2013 Conference Speakers

2013 Conference Speakers

Esther McVey MP
Minister for Disabled People

Esther is Conservative MP for Wirral West and is first Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997 and the only current Conservative MP in Merseyside.Esther graduated in Law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991.Esther was the first MP to employ an apprentice and got the House of Commons authorities to introduce the scheme. Esther is passionate about issues such as careers, youth unemployment, apprenticeship, investment and business growth. She has also been nominated for the Merseyside Woman of the Year and Cheshire Woman of the Year. Esther was appointed the Minister for Disabled People in September 2012.

Alasdaire Duerden
Assistant Director of LDD Policy Division, Department for Education

Alasdaire started work in a Jobcentre in Grimsby in 1992 moving to the Head Office of what was then the Employment Service in 1996 to work on the implementation of Jobseekers Allowance. More recently, Alasdaire spent two years working on the Youth Taskforce, working closely with local authorities to develop, support and promote effective measures for reducing anti-social behaviour and youth crime. He joined the SEN Green Paper team in the summer of 2010 to lead on the development of the post-16 proposals and is currently leading on implementing those proposals as Policy Team Leader for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities within the Department for Education.

Roy O'Shaughnessy
Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Trust

joined as Chief Executive in October 2012 following the merger between Shaw Trust and Careers Development Group (CDG).
Prior to his appointment he had been Chief Executive of CDG which he joined in 2008. Before CDG, Roy spent four years at children's charity St Christopher’s Fellowship, and had been chief executive of a number of organisations in the USA.Roy is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He also serves on the boards of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Papworth Trust. In addition he is a member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, for which he chairs a special interest group on welfare to work.

Dan Finn
Professor of Social Inclusion, University of Portsmouth
Dan Finn has written on the design and delivery of labour market programmes and the reform of public employment services and welfare to work strategies. He has been an adviser to parliamentary select committees and other UK bodies and has undertaken research/consultancy for the World Bank, OECD and other international agencies as well as for UK agencies such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Department for Work and Pensions. He is also Associate Research Director at the independent non-profit Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.

Katy Grêlé
Director of Human Resources, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
Katy Grêlé has been HR Director of LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for the past seven years. Prior to that, she worked within the hotel, hospitality and catering industry for 15 years, as HR Manager for the InterContinental London, Training Manager for the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh, and within the HR team for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, central London hotels. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management and a Masters in Human Resources.Currently, she has a team of ten, looking after the 1700 permanent and seasonal employees at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. The LEGOLAND Hotel is open year round, and the park opens from March until the beginning of November.

Caroline Waters OBE
Caroline is Deputy Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder of CW’s Consulting Box. Caroline has held a number of positions for the BT Group, where she was formerly Director, People & Policy. Caroline regularly contributes advice and guidance to Government and industry. She is a Board member or Chair of a variety of employer forums and Governmental working parties and has judged a number of prestigious diversity awards.Caroline also mentors a number of people, from apprentices to senior business leaders. She has now formed her own consultancy, CW Consulting Box.