Speakers

Damian Hinds MP

Damian Hinds MP

Secretary of State for Education

Biography: 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.

Education: Damian attended St Ambrose Grammer School, Altringham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career: 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 of State for the Department of Work and Pensions from July 2016 to January 2018.

Career outside politics: Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

Personal Life: Damian and his wife Jacqui have 3 young chilldren.

Secretary of State for Education: The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:
* Early Years
* Children's social care
* Teacher's pay
* The school curriculum
* School improvement
* Academies and free schools
* Further education
* Higher education
* Apprenticeships and Skills

Jules White

Jules White

Head Teacher, Tanbridge House School

Jules has been Head Teacher at Tanbridge House School For 11 years.  They were graded as 'Outstanding' in November 2012.  Jules has led the school based funding campagne, 'Worth Less?' for four years.  It started in West Sussex and now covers 72 Local Authorities, represented by over 7000 schools/heads from Cornwall to Cumbria.

The emphasis has been on seeing all schools and academies funded adequately.  Jules is proud to have brought the twin issues of supply and school funding to more widespread public attention - none more so than when 2000 headteachers made their 'relentlessly reasonable' march to Westminister in September 2018.

In December 2018, jules was proud to recieve the TES person of the year award, ackknowledging the work of the 'Worth Less?' campaign.