Business & Education Summit


The event is designed to inform, challenge and entertain through plenary addresses, panel debates and break out sessions.

09:00 – 10:00


Networking & Refreshments

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and Introduction

Dr Adam Marshall (Director General, British Chambers of Commerce)

10:05 – 10:25

Keynote Speech

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP (Leader of the Labour Party)

10:25 - 10:40

Keynote Speech

Ben Towers (Director, Zest the Agency)

10:40 – 11:10

Panel Debate

Enterprise and education: how can schools create the business leaders of tomorrow?

Rt Hon David Laws (Executive Chair, Education Policy Institute)

Todd Mansill (Chief Technical Officer, Yourfeed)

Pat Symonds (Ambassador, F1 in Schools)

Julie Honour-Jones (Sixth-Form Manager, Sir John Lawes School)


11:10 - 11.40

Networking break and refreshments 

11:40 - 12:10

Panel debate

Solving the puzzle: maximising productivity through skills

Julie White (Managing Director, D-Drill)

Kathryn Parsons (Founder and Co-CEO, Decoded)

Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP (Fomer Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Judith Doyle (Principle/CEO, Gateshead College)

Robyn Clarke (WorldSkills UK Champion)

12:10 – 12:40

Panel debate

How can universities and business work together to drive economic growth?

Neil Carmichael (Former chair, Education Select Committee)

Anna Kyprianou (Executive Dean, Middlesex University)

Cassie Holland (Founder, Hades)

Les Ratcliffe MBE TD DL (Head of Community Relations, recently retired, Jaguar Land Rover)

12:40 - 13:00

Keynote Speaker

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking

14:05 - 14:50

Interactive sessions 

Stream 1: Inspiring self-motivators through F1 in schools

Delivered by: F1 in Schools


Stream 2: Building stronger business engagement with schools

Delivered by: KMF

15:00 - 15:45

Speed Networking

Join us for the final part of the event to meet your fellow delegates and make connections. Speed Networking will be followed by refreshments.

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