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Emsi 2017 Conference


How data can connect education, economic development and employment to foster economic growth

Thursday 25th May,

Thistle Hotel Euston, NW1 2LP

With issues such as poor productivity, devolution, industrial strategy, apprenticeships, and of course post-Brexit uncertainty, 2017 is clearly a year of huge economic challenges.

One of the keys to successfully dealing with these issues is better communication, connectivity and collaboration between the three crucial sectors that have a hand in fostering growth: education, economic development and employment. However, examples of really joined up approaches is unfortunately still a rarity. But what happens if organisations in these sectors really do start working more effectively together to tackle these sorts of problems?

This conference will look at how better insight - the "common language" of data - can bring these sectors together, and the effects this closer collaboration can have on regional economies. With thought leaders from each of these sectors set to speak, this conference is a must for anyone looking for ideas on how their organisation can work more effectively with other sectors to build a better economy.

We'll be updating this page to include speakers and themes over the next few weeks. To register for the conference, click fill out the form below.

Speakers and Themes


Policy, Practice and Partnerships: Setting the scene for today's economic challenges


Michael has a wealth of experience, gained through working in a number of varied roles in education. After serving as Deputy President of Northumbria Students Union, he moved on to work for Newcastle Council in a role supporting community adult education. He spent a year working for a university in Sierra Leone, gaining experience of developing policy at a senior level in one of the world’s poorest countries, before returning to the UK to work in Early Years, providing advice and training to providers. As Policy and Research Manager at NCFE, Michael leads a team whose focus is on emerging government policy and the implications of any changes. Michael provides a real understanding of the education sector and is constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of providers and learners.


Inward Investment, Partnerships and Growth: Making things happen with regional insight


As VP of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (Greater MSP), David is responsible for strategic development of industry targets; managing a team of project managers that assist businesses considering expanding or relocating into the Greater MSP region; the creation and development of a regional business retention and expansion program; and developing an International Trade and Investment strategy including the establishment of four foreign offices. In addition to Business Investment activities, he also manages the Research Department which facilitates regional data collection and regional studies for the Greater MSP region.


The role of partnership in delivering higher level skills and supporting economic growth - The University Perspective


Mark’s current role is to support the development of degree apprenticeship provision at Sheffield Hallam University. This includes working with a wide range of partners, such as the local LEP and FE colleges, to help ensure future provision meets projected employer job growth and skills demand within the region, and enabling the development of progression pathways for apprenticeships from levels 2-7 within key sectors. Mark was previously a Senior Manager at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills managing the UK National Occupational Standards programme and a portfolio of Employer Leadership Pilot projects. Prior to that Mark has worked in both public and private training organisations, including the Sector Skills Development Agency, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Community Training Services and Sheffield Training and Enterprise Council.


The role of partnership in delivering higher level skills and supporting economic growth - The LEP Perspective


Lisa works in the Sheffield City Region Executive Team as a Senior Economic Policy Officer, undertaking econometric analysis and research for regional policy. Lisa is an experienced data analyst, having 18 years’ experience within public admin, academic and industrial settings. She originally trained as a theoretical physicist, specialising in cosmology, later becoming an expert in energy systems. Her expertise lies in mathematical and computational analysis of large and complex data sets.


Finding localised solutions in a devolved world


Ayden is leading the growth of Remploy and MAXIMUS in the UK, through developing and securing new business and identifying expansion opportunities in emerging markets. Having worked in the sector for nearly a decade, Ayden has a wealth of experience across operational delivery and in senior management positions. During his time, Ayden has worked with disabled and disadvantaged individuals directly to support their movement into employment, as well as engaging with multi-national corporations, such as Marks & Spencer, the John Lewis Partnership and Ernst & Young, to broker UK wide relationships to secure preferred and exclusive recruitment arrangements. Now the Executive Director of Business Development covering Remploy and MAXIMUS, Ayden leads a national team of Business Development professionals and has executive responsibility for the growth strategies across England, Scotland and Wales linked to Welfare and Disability services.

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2017 Emsi Conference - May 25th, Thistle Hotel Euston: Building Better Economies Through Better Insight