeguarding issues. Polly is a governor at a local school and takes responsibility for both safeguarding and SEND in that role.

Sir Frank McLoughlin

Sir Frank heads the ETF work on Leadership and Governance. Sir Frank is one of the leading voices in the FE and training sector. Fourteen years as Principal of City and Islington College until July 2016, he has advised on policy development at a local, regional and national level.  Sir Frank was Chair of the highly influential Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), whose report ‘It’s about work’ is central to the ETF’s mission. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 and a Knighthood in 2015. Through his work with ETF, he wants to make a major contribution to system wide leadership development.

Keith McKellar

Keith was appointed by Scottish Ministers as the Regional Chair of West College Scotland (WCS) and has undertaken this role for the past five years. WCS is one of the largest in Scotland with around 23,000 students and 1,200 staff. Prior to this, Keith was the Chair of Stow College and led the merger of Stow, North Glasgow and John Wheatly colleges to form Glasgow Kelvin College.
As part of his appointment as Regional Chair, Keith is also a Non-executive Director of Colleges Scotland – the representative body for the college sector in Scotland. In this capacity, he successfully chaired the Employers’ Association – the committee responsible for the re-introduction of National Bargaining into the college sector, after an absence of 23 years.
Keith is a member of the Good Governance Steering Group – an advisory body to Scottish Ministers on all governance matters relating to the college sector in Scotland. The group was also responsible for developing the sector’s Code of Governance.
A scientist by profession, Keith is CEO of the Hannah Dairy Research Foundation, an agricultural research charity. Prior to this he held a seconded appointment with the Scottish Government; Chief Scientist Office, serving as CEO of Scottish Health Innovations (the technology transfer arm of NHS Scotland) and NHS Research Scotland with national responsible for clinical research.

Eileen Milner

Eileen Milner was appointed Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in November 2017. Eileen has held a number of senior roles in the technology and public services advisory space. She began her career in local government, specialising in education services, later moving into higher education.
Her most recent roles include:

  • Executive Director of Customer and Corporate Services, Care Quality Commission
  • Executive Director of Business Strategy, Northgate Information Solutions
  • Director Grant Thornton LLP
  • Director, RSM Robson Rhodes

Between 2010 and 2016 Eileen was a trustee of the Bell Foundation, which aims to create opportunities and change lives through language education for excluded individuals and communities.

Kathryn Podmore MBE

Kathryn began her teaching career in the school sector and then gained extensive experience within Further Education. Having worked within Staffordshire to establish a Post 16 Centre she was appointed to senior leader posts in the North West. She was Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College for 12 years, which was rated by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas, and was recognised through the attainment of several national awards. She subsequently became CEO of Wirral Academy Trust, having established a Multi Academy Trust.

She worked extensively in education as Chair of both regional and national committees to promote developments in FE and support leaders in education. She has been a member of governing bodies in both the school and FE sector and has worked with governors to improve the quality of governance. In 2018 Kathryn was awarded the MBE for services to education. She has now retired from her full time role to allow her to work with a variety of organisations as an advisor enabling her to maintain close links with education and continue to support the development of young people.

Seb Schmoller

Seb Schmoller has been chair of The Sheffield College’s board since January 2018, having served as a governor since 2008. Seb spent over 20 years teaching and writing training courses for trade union representatives for the TUC, initially at the former Granville College in Sheffield. During the 1990s he became a specialist in online learning, since when he has worked for a wide range of private and public sector organisations helping them make better use of digital learning. Seb retired in 2012 after ten years as Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology. He is on the Board of the Sheffield-based awarding organisation NOCN, and is an external member of the Audit Committee of Northern College, where Seb was a governor between 2015 and 2018.

Carole Stott

Carole is Chair of Bath College and former chair of AoC and WorldSkills UK. She was also Chair of City Lit in London until 2012. She is a qualified teacher with a long career as a teacher, manager and leader in further education.

Hayden Taylor

Hayden Taylor is the Managing Director of Unloc, a youth-led social enterprise with a mission statement to support and empower young people to be changemakers. Unloc works with over 100 schools and colleges on student voice strategy and programming, including youth leadership initiatives. The organisation has a keen interest in helping student governors to be successful in their roles, having run student governor training programmes for the past three years.

Hayden, now 22, has been a governor of Portsmouth College for four years, and is on the board of several schools and charities. In addition, Hayden is a passionate campaigner for youth leadership, undertaking roles including as a One Young World Ambassador for the UK and a Jo Cox Memorial Scholar for the U.S Embassy.

Ben Wood

Ben is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s top ranked education team who specialises in advising educational establishments on governance and employment matters.
Ben provides governance advice to further education and sixth form colleges nationally. Experience includes advising numerous colleges on changing constitutional documents. Day to day, Ben advises colleges on sensitive issues involving corporation members and senior postholders.

Ben edits Eversheds Sutherland’s unique commentaries on the instrument and articles of FE colleges. He has published numerous articles on governance in the education sector. Ben is regularly involved in providing training for governors and senior managers of educational institutions covering a wide range of topics including: governance models, managing conflicts of interest, whistleblowing, misuse of social media, performance management and restructuring.

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