NAMSS Annual Conference 2021 » Key Note Speakers

Key Note Speakers

Spread over the day 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.

Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce, HMI

Deputy Director for Further Education & Skills


Paul Joyce is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and is the Deputy Director for Further Education & Skills. Paul joined Ofsted in 2005 as HMI having previously worked within the Further Education and Skills sector in both general and specialist further education colleges. Immediately prior to working for Ofsted, Paul was a consultant for the former Department for Education and Skills and worked on national initiatives supporting improvements to teaching and learning and in leadership and management.

Paul has significant inspection experience in both the schools and further education & skills remits and prior to being appointed Deputy Director was a Senior HMI with responsibility for the college inspection programme nationally.

Olly Newton

Olly Newton

Creative Director, The Edge Foundation


Olly Newton spent 12 years in the Department for Education working on policies including 14-19 diplomas, raising the participation age and finally as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is now Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, where he oversees a programme of primary research, is lead author on all of the charity’s policy reports and runs the Edge Future Learning delivery programme for schools and colleges. In his spare time, Olly volunteers with the Scout Association, is Enterprise Adviser for Firth Park Academy and supports community theatre in Sheffield.

Mark Donkersley

Mark Donkersley

Managing Director at eSafe


The digital habits of young people have changed – and so have the predominant safeguarding risks. In this keynote, Mark Donkersley, CEO of eSafe Global, will share unique insight into the digital behaviour of young people since the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic began, how this is shaping the ongoing risks to safety, welfare and wellbeing – and what this means for those responsible for safeguarding young people in the short and longer term.