Speaker profile

Ben Slade

CEO
SkillForce

SkillForce CEO Ben Slade joined the charity in 2015 following a successful career in education.

Ben is an experienced school leader with an impressive track record of school improvement in some of the UK’s most demanding secondary schools.  He held the posts of Education Executive and Headteacher with Cognita, the UK’s largest independent school provider where he worked across a wide range of senior and ‘all-through’ schools in the group.

Prior to this he was the youngest secondary school Headteacher in the UK when Principal of a challenging former special measures school in Cambridgeshire. During his tenure, headline GCSE attainment more than doubled and the student roll increased by over a third. Ofsted described the school’s turnaround as “remarkable” and “exceptional” and capacity for improvement under his leadership as “outstanding.”

Since his appointment at SkillForce he has devised and launched the Prince William Award, a pioneering character education programme for 6 to 14-year-olds which “dares them to be their best self” by helping them develop confidence, resilience and self-belief. Ben leads the 110 strong SkillForce team across the UK and has helped turn the charity around from a financial, educational, cultural and strategic point of view.

Agenda sessions

DAY 1 -

  • LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE

    • 10:20 am
      SkillForce, Character Education and the Prince William Award