Plenary Speakers

Chair: Tanya Arkle

Head of the School Resource Management (SRM) Division

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Tanya Arkle, Deputy Director, Schools Resource Management and Non-Executive Director at Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

Tanya started her civil service career as a microbiologist before moving to a range of policy roles across government. She has worked in the Education and Skills Funding Agency since 2016. She was responsible for Academy funding in the South West and South East of England, before moving to lead the newly established School Resource Management Division. Tanya is a strong advocate for improving diversity across Whitehall and also a non-executive director for a Multi Academy Trust in the South West.

Baroness Barran MBE

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

(Minister for the School System and Student Finance)

Baroness Barran MBE was re-appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education on 27 October 2022.

Prior to this she was:

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School and College System) at the Department for Education from 21 September 2022 to 26 October 2022

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System) at the Department for Education from 17 September 2021 to 20 September 2022

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Civil Society) at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 26 July 2019 to 17 September 2021

David Withey

Chief Executive

Education and Skills Funding Agency

David Withey joined the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as CEO in August 2022. David has extensive experience in senior public sector roles in Australia and the UK having started his career in the Northern Ireland Office.

Immediately prior to joining the ESFA David was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy ​Secretary at the New South Wales Department of Education. Before that he worked on public spending in Treasury Departments in the UK and Australia and led the New South Wales COVID Economic taskforce.

Work Session Speakers

Andy Ball

Co-founder and Schools Mentor

IAM Compliant

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