The first Emsi UK National Conference — Beyond Area Reviews: New Approaches to Growing Local Economies — is set for this Thursday, beginning at 10am at The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue (NW1 2EZ). Registration and coffees begin at 10, with the first talk scheduled for 10:30 and the conference due to close at 3:30.
Mark Cook, Director of FE Business
Theme — New Strategies: Sharpening Your Business Model
Mark has over 20 years experience in sales, product development and senior management roles. Previously to FE Business, Mark was Vice Principal, Business Development at one of London’s largest FE colleges. There, he established the College’s commercial arm, The Skills People, and under his leadership it grew to be the most successful FE college business in London, growing to over 12,000 learners across 2,500 employers and winning numerous awards, including an AoC Beacon Award for Employer Engagement and a National Training Award in 2010.
Mark Emmerson, Assistant Principal, Stratford-upon-Avon College
Theme — Apprenticeships: A New Approach
Mark has spent many years working at senior or director level in a variety of fields including eighteen years in International money market operations, nine years in property development, and, for the last eight years, at a senior level in the further educational sector as a Vice Principal/Consultant for several colleges in the UK. Since moving to Stratford in November last year, Mark has been working closely with the Principal and the College management team to ensure that the College is responsive, innovative and supporting the local communities, with particular emphasis on employer engagement, work based learning, apprenticeships, marketing and commercial development.
Henry Lawes, Education Partnership Manager, West of England LEP
Theme — LEPs and Colleges Growing Local Economies Together
Henry joined West of England Local Enterprise Partnership in 2013 as their Education Partnership Manager. Working within the Skills Team, his role includes managing partnerships with schools, Further Education colleges, independent training providers and Higher Education institutions. Prior to joining the LEP, Henry worked in Bristol College, firstly as a Bid Writer and then as Bid Team Manager, a role that involved working with faculties and units to identify and develop strategic bidding opportunities, and then managing the bidding process from the development stage through to the tender submission. Henry has also worked as a television researcher, research and communications officer, partnership development officer.
Jane Horridge, Commercial Director, Milton Keynes College
Theme — Looking to The Future: Opening up New Opportunities
Jane has been at Milton Keynes College since April 2013, where she is the strategic lead for all areas of business engagement, client relationship management, marketing and communications. Jane is also responsible for community engagement and employment programmes and the international development strand for the College, plus its apprenticeship provision links to employers. With over 20 years’ experience in industries including transport, retail and logistics, Jane has a breadth of depth of experience across the whole customer journey. An innovative thinker, Jane is an advocate for challenging and testing new processes and ways of working to find the best possible solutions for students and staff.
Andy Durman, Managing Director EMSI UK
Theme — The Big Picture: Area Reviews, Data and the Future of FE
Since 2010, Andy has overseen EMSI’s expansion in the UK, with the organisation now partnering with over 100 colleges, universities, LEPs and Local Authorities throughout the country. He has a wealth of experience as a market intelligence professional with particular expertise in labour market and demographic analysis within the further and higher education sectors. Andy previously worked as the business development manager at ACTIVE Solutions Europe Ltd, and as a research officer at Learning & Skills Council and Gloucestershire County Council. Andy graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in population sciences, demographic research and analysis techniques.
Doug Heckman, Director of Client Services, Emsi
Theme — Thinking Big: Lessons From America
Doug joined Emsi two years ago as Account Manager, before moving up to Senior Account Manager and then Director of Client Services for Higher Education. In his current role, Doug is responsible for ensuring higher education clients are using Emsi solutions to their maximum potential. This has meant developing trusted relationships with decision makers in strategic accounts, in order to get to the bottom of the particular goals and challenges that they and their institutions face, in order to understand the methods by which Emsi can bless them more effectively with labor market data solutions.
Rachel Mather, Research & Bid Development Manager, Leeds City College
1st Panel Session — Growing Local Economies
Rachel has been with Leeds City College since 2009, firstly as Contracts Coordinator, then Research and Bids Assistant Manager, before taking up her current position as Research & Bid Development Manager in 2014. Working closely with the Director of Business Development, she is responsible for researching, identifying and exploring funding, grant and commercial opportunities to generate substantial income for the College.