Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of Education Select Committee, confirmed as keynote speaker for IHE Annual Conference – 29 November

We are delighted to announce Neil Carmichael MP, the influential Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee as the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Neil will be speaking on ‘The Conservative Vision for Higher Education and Skills’ at the Independent Higher Education Annual Conference on 29 November 2016.


Neil will share his unique perspective on the Government’s reforms to the higher education sector and post-16 vocational training, and explore how new approaches can transform the prospects of young and adult learners while also addressing the much discussed economic productivity gap between the UK and its competitors.

Neil was first elected to Parliament in 2010 and serves as MP for Stroud. He holds a firm interest in education and has served as a member of the Education Select Committee since 2010 before being elected as Chair in 2015.

He was formerly a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and established two All Party Parliamentary Groups: Governance and Leadership in Education, Meningitis and Vascular Diseases.  Neil is also Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe and Co-Chair of the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee.

During the last 10 years, Neil has focused much of his energy on investment in Eastern Europe and public services, providing public relations advice for a number of large businesses as well as being chairman of a charity that provided care for adults with learning difficulties.

Since the referendum in June 2016, Neil has hit headlines as one of the most outspoken proponents of a greater parliamentary role in the process of exiting the EU and has consistently articulated the importance of continuing close economic ties between the UK and remaining 27 countries in the union. More recently, Neil has appeared in the news for opposing the move for new grammar schools in England.

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  • On 14th November 2016