NAMSS Annual Conference 2018 » Speakers

Conference Speakers

Spread over the two day conference our guest speakers will give informative seminars that prove really useful. Speaker presentations will be available following the event for members to access.

NAMSS members can also access our archive of Speaker Presentations from past NAMSS Conferences.

Nick Linford

Nick Linford

MD of Lsect Ltd


Nick Linford is the well-known and highly respected Managing Director of Lsect Ltd., Managing Editor of FE Week and author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships. He is also a very popular and engaging speaker at NAMSS events and we are delighted to invite him back to deliver a key note presentation at our 2017 annual conference. Nick will be sharing his insights with members about the ‘state’ of FE currently in the light of the past 12 months, including the impact of funding cuts, growth in apprentices, area reviews and much more.

Andy Cope

Andy Cope

Art of Brilliance


Andy Cope is a qualified teacher, author and learning junkie. He is UK’s first ‘Doctor of Happiness’ (yes, really!) having completed a PhD in Positive Psychology at Loughborough University. Andy is also a best-selling author; he writes the ‘Brilliant’ range of self-help books for adults and teenagers, and also pens the successful children’s ‘Spy Dog’ series for Puffin.

Andy’s done numerous TV and radio appearances. He has also set up the hugely successful 2%ers club, the UK’s first, foremost and... err... only society for happy people.

Dr Dickon Bevington

Dr Dickon Bevington

Medical Director, Anna Freud Centre
Consultant CA Psychiatrist, CPFT


Dr Dickon Bevington, MBBS, MRCPsych, is Medical Director at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, where he develops and leads training in AMBIT and other MBT approaches and is a member of the Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) team. Dr Bevington is also a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS FT where he leads CASUS, an outreach service for complex substance-using youth, and he is also a Fellow of the Cambridge and Peterborough CLARHC, a collaboration based in Cambridge University dedicated to developing leadership and research in health and social care.

After studying Anthropology and Comparative Religion/Philosophy at Cambridge, Dickon qualified as a doctor in London, completing higher specialist training at Great Ormond Street/The Royal London Hospital. His consultant career started in adolescent in-patient psychiatry, but he now concentrates on developing and delivering innovative home-based or street-level outreach interventions for complex, co-morbidly burdened young people who are socially excluded, using mentalization to underpin both the therapeutic and the organisational approach to this work. In this respect, together with Dr Peter Fuggle, he is the co-lead for the AMBIT project (Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment.)

Claire Birkenshaw

Claire Birkenshaw

Equality and Diversity Advocate
Former headteacher of an alternative provision academy


Claire began teaching in secondary schools in 1991 after graduating from Hull University with a degree in geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Claire has taught in a number of secondary schools across the city of Hull during her 26-year teaching career culminating in the role of principal at an Alternative Provision Academy. Since 2005, Claire’s main focus has been on the pastoral strand that threads through school life and as such has led on behaviour, safeguarding and inclusion strategies in some pretty challenging circumstances!

In September 2015, Claire began her transition and is recognised by the Times Education Supplement (18th November, 2016) as the first known head teacher (principal) in the UK to transition in post. Claire is currently on a sabbatical to pursue other projects namely that of improving the school experience of young trans and non-binary people across the UK. Claire recognises that she holds a relatively unique position within society, as there are visibly very few trans teachers and even fewer trans school leaders. Claire hopes that through her visibility and experience of transition coupled with her knowledge and links across the education community that she will be able to help make that difference for our young trans and non-binary people.

Claire is also a member of an Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador for the National Crime Agency and part of an education network LGBTEd.

Charlie-Finn Glover

Charlie Finn-Glover

Transgender advocate and student at Chichester College


Charlie Finn-Glover is a 20 year old transman. Charlie came out in his first year at college, when he was studying Level 3 Childcare at Chichester College. Since then, he has developed the LGBT+ group for students and delivered training to his classmates, other students in the college and Senior Managers and staff on Transawareness. Charlie says “I’m a relatively normal 20 year old, I have a job in a village shop, I’m a gamer, and I’m just trying to be myself.” Charlie has become an advocate for the transgender community and will talk about his experiences.