Further Education Mergers, Confederations and Shared partnerships
15 Sep 2010
Change is inevitable: efficiency, structure and governance in FE. Held in central London

This one day conference was for Senior Further Education professionals who are looking at ways to secure the future success of their FE colleges.

Programme
10:00
Frank McLoughlin, Chair, 157 Group; Principal, City and Islington College
Opening remarks from the Session Chair

10:10
Glynne Stanfield, Partner, Eversheds; Author, Preparing Colleges for the Future
Drivers for change: why FE cannot ignore the challenges ahead

10:30
John Stone, Chief Executive, LSN
New models: collaborations, mergers and shared service partnerships

10:50
Geoff Russell, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency
Funding, income and setting standards for new ways of working

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:50
Session 1A: Reading College: a case study for new structures in the delivery of Further Education
John Stone, Chief Executive, LSN Sally Dicketts, Principal and Chief Executive, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College

11:50
Session 1B: Funding options in a time of public sector cuts
Glynne Stanfield, Partner, Eversheds; Author Preparing Colleges for the Future

11:50
Session 1C: Case Study: De-merger and shared services
Mervyn Wilson, Chief Executive and Principal, The Co-operative College

11:50
Session 1D: FE in the international Market
Brian Lister, Principal and Chief Executive, Stevenson College Edinburgh (Winner AOC Beacon Award 2009)

12:50
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
13:50
Pat Bacon, Principal, St Helens College
Opening remarks from the session chair

14:00
Bill Fearon, Principal, West Kent College
Blurring the public/private divide

14:15
Panel discussion: Private sector input for public sector assets; The unequal impact of devolution; Learning from other sectors: shared services and partner working
Pat Bacon, Principal, St Helens College Janice Shiner, Director, WCL Geoff Hayward, Associate Director, Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance

14:50
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:20
Session 4A: Reading College: a case study for new structures in the delivery of Further Education
Sally Dicketts, Principal and Chief Executive, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College Stephen Bartle, Director Corporate Services, Reading College