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31st Annual Conference - thanks to all our speakers, exhibitors and delegates for making it such an enjoyable day!

Our 2018 conference took take place on Monday 26th November at the Hilton Hotel Warwick/Stratford upon Avon, with the FE First Awards for marketing excellence held in the evening at our Gala Dinner & Awards event.

Our speakers included:


  • Rob Masson, CEO of The DPO Centre - GDPR in FE: It’s all about consent, but you don’t need consent?! Confused?
  • Dr Julie Mills, Principal & CEO, Milton Keynes College – marketing as a force for good in our community
  • Tracy Playle, CEO, Pickle Jar Communications – developing an empathy-led approach to your digital engagement strategy
  • Emma Leech, Director of Marketing, University of Loughborough – content clout, the power of PR and how to do more with less


  • Stephen Lockhart & Tim Ketterer, Pathways by Float New Media Design – Using LMI to engage prospective students
  • Samantha MacKay, Marketing Manager, Guildford College & Alex Vinall, Founder & MD, Air Social – Facebook advertising for open day promotion
  • Darren Gallagher, Deputy Head of Marketing & Communications, Exeter College – Creating an engaging content plan and turning the story into content in the digital age
  • Lee Parker, Head of Marketing, Milton Keynes College – Moving from an advertising to a content strategy
  • Rachel Till, Owner, Extend PR & Marketing – 5 quick wins for digital PR in colleges
  • Ben Duhig, Managing Director, Blue Soup Ltd – Improving web user experience and digital optimisation
  • Jane Williams, Group Head of Marketing, Chichester College Group – A practical guide to the marketing aspect of merger
  • Chris Barcroft, Head of Digital, Lesniak Swann - How to set up successful PPC campaigns

Conference and FE First Awards supporters included: