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Keynote speakers - Annual conference 2019

Please note new biographies of speakers attending this year's conference will be added as soon as possible.

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Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen

Tracy Brabin is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament Shadow Minister for Early Years. Tracy grew up in a two-bed council flat on the Howden Clough Estate in Birstall. She was educated at Heckmondwike Grammar school, going on to study drama at Loughborough University.

Tracy was an actor and writer for over thirty years, in addition to being a Labour party and Trade Union activist. Elected to Parliament in October 2016, the Batley and Spen by-election was called in tragic circumstances, following the murder of sitting MP, Jo Cox. She was re-elected in June 2017 with a majority of almost 9,000 votes.

During the 2016/17 Parliament, Tracy served on the Women and Equalities Select Committee, and has been serving as Shadow Early Years Minister since July 2017.

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Damian Hinds MP for East Hampshire

Damian Hinds MP was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 8 January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for East Hampshire in May 2010.

Damian attended St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Shortly after entering Parliament, Damian was elected to the Education Select Committee and served until October 2012. Previously he chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He previously served as Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until March 2015, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until July 2016 and as Minister for State for the Department of Work and Pensions from July 2016 to January 2018.

Damian spent 18 years working in pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

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Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon

Layla Moran is a Physics teacher by profession, formerly working in a state secondary school, as a Head of Year in an international school and latterly with an Oxford-based Education organisation. She read Physics at Imperial College and holds an MA in Comparative Education.

She is a school governor at a primary school in her constituency. Layla was inspired to go into politics by her passion to see that every child, no matter their background, should have a fair chance of making the best of this world. She overturned a 9,500 vote Conservative majority to win Oxford West & Abingdon in June 2017.

She is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Education and sits also on the Public Accounts Select Committee.

Layla has an international background; she has lived in many countries including Belgium, Greece, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Jordan and speaks French fluently along with some Spanish, Arabic and Greek.

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Amanda Spielman HMCI

Amanda Spielman has been Ofsted Chief Inspector since January 2017.

Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.

She is a council member at Brunel University London and has previously served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Institute of Education, STEMNET and Wales Millennium Centre, and has been a governor of two schools.