Spring Symposium 2018: Thinking about Place

Spring Symposium 2018: Thinking about Place

20th April 2018, 10:30am-1:30pm
Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, Birmingham, UK
  • Friday 20th April, 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Venue: Matthew Boulton College, Birmingham 
  • Chair: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive RSA
  • Keynote address: Preet Kaur Gill, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston
  • Panel discussion, lunch, and networking reception
  FETL invites you to join them for a symposium chaired by Matthew Taylor, featuring:
  • Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute
  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Dr Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity and Skills, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Marguerite Ulrich, Chief HR Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland
In addition to the discussion we also to invite you to join leaders and governors from training providers and colleges, LEP leads, local authorities, FETL partners and fellows, as well as other friends of the sector to network, lunch and share ideas on the leadership of thinking. To confirm your place at this event please RSVP here or alternatively contact Simon, at our friends Policy Connect, via: simon.kelleher@policyconnect.org.uk or on 0207 202 8575.

Attendee List

First Name Surname Organisation
Adrian Humphreys Executives on The Web
Alan Cave APM
Alastair Falk The Careers and Enterprise Company
Andria Birch Fircroft College
Andy Norman Centre for Progressive Policy
Anesu Muyambi Solihull College and University Centre
Ben Odams LTE group
Beth Wheaton Policy Connect
Birgit Kehrer ChangeKitchen
Bob Clifford Rathbone Training
Burcu Borysik Revolving Doors Agency
Camilla Rasmussen Cadbury College
Ceara Roopchand AELP
Ceri  Goodrum Further Education Trust for Leadership
Charlotte Bosworth Innovate Awarding
Chris Harding The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Clare Mckenzie Skills for Care
Clr Chris Towe Walsall Council
Clr Diane Donaldson Birmingham City Council
Clr Ian Cruise Birmingham City Council
Clr Jayne Francis Birmingham City Council
Clr Mike Ward Birmingham City Council
Clr Tony Kennedy Birmingham City Council
Colin Marshall KPMG
Dame Ruth Silver Further Education Trust for Leadership
David Hardman Innovation Birmingham
Deborah Wray City & Guilds
Demetri Vlachos The Institute of the Motor Industry
Dr Fadia Dakka Birmingham City University
Dr Fiona Aldridge Learning and Work Institute
Dr Ian McGimpsey University of Birmingham
Dr Julie Nugent West Midlands Combined Authority
Dr Robert Smith Birmingham City University
Dragana Ramsden Morley College
Duncan Tift TheBusinessDesk.com
Elena Magrini Centre for Cities
Emily Stubbs Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
Fay Winterburn Warwickshire County Council
Fiona Baker Leicester and Leicestershire LEP
Frances Wadsworth Department for Education
Gemma Gathercole Lsect
Gordon Matheson CBE University of Strathclyde
Graham Schuhmacher Graham Schuhmacher Independent Skills Partner
Holly Henderson University of Birmingham
Ian Pryce CBE The Bedford College Group
James Matthiss Birmingham Metropolitan College
Janet Clark The National Education Union
Jason Pitt First Orchard
Jev Bhalla Walsall Adult & Community College
Joanna Forbes Shakespeare Martineau
Jonathan Shaw Policy Connect
Kalbir Bains Freelance
Karen McGrath Birmingham City University
Karen Milner Coventry College
Katy Urwin North Warwickshire and South Leicester College
Ketan Gandhi Slough Borough Council
Lisa Cleaver Coventry College
Lloyd  Mulkerrins Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Lorna Lindsay Magna Education & Training Associates Ltd
Louise Jones Birmingham Metropolitan College
Louise Phipps Coventry College
Louise Misselke Guernsey College of Further Education
Maire Williams National Foundation for Educational Research
Mark Dawe AELP
Martin Doel IOE, UCL
Matthew Taylor RSA
Melanie Lenehan Fircroft College
Miranda Blofeld University of Warwick
Neil Bates Technical Professional Education Ltd
Nicolaas Matthijs Blackboard
Olusola McKenzie Learn to Re-create
Paul Grainger Centre for post-14 Education & Work, IOE, UCL
Paul Doherty University College Birmingham
Paul Doyle Hereward College
Paul Warner AELP
Paul McKean Jisc
Paul Cornick Unite the Union
Preet Kaur Gill MP House of Commons
Resham Gill Birmingham City University
Richard Marsh Kaplan UK
Ricky McMenemy Further Education Trust for Leadership
Robert McLaren Policy Connect
Rosalyn Allen APM
Ruth Forster Wagstaff Recruitment
Saboohi  Famili Epping Forest College
Sanjeev Gill Sandwell College
Sara Chan University College Birmingham
Simon Kelleher Policy Connect
Stephen Norris ICS Learn
Steve Swingler West Midlands Combined Authority
Sue Blake SLB Associates
Teresa Addinell South and City College Birmingham
Theodora Tsang Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
Vishal Panchmatia Policy Connect


Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, Birmingham, UK

23rd May 2019

Connecting the Dots: the Role of Further Education in Local Priorities and National Challenges


  • Karin Smyth MP, Bristol South
  • Emma Jarnman, Vice Principal, City of Bristol College
  • Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council
  • Smita Jamdar, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau
  • Prof Ewart Keep, Director of the Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), Oxford University

Dame Ruth Silver, President of Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), invites you to join colleagues working in the FE system and local government at the FETL Spring Symposium.

This Symposium, held in Bristol Parkway, will consider the extent to which institutional, local system, and national priorities align, and ask what policy or cultural changes may be required in order to allow the FE sector to contribute fully to the needs of the country and local communities.

At a time when Combined Authorities and LEPs are being asked to devise local industrial strategies, this timely discussion will bring together stakeholders from across the system and local government to explore how FE can play a more prominent role in addressing a range of policy challenges from raising productivity, the impact of the 4th industrial revolution, and supporting local infrastructure projects.

The symposium will include a networking lunch from 12:30 to 13:30.

Please RSPV here.


City of Bristol College – AEC at Parkway Centre
New Road
Stoke Gifford
BS34 8SF

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17th July 2019

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson, 2003

The next FETL symposium will be held in Parliament and will focus on the emerging role of technology in further education. EdTech and the application of AI has the potential to transform every aspect of teaching, learning and the education environment – but will it and indeed should it?

In line with the Government’s EdTech Strategy, this event will explore the impact of technology on teaching and highlight some of the latest innovations that are being employed in the classroom and workshop to enhance learning. Specifically, the event will involve students to provide a live demonstration of how virtual and mixed reality can provide a more hands-on educational experience.

The symposium discussion will address the challenges and efficacy of moving towards a more technology centred FE sector.

Find more details and save the date here


Attlee Suite
Portcullis House
1 Parliament Street

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