National #TrustLeaders CEO Conference 2022

 Hopeful leadership; generating connection and community out of adversity

We are delighted to announce Forum Strategy’s fifth annual national #TrustLeaders CEO conference, taking place on September 22nd 2022 at Nottingham Trent Vineyard Conference Centre. The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Hopeful leadership; generating connection and community out of adversity’

At this year’s event, we will explore the principles for how we, as CEOs, rebuild and generate hope out of the most challenging circumstances – drawing on the work of executives and humanitarians across the world, as they share reflections and lessons on thriving as leaders of purpose-driven organisations. We know that this is a key time for many of you as CEOs who are leading organisations that have been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic – while also continuing to address challenges of poverty, equality and the need to achieve social mobility. We will come together as a national network to hear from some truly inspiring speakers who have faced their own challenges and adversity and have significant experience and perspectives to offer. And we will connect with each other, reflecting on how we can continue to have hope, even during the most challenging of times.

This is set to be a day full of connection, hope and inspiration and we are pleased to announce the keynote speakers listed below. You can now book your place and that of your guest, using the form at the foot of this web page. Please note this event is exclusive to members of our national #TrustLeaders CEO network and inclusive in that membership – there is no additional charge to attend to anyone with an active membership as of 22nd September 2022.

National #TrustLeaders CEO Conference 2022

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At this year’s conference

Dr. Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah

CEO of Oxfam Great Britain

Danny joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019, having previously led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, he spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Danny moved to the UK in 1998 and completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Danny has an innate passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and he is committed to Oxfam’s long-standing approach to speaking out and taking action against injustice.

Prior to joining as CEO, Danny had worked alongside Oxfam colleagues on numerous fronts, from addressing threats to civic space to co-founding the Fight Inequality Alliance.

Kelly Beaver

CEO, Ipsos

Kelly is Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland. She has been with Ipsos for over a decade and was previously Managing Director of Ipsos’s UK Public Affairs division which supports government clients to monitor and understand public opinion, behaviours and societal trends, design public services and policies, and to determine what works in achieving social and economic policy objectives.

Kelly has led a wide range of research programmes including the REACT study tracking COVID-19 prevalence across England, public attitudes work ranging from the use of evidence, Brexit and vaccines, to a key piece of work with the Royal Foundation on the importance of the Early Years. Prior to joining Ipsos, Kelly held roles across various consultancies including PwC and KPMG and specialised in public policy evaluation.

Kelly was awarded an MBE in June 2022 for services to academia, research and the COVID-19 response.

Sir Steve Lancashire

Chair, National #TrustLeaders CEO Network

Steve was the founder and CEO of REAch2, one of the largest primary academy Trusts in England. He has been involved in primary education for over thirty years and as a Headteacher for the past twenty years, most recently as Executive Headteacher of Hillyfield Primary Academy. Hillyfield is a double outstanding school and REAch2 was founded on its success. Steve has been a National Leader of Education and a lead adviser for the department for Education, taking the lead in supporting schools to move from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

Steve was Knighted for services to education in 2016 and has been a driving force at the centre of many important groups and discussions around system leadership and improvement.

Jennese Alozie

CEO Designate, University of Chichester Academy Trust

Jennese started her career as a secondary school English teacher in the South West and South East of England. She has also worked within a Local Authority with groups of secondary and primary school Headteachers to improve standards and create opportunities for greater cohesion between both phases through national and local government programmes as well as practitioner led research. Having taken on a range of Senior and Executive leadership roles Jennese embarked on an MA Inclusive Education to further explore how education affects lives and our society. For several years she has been a Lead Ofsted Inspector and sits on the Board of two Multi Academy Trusts (MAT) and a Teaching School Hub

Most recently she has been part of the executive team leading a Trust operating across London and East Sussex. She has had played an active role in the Department for Education Trust and School Improvement Review and support programme and has used her sector knowledge to support Trust growth, including leadership development.

Alice Gregson

Executive Director, Forum Strategy

Alice Gregson started work leading workforce planning projects for Nottinghamshire County Council Adult Social Care. She then joined the National College for School Leadership in 2010, working on the headteacher succession planning programme and then leading equality and diversity work. Since leaving NCSL, she became an ILM qualified coach and mentor, developing over 50 Civil Service leaders in the Fast Stream Programme before moving onto police leadership development, attraction and recruitment at the College of Policing for the last five and a half years. She has continued to have a foot back in education undertaking programme management consultancy for some Trusts alongside her College role. As a certified project and programme manager, Alice has run large scale operations across multiple sectors and delivered multi-million pound programmes of work of varying focus and scope including large technology transformation and culture change initiatives.

Sally Becker

Founder and Chief Executive, Save A Child

Sally is the founder of Road to Peace and Save a Child and has spent most of her life helping sick and injured children in areas of conflict. A truly passionate advocate of those who have been affected by war and conflict.

Sally’s work as a humanitarian has been well-documented, especially during the Bosnian conflict, where she crossed front lines to rescue injured children from besieged areas. Amidst the carnage and the chaos, she negotiated ceasefires and her evacuation missions helped save hundreds of lives.

In 2008 Sally became a Goodwill Ambassador for Children of Peace, a British based charity dedicated to building friendship trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian Children. 

Sally has spent the past four years helping to facilitate medical treatment for sick and injured children in Syria and Iraq. In 2019 she founded Save a Child and is building a digital platform connecting field clinicians in areas of conflict with Paediatric Specialists globally a

Maggie Farrar

Event Chair and Forum Strategy Associate

Maggie has worked as a teacher and in senior leadership roles in education for over 40 years. She was latterly Director for Leadership Development and Research at the National College for School Leadership and Interim Chief Executive. She is currently working with schools, partnerships and education systems on collaborative school improvement. She is a coach to a number of school leaders and Chief Executives of MATs. 

