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The IoD Big Debate - Do too many school leavers go to university?

20 Mar 2018
North Hertfordshire College, Hitchin

IoD Hertfordshire, IoD East of England and IoD South are pleased to bring you 'The Big Debate' in conjunction with the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

A panel of speakers will be debating the question - 'Do too many school leavers go to university?' In recent years there has been a record number of school leavers being accepted into university. Is going to university still the best pathway to a good career? Are many schools and parents fixed on the university ideal rather than exploring other routes such as apprenticeships or going straight into the workplace. What do employers prefer - apprentices or graduates and which is better value? Our panel members include representatives from schools, universities and the business community. This is set to be an exciting evening, think IoD meets Question Time! Please come along to listen and share your opinion.

Canapes & a glass of prosecco are included in the ticket price.

Key details

Date & time: 20 Mar 2018 18:00 - 20:00
Location: North Hertfordshire College, Hitchin
CPD Hours:

Prices from

15.00 GBP + VAT - Member
15.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest
20.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

Event manager:
Ms Liz Langmaid
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Richard Potter, CTO, Microsoft Services (Facilitator)
Richard has been Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Services since June 2017, where he advises business leaders in the UK and Europe on a range digital transformation challenges. As well as leading Microsoft Services’ CTO practice, Richard works with customers helping them turn ideas into transformational business results.

Professor Damian Ward, Dean, Hertfordshire Business School
Damian was appointed Dean of Hertfordshire Business School in 2015, before joining Hertfordshire Business School he was Associate Dean at Leeds Beckett University and worked across undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and doctoral provision at the University of Bradford, School of Management.

David Kennedy, Headmaster, The John Warner School
David taught history and politics at grammar schools in Kent, the London Borough of Bexley and Buckinghamshire and was deputy head for 7 years at Goffs School in Hertfordshire before becoming Executive Headteacher at The John Warner School in 1999.

Lindsey Sherring, Director of Apprenticeships, Hart Learning and Development
Lindsey became Director of Apprenticeships in June 2017 and focusses on helping learners to progress in their careers, and helping employers to get the most of their employees. Before joining Hart L&D she was Head of Apprenticeships & Training at North Herts College.

Silvia Vitiello, Partner, Kingston Smith
Silvia has been an Audit and Businesses Advisory Partner at Kingston Smith since 2010. She has been in public practice for over 30 years and her portfolio is divided between SMEs and not-for-profit organisations.

Seamus Nevin, Head of Policy Research, Institute of Directors
Seamus is a member of the government's National Living Wage advisory group, the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework advisory group, the Business Enterprise Reference Group at Ofsted, the Vocational and Technical Qualifications Stakeholder Group at Ofqual, the government's Careers and Enterprise Company Employer Group, and the Stakeholder Reference Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships. To name but a few!



Prices from

15.00 GBP + VAT - Member
15.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest
20.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

  • North Hertfordshire College
  • Hitchin Campus
  • Cambridge Road
  • Hitchin
  • SG4 0JD

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