Speaker
Ben Slade (cropped)
Ben Slade

Ben Slade is the newly appointed CEO of SkillForce, a charity that transforms young people’s lives in schools by drawing on the skills and values of ex-Forces personnel.


Ben is a highly experienced school leader with a strong track record of school improvement in some of the UK’s most demanding secondary schools. He has been a middle and senior leader for 16 out of his 17-year career to date, including eight years as a headteacher in both the state and independent sectors.

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