Virtual: AGM and Annual Conference

11 - 12 November 2020

BESA is delighted to announce it's AGM and Annual Conference 2020, which will be hosted online.


1:30pm - 4:30pm


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£80 (not inc. fees)

BESA is delighted to announce it's AGM and Annual Conference 2020, which will be hosted online.


The BESA AGM and House of Lords Reception has long been a highlight of the membership calendar. It goes without saying that this year we have to do things a bit differently. We've worked hard to put together a stella agenda of speakers with sessions spread across two days, so they slot easily into your working day.

Each session is designed to be entertaining and informative, giving you tips and advice that you can put to use immediately. And because we think this year's conference is the best line up we've got a special offer to enable more of your team to attend...

Buy one ticket and your whole company can attend the conference - see below for details.

We look forward to reuniting BESA members at this special event.


Wednesday 11 November

Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA
13:35-13:45 AGM
Stuart Abrahams, Treasurer, BESA 
Chris Ratcliffe, Chair, BESA 
Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA 
13:50-14:10 Opening Keynote
Tony Anderson, Director of Marketing and Events, Herts for Learning
Tony shares anecdotes and advice from his time as the first ever Marketing Director of easyJet
14:15-14:50 Pitching the media
Anna Pedroza in conversation with Grainne Hallahan, Recruitment Editor and Senior Content Writer, TES
15:05-15:40 Panel: attracting and retaining great people
Our panel explores the measures, policies and cultural change needed to deliver make your organisation a place people want to work
15:45-16:10 The view from Westminster
Alexander Shea, Senior Policy Analyst, BESA
Including latest insights on Brexit, curriculum fund and updates to the EdTech Strategy
16:15-16:35 Closing keynote & remarks
Tim Unwin, Chair of UNESCO‚Äôs ICT for Development author of ‚ÄėEducation for the Most Marginalised post-COVID-19: Guidance for governments on the use of digital technologies in education‚Äô
Julia Garvey, Operations Director, BESA
16:40-17:00 Networking
Thursday 12 November
13:30-13:35 Welcome 
Julia Garvey, Operations Director, BESA
13:35-13:55 Keynote
14:00-14:20 The view from both sides
Former teachers turned suppliers, Dawn Hallybone (2Simple) and Bruno Reddy (TimesTables Rockstars) share the lessons they have learned from sitting on either side of the school/supplier relationship
14:35-15:10 Behind the research- 5 key trends you can’t ignore this year
Richard Connor delves into the latest BESA research and pulls out the key findings that will help guide your business
15:15-15:50 New global education trade
Join our panel of experts as they explore the current landscape for international trade

  • Professor Sir Steve Smith, UK Government International Education Champion, DfE & DIT
  • John Gwyn Jones, CEO, FOBISIA
  • Ian Gibbons MBE, CEO, UK-ASEAN Business Council and former Her Majesty‚Äôs Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 15:50-16:30 Closing remarks & networking
Caroline Wright, Director General, BESA


One ticket, whole company access
Simply purchase one ticket for everyone in your company to have access to the event. Follow the link below to purchase your company-wide ticket and we will then contact you to tell you how to register your colleagues. 

Tickets cost £80 + vat + fees.