Speakers – Afternoon Agenda

Professor Pete Vukusic

Associate Dean (Education), College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
University of Exeter

Professor Pete Vukusic is the Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. In this role, he has senior academic overview of all education programmes in the College, including programme development, student engagement, teaching and assessment and employability. This has also involved leading the College in its development of the University of Exeter’s first degree apprenticeship programmes in IT and Engineering. Pete’s work at the University has benefited from his experiences with outreach programmes, and he is often recognised for his charismatic and energetic approach to teaching.

Professor Jonathan R Green

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
University of Birmingham

Professor Jonathan Green is the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Birmingham  and is a member of the academic staff in the School of Biosciences.  As DPVC  he chairs University Quality Assurance Committee (UQAC) and Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC).  He  oversees the approval of new Programmes across the University and chairs the Education Development Group for the new campus , UoB Dubai. He chairs the University’s Degree Apprenticeships Steering Group, that develops strategy and approves  proposals for DAs, working alongside Prof Jon Binner (Chair of the DA Operations Group) and Marc Bayliss (DA Project Manager).

Angela Joyce

Group Principal
Warwickshire College Group

Angela Joyce joined Warwickshire College Group in April 2015 from her role as Principal and Chief Executive of Peterborough Regional College. As the Principal and Chief Executive at Peterborough Regional College, Angela led the transformation of the Cambridgeshire based College. She was then the youngest further education college Chief Executive & Principal in the country and remains the youngest ever Chief Executive in further education.

Since her appointment at WCG, the Group has grown through merger and has had successful outcomes from both Ofsted inspection and QAA Review. WCG is one of the largest College Groups in the country and now includes seven Colleges based across the West Midlands.

Mike Thompson

Head of Early Careers
Barclays

Mike has been working in Barclays for over 28 years in a variety of leadership roles across the business. His past 8 years have been in HR where he has built up extensive experience of learning and development, employee engagement, resourcing and early careers.

Mike currently manages a number of award winning Early Careers programmes including the Barclays Apprenticeship programme and Barclays Degree Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Through these programmes he has developed access points into Barclays for people of all ages and backgrounds but in particular has worked to support longer term unemployed young people and over 50s into sustainable work and careers. The Barclays Apprenticeship programme is recognised as one of the UKs leading programmes having won numerous awards including most recently the BITC Supporting an Ageing Workforce award 2017. Mike is passionate about tackling diversity and equality issues as well as providing meaningful solutions that tackle the challenge of social mobility.

Ann Potterton

Senior HR Professional - BT Apprenticeships
BT

Ann recently joined BT’s Apprenticeship Team having previously represented training providers as the Executive Director of the Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP).  Prior to that she was CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) – a body which specialised in helping smaller companies access funding to recruit and train their own telecoms apprentices.  Ann is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified Modern Languages teacher and has worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for a range of companies including: Barclays, Microsoft, RBS, Virgin Atlantic and Level 3.

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