Maggie trained as a mindfulness teacher at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre in 2018 and has integrated this into her current work, supporting leaders to thrive and flourish in the complex and demanding role of school leadership. 

At this year’s conference

Dr. Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah

CEO of Oxfam Great Britain

Danny joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019, having previously led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, he spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Danny moved to the UK in 1998 and completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Danny has an innate passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and he is committed to Oxfam’s long-standing approach to speaking out and taking action against injustice.

Prior to joining as CEO, Danny had worked alongside Oxfam colleagues on numerous fronts, from addressing threats to civic space to co-founding the Fight Inequality Alliance.

Kelly Beaver

CEO, Ipsos

Kelly is Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland. She has been with Ipsos for over a decade and was previously Managing Director of Ipsos’s UK Public Affairs division which supports government clients to monitor and understand public opinion, behaviours and societal trends, design public services and policies, and to determine what works in achieving social and economic policy objectives.

Kelly has led a wide range of research programmes including the REACT study tracking COVID-19 prevalence across England, public attitudes work ranging from the use of evidence, Brexit and vaccines, to a key piece of work with the Royal Foundation on the importance of the Early Years. Prior to joining Ipsos, Kelly held roles across various consultancies including PwC and KPMG and specialised in public policy evaluation.

Kelly was awarded an MBE in June 2022 for services to academia, research and the COVID-19 response.

Sir Steve Lancashire

Chair, National #TrustLeaders CEO Network

Steve was the founder and CEO of REAch2, one of the largest primary academy Trusts in England. He has been involved in primary education for over thirty years and as a Headteacher for the past twenty years, most recently as Executive Headteacher of Hillyfield Primary Academy. Hillyfield is a double outstanding school and REAch2 was founded on its success. Steve has been a National Leader of Education and a lead adviser for the department for Education, taking the lead in supporting schools to move from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

Steve was Knighted for services to education in 2016 and has been a driving force at the centre of many important groups and discussions around system leadership and improvement.

Jennese Alozie

CEO Designate, University of Chichester Academy Trust

Jennese started her career as a secondary school English teacher in the South West and South East of England. She has also worked within a Local Authority with groups of secondary and primary school Headteachers to improve standards and create opportunities for greater cohesion between both phases through national and local government programmes as well as practitioner led research. Having taken on a range of Senior and Executive leadership roles Jennese embarked on an MA Inclusive Education to further explore how education affects lives and our society. For several years she has been a Lead Ofsted Inspector and sits on the Board of two Multi Academy Trusts (MAT) and a Teaching School Hub

Most recently she has been part of the executive team leading a Trust operating across London and East Sussex. She has had played an active role in the Department for Education Trust and School Improvement Review and support programme and has used her sector knowledge to support Trust growth, including leadership development.

Alice Gregson

Executive Director, Forum Strategy

Alice Gregson started work leading workforce planning projects for Nottinghamshire County Council Adult Social Care. She then joined the National College for School Leadership in 2010, working on the headteacher succession planning programme and then leading equality and diversity work. Since leaving NCSL, she became an ILM qualified coach and mentor, developing over 50 Civil Service leaders in the Fast Stream Programme before moving onto police leadership development, attraction and recruitment at the College of Policing for the last five and a half years. She has continued to have a foot back in education undertaking programme management consultancy for some Trusts alongside her College role. As a certified project and programme manager, Alice has run large scale operations across multiple sectors and delivered multi-million pound programmes of work of varying focus and scope including large technology transformation and culture change initiatives.

Sally Becker

Founder and Chief Executive, Save A Child

Sally is the founder of Road to Peace and Save a Child and has spent most of her life helping sick and injured children in areas of conflict. A truly passionate advocate of those who have been affected by war and conflict.

Sally’s work as a humanitarian has been well-documented, especially during the Bosnian conflict, where she crossed front lines to rescue injured children from besieged areas. Amidst the carnage and the chaos, she negotiated ceasefires and her evacuation missions helped save hundreds of lives.

In 2008 Sally became a Goodwill Ambassador for Children of Peace, a British based charity dedicated to building friendship trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian Children.

Sally has spent the past four years helping to facilitate medical treatment for sick and injured children in Syria and Iraq. In 2019 she founded Save a Child and is building a digital platform connecting field clinicians in areas of conflict with Paediatric Specialists globally a

Maggie Farrar

Event Chair and Forum Strategy Associate

Maggie has worked as a teacher and in senior leadership roles in education for over 40 years. She was latterly Director for Leadership Development and Research at the National College for School Leadership and Interim Chief Executive. She is currently working with schools, partnerships and education systems on collaborative school improvement. She is a coach to a number of school leaders and Chief Executives of MATs. 

Maggie trained as a mindfulness teacher at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre in 2018 and has integrated this into her current work, supporting leaders to thrive and flourish in the complex and demanding role of school leadership. 

Book your place now!

Please use the form below to register your place at the national #TrustLeaders CEO conference 2022. To book, you must have an active #TrustLeaders CEO Network membership on 22nd September 2022. You are also able to bring one guest. To register their place, just select two tickets below.

National #TrustLeaders CEO Conference 2021

Last year’s National CEO Conference focused on ‘Redefining leadership: Being the CEO in the post-pandemic era’ and featured speakers including Saeed Atcha MBE, Charity CEO – Youth Leads; Liz Williams MBE, Social Mobility Commissioner & CEO of FutureDotNow; Mark Russell, CEO of The Children’s Society, as well as Forum Strategy’s Michael Pain and Alice Gregson.

You can watch some of the contributions from last year by clicking the button below.