Speakers – Morning Agenda

Dr Darryll Bravenboer

Director of Apprenticeships and Skills
Middlesex University

Dr Darryll Bravenboer is Director of Apprenticeships and Skills at Middlesex University. His current responsibilities include developing and delivering the University’s strategy as a major provider of higher-level skills in the region and nationally. This includes supporting the development and delivery of higher and degree apprenticeships as well as other aspects of academic enterprise. Darryll is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has extensive experience of developing vocational and work-based higher education provision in response to the needs of a wide range of employment sectors in diverse professional contexts. Darryll is a Member of the QAA Advisory Group for the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Characteristics Statement. He is Chair of Middlesex University’s Accreditation Board and a Board Member of the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC).

Peter Millington

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Lead
Department for Education (DfE)

Peter is the policy lead for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in the Apprenticeships Directorate, within the Department for Education (DfE). The Directorate is also responsible for Funding Policy and Routes into Apprenticeships. He works closely with colleagues in Higher and Further Education, Skills Reform and the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). He is currently looking at how degree apprenticeships are embedding and how the future landscape may look.

Peter was previously a Relationship Manager in DfE/IfA, working with employers to develop apprenticeship standards. Peter has worked in a variety of operational and project roles across the Civil Service over the last 14 years.

Antony Jenkins

Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA)

Antony Jenkins is Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships, an independent, employer-led body established to assure the quality of apprenticeship standards and advise government on the funding for each apprenticeship standard.

Antony chairs Business in the Community, the Prince of Wales’ responsible business network, is Founder and Executive Chair of 10x Future Technologies Ltd, Chair of Currencies Direct, and a Director of Blockchain. He sits on the Digital Advisory Council of Fannie Mae and is a member of the Consultative Working Group of ESMA. He was previously the Group CEO of Barclays plc for three years until July 2015. Antony holds an MA for the University of Oxford and an MBA from Cranfield.

Adrian Anderson

Chief Executive
University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Adrian Anderson is Chief Executive of UVAC and has led UVAC’s work on the Government’s flagship Degree Apprenticeship programme.  UVAC has a membership of approximately 60 universities drawn from all mission groups and was established to champion higher level vocational learning. UVAC was commissioned in 2015, early 2016, July 2016 and May 2017 to provide strategic advice to HEFCE on defining and supporting the development of the Higher Education Institution role in Degree Apprenticeship.

Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Simon is currently Chief Policy Officer for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is a national trade association, representing the interest of 800+ organisations delivering vocational learning, sustainable employment and employability support. Having studied Accounting and Finance at Loughborough University, Simon’s first job was in the welfare to work sector working for a small local training provider in Derby. Fifteen years later and Simon has since worked for a number of training providers across a number of business functions, including quality, curriculum development, supply chain management and direct delivery.

Nicola Turner MBE

Head of Skills
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

As national lead for skills strategy and policy in the higher education sector, current priorities include degree apprenticeships and the contribution of higher level skills to UK productivity. Since joining HEFCE she has worked on the independent reviews into STEM employability led by Sir Bill Wakeham and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the Engineering Conversion Course pilot and has launched the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund and Institute of Coding competition.

Previously the Director of Employability Strategy at Aston University, for 12 years she worked as a senior manager in HE across employability, employer engagement, regional growth and social mobility. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education.

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