Patrick Craven | Director of Policy, Research and Stakeholder Engagement at City & Guilds UK
Patrick has over 25 years experience in the field of accreditation, assessment design and educational technology. From the design of educational resources with MESU/NCET and BECTa to running of post-sales technology support departments with an Apple Computer reseller, his career has always addressed the fusion of education, skills development and assessment technologies.
For the last 15 years this work has focussed on the specific field of learning and assessment research and development linked to Government Policy and national accreditation programmes. This spanned work with the RSA Examinations Board, OCR Examinations, Cambridge Assessment Group and now he leads on Policy, Quality and Stakeholder Engagement for City & Guilds. This role considers the growing impact of Policy and new technologies on the learning and assessment industry. It also identifies initiatives to enable City & Guilds to develop and extend the range and quality of learning and assessment products and services they offer.
Throughout this period he has remained committed to the notion of ‘fit for purpose’ assessment based on evidence-based research. Patrick currently sits on the Board of the e-Assessment Association, UK eAssessment Advisory Group, Joint Council for Qualifications and is an advisory member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies Board. He sits on the planning committee for the European Association of Test Publishers Conference and is a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows.
Katy Langham is the Director of Education and Employers a charity that has pioneered research into Employer Engagement in Education including the variety of pathways into careers including apprenticeships. The charity also runs the highly successful Inspiring the Future platform enabling schools across the UK to connect with volunteers from the world of work from all levels - apprentices to CEOs, all sectors – archaeology to zoology in all parts of the country. For the past few years the charity has been engaged by the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service to deliver high quality advice and guidance to schools on apprenticeships including CPD sessions for teachers and organising high profile events with employers to support students in learning more about apprenticeships in their sector.
Katy is a chartered accountant having qualified with EY LLP and prior to this role was Head of Programme Delivery at VSO for the International Citizen Service supporting 18-25 year olds develop a range of skills whilst volunteering in communities overseas.
Alan Jones | Professional Development Officer at UCAS
Alan Jones joined the UCAS Professional Development Team in November 2006 having previously spent 6 years working as an adviser, Coordinator and Quality Coordinator in the UCAS Customer contact centre (now Customer Experience Centre). In these roles Alan had direct contact with, guided and assisted a wide range of UCAS customers and stakeholders from all over the world. This firsthand experience continues to underpin his understanding of customer concerns and needs, and his ongoing contact with a wide range of customers from both the pre-HE and HE sectors in his current role as a UCAS Professional Development Executive, ensures that his finger remains on the customer pulse.
Alan has a first-class honours degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, holds a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) certificate in Training Practice and is a published author and poet. Alan has delivered keynote presentations, created and delivered training events and workshops and storyboarded online learning modules. He has represented UCAS at regional, national and international events and has provided information and advice in press, television and radio interviews related to progression to UK Higher Education.
David works as an independent education consultant, trainer, researcher and writer specialising in career education and guidance. He leads courses for careers leaders and careers advisers, provides consultancy to local authorities, schools and careers companies and has spoken at numerous conferences. David is a Fellow of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC) and a Visiting Fellow in Career Education and Guidance at the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. Most of his work is in the UK but he has worked on projects in East Africa, Kosovo, Pakistan and the Gulf states.
David is an honorary life member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and works as a policy adviser to the Institute. In 2011 he authored Careers Education in Schools,
a book on the history of the development of careers education in schools and which goes on to critically examine current policy, practice and possibilities for the future. Before moving into freelance work in 1998, he taught in secondary schools and then worked as an advisory teacher in a careers service and an LEA adviser. David has worked as an adviser to the DfEE, the DfES and the DCSF, but not yet to the DfE.