Tech Consultant | Mentor | STEM Ambassador
Michelle currently works as a Consultant and for the 6th largest publisher in the UK. She started her career with a degree in IT & Electronics, and a PGCE , but has developed her skills and knowledge over 30 years of experience in software development, product strategy and management, business transformation, infrastructure and architecture, marketing strategy, and data analytics. As a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies she helps businesses achieve equitable digital experiences. She has a true passion for Education in all forms as a mentor, STEM Ambassador and Chair of Governors for The Bishop Of Winchester Academy.
Economics Editor, Author, Professor
David Smith has been economics editor of The Sunday Times since 1989. He is also chief leader-writer, assistant editor and policy adviser. David is the author of several books, including Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics; and Something Will Turn Up: Britain’s Economy Past, Present and Future. He is a visiting professor at Cardiff and Nottingham Universities and has won a number of awards.
Principal & CEO
Phil has been Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College since January 2022, building on a 20-year career in education and skills, which has featured extensive and strategic working with major employers to support their people and training needs. The college delivers technical education to school leavers and adults and is one the biggest and best apprenticeship deliverers in the UK. Its courses cover virtually every sector of the economy. It is currently developing new ‘T-Level’ delivery, a Degree Centre on its Poole Campus focusing on its higher education delivery, and recently secured planning permission for a new £30m+ building at its Bournemouth Campus.
MBA Director & Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme Leader
Dr Deborah Taylor is the Programme leader of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, the outgoing Director of the MBA programme and a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University. Deborah joined Bournemouth University in 2010 having worked within the Investment banking and the recruitment industries. Her teaching centres on areas related to Organisational Behaviour, the Future of Work and Leadership. She is passionate about education and was the 2020 winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Inspiring Learning. Her research interests include Psychological Ownership, the Future of Work, Leadership, Career and Talent Management. She loves sport – in particular football, cricket and rugby.
Nicola Newman is a Dorset LEP Board Member and a Governor of Kingston Maurward College. She is currently leading the Dorset Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) on behalf of the Dorset Chamber for the Department for Education. The plan is pan-Dorset, collaboratve strategy which intends to support Dorset businesses to have the right people doing the right jobs with the right skills.
Nicola has worked Non-Executive Director, CEO and Executive Director roles for charities, multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises, national governing bodies of sport, and government. Previously she was CEO of Ansbury Guidance, a Dorset based organisation providing careers, employability and mentoring services across the whole of Dorset to young people, families and adults working in schools and the community.