David Corke has 18 years of experience in FE senior management in and is responsible for education and skills policy at the Association of Colleges.
As well as working in and leading curriculum and business support areas at a number of FE colleges, David has led commercial and professional services departments at the Peter Jones Foundation and in the IT industry. He's also a qualified teacher who has taught learners from entry level through to Masters level. His research interests focus on FE policy and the marketisation of education.
David will give a keynote talk on day one, Tuesday 9 November.
Lindy is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ.
A proud Northern Irishwoman, Lindy was previously director general at the Northern Ireland Office during the negotiation of the UK-EU Northern Ireland Protocol and the most recent talks to restore the Executive. Before that, she was director general country programmes in DFID, responsible for the £4bn bilateral aid programme in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and was appointed CB in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for her services to international development.
She started her career in the private sector with McKinsey and has spent more than twenty years in government working at home and overseas, including Lagos, Hanoi, the Balkans, Baghdad and Kabul with DFID and Helmand for the FCO.
Lindy will give a keynote talk on day two, Wednesday 10 November.
Daniel is a policy manager at Universities UK, and leads on research policy.
Universities UK is the collective voice of 140 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Daniel has previously worked for the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) and as a senior researcher for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Daniel studied politics at Loughborough University and at Lund University (Sweden) as part of the Erasmus programme.
Daniel will give a keynote talk on day three, Thursday 11 November.
Other featured speakers include...
Professor Liz Barnes CBE DL
Liz is vice chancellor and chief executive of Staffordshire University
Liz’s career has been built around leading learning and teaching, with a focus on the student experience and a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and achievements. Previously, Liz has been deputy vice chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University, following a long career at Teesside University.
With a commitment to universities playing their role in the community and supporting opportunities and initiatives to improve the life chances of our young people, Liz has served on a number of charitable trust boards. Whilst in Derby she was chair of Safe and Sound, a charity that supported children, and their families, that suffered sexual exploitation and worked to eradicate the grooming of young people.
Sadie is professor of cyber security in the department of computer science at the University of Oxford.
She teaches operational aspects of cyber security including threat detection, risk assessment and security architectures. Elsewhere in Oxford, she is a member of the faculty of the Blavatnik School executive public leaders programme, teaching cyber security topics relevant to senior leaders in public policy from around the world, and is a regular contributor to the leadership programmes and MBA teaching of the Said Business School.
Her current research portfolio includes: threat modelling and detection with particular interest in the insider threat and threat from AI, visual analytics for cybersecurity, risk propagation logics and communication, resilience strategies for business, privacy requirements, vulnerability of distributed ledgers and block-chains, understanding cyber-harm and how it emerges for single organisations, nations and the potential for systemic cyber-risk.
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