Speakers

David Laws

David Laws

Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and former Schools Minister

Sir Kevan Collins

Sir Kevan Collins

Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Kevan took up post as the first Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The EEF is a grant-making education charity dedicated to challenging educational disadvantage, sharing evidence and finding out what works in education.
Kevan has gained international experience working in Mozambique, supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA and advising Goodstart, Australia’s largest early learning provider. Kevan is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education University of London; he was knighted for services to education in 2015.

Cathryn Kirby

Cathryn Kirby

Ofsted Regional Director, North East, Yorkshire and Humber

Cathy was appointed Regional Director, North East Yorkshire and Humber in November 2016. Her previous roles in Ofsted include Senior Operational lead for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, and Principal Officer, Schools Causing Concern.
Prior to joining Ofsted in 2004, Cathy held leadership roles in general further education and sixth form colleges. She is a qualified teacher and holds graduate and post-graduate university degrees.
Ofsted’s Regional Directors are responsible for Ofsted’s performance in a particular region. Each Regional Director leads a team of highly skilled inspectors to support improvement through inspection.

Dr Rebecca Allen

Dr Rebecca Allen

Director of Education Datalab

Rebecca Allen is Director of Education Datalab and an expert in the analysis of large scale administrative and survey datasets, including the National Pupil Database and School Workforce Census. Her research explores the impact of government reforms on school behaviour, with a particular focus on accountability and teacher labour markets.