Speakers

Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton

General Secretary, ASCL

Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.

He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.

Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017

Paul Aber

Paul Aber

Head of Training and Development, National Governance Association

Paul is NGA's Head of Training Development. Paul's role includes leading the development of our training offer for governing boards of schools and academies including its face to face, e-learning and blended learning. Alongside NGA's lead consultant Paul oversees NGA's team of trainers and consultants, including recruitment of new members of the team.

Paul has many years governance experience including as chair.

Prior to this, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance. A former solicitor, Paul has also held course director roles at the University of Westminster and City University and course assessor roles for The Law Society.

Iain Veitch

Iain Veitch

Headteacher

Iain Veitch has been headteacher at Park View School in Chester-le-Street since 2007 and is currently Vice Chair of SCHOOLS NorthEast.

Julia Millard

Julia Millard

NLG Advocate

Julia has been a governor for nearly 20 years and is currently Chair of three schools in County Durham. She became a National Leader of Governance in 2011 and has worked with governors in a wide range of schools all over the North East, mentoring new Chairs, facilitating self-reviews and supporting Boards in challenging circumstances. Julia is also the Advocate for NLG's in the North, covering all of the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, promoting NLG support and looking after the team. She also delivers range of training courses, specialising in empowering governors to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Commissioning Editor, The Key

Amy is Head of Proactive Content at The Key and has written for the Guardian and TES on pupil mental health and special educational needs. She is vice-chair of governors and link governor for SEND at Yerbury Primary School in north London. Amy freelances for the BBC, where she works for the editorial team on its annual election programme.

Michelle Ellams

Michelle Ellams

Leadership Specialist, GCSEPod

Michelle has 7 years’ experience working as a Vice Principal in two large Academies in Manchester; one in an extremely deprived context and the other in a selective authority in an affluent area. Michelle has been offering her services as a Leadership Specialist over the last 3 years and is here today representing one of our partners GCSEPod. GCSEPod was a great success in both Academies and Michelle’s passion for the product has led her to this point today.

Phillip Burton

Phillip Burton

Senior Principal Analyst, Nottingham County Council

Phillip is the Senior Principal Analyst for Nottingham City Council’s DAISI Service, which is dedicated to helping you make sense of your school data. Among other things, The DAISI Service has created the ASaP report, which aims to make ASP easier, and question level analysis (QLA), which can analyse the results of your Year 6 mock SATs tests. Phillip has made presentations about ASP and the new Ofsted IDSR to Local Authorities, Learning Alliances and groups up and down the country, and his full presentation is also available online.

Jackie Gray

Jackie Gray

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson