Chairman, Press Holdings Media group & BBC political broadcaster
A well-known anchorman on BBC TV, he is the presenter of The Daily Politics, The Sunday Politics and This Week. Andrew has previously served as British editor of The Economist, editor of The Sunday Times and executive chairman of Sky Television, which he launched in 1989 as Britain’s first multi-channel satellite TV platform. One of his proudest achievements is bringing the Simpsons to British television screens.
Chief executive officer, National Grid
Steve Holliday is Chief Executive of National Grid plc and has also been a Non Executive Director of Marks & Spencer plc since 2004. He is also chairman of the board of trustees at Crisis, the homeless charity.
Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive for the group in 2007.
Prior to joining National Grid he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.
Steve is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He volunteers his time to lead a number of skills and STEM activities and is Vice Chairman of Business in the Community. In June 2012 Steve was appointed as the Prince’s National Ambassador.
Steve also chairs the Young Offender Programme, led by National Grid which in 2011 marked 2000 offenders through the Programme.
Steve, who is 57, holds a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University. His sporting interest include following the fortunes of the England Rugby team. He is married with three children and lives in West London.
MP for West Suffolk, Minister for Skills & Enterprise
Matthew’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked for five years as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected as the Conservative candidate for West Suffolk for the 2010 general election. On winning the seat, Matthew was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that Government departments spend taxpayers’ money and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.
In 2011, he co-authored ‘Masters of Nothing’ with fellow new MP Nadhim Zahawi. The book explores the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes needed to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
In September 2012 Matthew was asked to become Minister for Skills, and stepped down from his Committee roles. As Skills Minister Matthew is responsible for Apprenticeships, sixth forms, and Further Education working across the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. In October 2013 Matthew was asked to become the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, continuing his joint role driving up standards in skills and taking on responsibility for Enterprise.
Head, Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College
Ann has worked in education for over 30 years and became Head of Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College in April 2013, with a mission to turn the school around.
Her teaching experience is predominately inner city based and has focused on raising attainment in a range of schools in the West Midlands. She has been instrumental in moving schools into the outstanding category.
Ann has worked as a Local Authority Adviser, has been a Chair of Examinations and Chief Examiner for Edexcel and is an experienced Additional Inspector for Serco.
Good Careers Guide
Read physics at Oxford, apprenticed as a Chartered Accountant, worked for S. G. Warburg & Co for 12 years, ran a small business in South London, and inherited his titles from his mother in 1992. A whip in the House of Lords in the later years of John Major's government, and remains there as an elected hereditary peer. Has run The Good Schools Guide since 2000, and founded The Good Careers Guide in 2013.
Senior VP HR Capgemini, Cap Gemini
Ann is the UK SVP for HR and also responsible for Group HR transformation activity. She has been with the company since 2001 and has responsibility for the provision of HR services to all UK business lines and is a member of the UK Core Services business management team.
Ann’s UK areas of responsibility include pay and performance, learning, talent, HR systems, recruitment, exec mobility and policy. Ann is also responsible for setting up the Global HR Shared Service activity for the Capgemini Group which is based in Kolkata, Krakow and Guatemala. Ann is currently also leading a project with employers in the wider IT Services community to develop and promote the recruitment of apprentices into the sector. Prior to Capgemini, Ann held International HR Director roles with Colt Telecom and Cable and Wireless. Ann is a Fellow of the CIPD, has a Masters qualification in executive coaching and is Visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. Outside of work, Ann is married with two teenage daughters and is involved in local school events.
Head, Campion School
Mark Feldman has worked in education for thirty-five years. He has taught in a wide variety of school contexts in both London and the Midlands and became Headteacher of Campion School, Leamington Spa in 2008.
His career path has seen him teach and manage in a selective school, an inner-city comprehensive and two suburban comprehensive schools in addition to two years as a teaching and learning consultant.
In January 2012, Mark oversaw Campion’s transition to Academy status after its latest full Ofsted inspection when it was judged to be ’Good with Outstanding features’. Campion has performed very well in recent years; there have been substantial improvements in the students’ academic achievement and the school is rightly proud of its pupils’ impressive standards of behaviour and engagement. The catchment area has a relatively high proportion of disadvantaged students and the school makes it a priority to offer high quality enrichment activities. The Careers Lab pilot is an effective, supportive and welcome initiative for Campion pupils.
National Careers Service
Joe Billington worked in the overseas development sector before moving into community development and learning. He led and managed learning providers and careers services in east London for ten years delivering programmes for Training and Enterprise Councils, Learning and Skills Council, ESF, the Adult Guidance Pilot and many others.
He moved to the Learning and Skills Council in 2007 as Director Communications at first for London and then nationally. He became Director of the National Careers Service in March 2012. The National Careers Service provides independent information, advice and guidance to people across England face to face, on the phone and online to help them realise their goals in learning and work.
Director, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted
Lorna joined Ofsted in April 2007 following the merger with the Adult Learning Inspectorate where she was an Inspection Manager. In the 10 months prior to the formation of new Ofsted, Lorna was the lead officer within the Creating New Ofsted programme.
She joined new Ofsted as an Assistant Divisional Manager. Appointed as Divisional Manager in February 2010, Lorna was responsible for Ofsted inspection policy development in learning and skills including further education, work based learning and prison education and led on the development of the new Common Inspection Framework launched in September 2012. In January 2013 Lorna took up the role of Regional Director in the South West moving permanently to the West Midlands region in October 2013. She is responsible for Ofsted’s performance in the region including driving improvement in those schools and learning and skills providers which are less than good. From January 2014 this extends to include Social Care, Early Years, Initial Teacher Education and independent schools.
Previously Lorna’s career began in primary education and subsequently the delivery, management and quality assurance of vocational, employment skills training and education in the post-16 sector specialising in the early years field. She has held senior management positions within primary and post-16 education including a large FE college. Lorna is a qualified primary school teacher, has a degree in post compulsory education and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Education Director, Business in the Community
Faye Ramsson is the Education Director at Business in the Community, a business-led charity and has overall responsibility for Business Class, a programme which supports 55,000 young people in 375 secondary schools across the UK. Faye has been with Business in the Community for 7 years, previously as Head of Membership for Diversity. Her early career included corporate account management in the FMCG sector and Faye also spent a year with an NGO providing enterprise advice to young people in Sri Lanka.
Jim Carrick-Birtwell co-founded Changeboard (www.changeboard.com) in October 2004 and has been the CEO since its inception. He was also appointed as the CEO of plotr Community Interest Company (www.plotr.co.uk) in April 2013, a careers inspiration platform for 11-24 year olds. The latter is currently in beta, and the launch version goes live in August 2014.
He was previously a Partner for six of his 10 years at the SR Group, a specialist global recruitment company. He joined directly from the accountancy firm Arthur Andersen.
Jim read English Literature at Oxford University, and maintains a strong interest in the theatre and performing arts from his student days. He lives in London with his wife, Rachel, and their two young children.