Developing the Skills base for the Industrial Strategy

Join a discussion on the long-term actions needed to develop skills for a sustainable Industrial Strategy.

Hear from:

  • Philippa Lloyd, Director General, Higher and Further Education, Department for Education
  • Professor David Gann, Vice-President (Innovation), Imperial College London


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  • About Philippa Lloyd

    Philippa Lloyd has been Director General of Higher and Further Education (HE/FE) at the Department for Education (DfE) since July 2016.

    Before joining DfE, she held the post of Director General for People, Strategy & Higher Education in what was the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    Philippa has been a civil servant since 1995. She first joined the government in the former Office of Science and Technology to work on science policy, and has undertaken a number of policy and corporate roles, including a 2-year stint as Principal Private Secretary to three different Secretaries of State.

    Director General, Higher and Further Education:

    The Director General is a member of the Department for Education Board and attends both the performance and management committees.

    The role is responsible for Higher and Further Education strategy and policy, ensuring that every young person is able to access the opportunities they need in order to achieve their full potential. This will mean working with 16-19 colleagues to implement the Skills Plan, helping to support the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act, reforming the higher education landscape regulatory landscape, as well as delivering other manifesto commitments including the introduction of postgraduate loans and the Teaching Excellence Framework in higher education.

    Other specific areas of work include:

    • The Adult Education Budget including funding for basic skills and statutory entitlements
    • FE Quality, Restructuring & Intervention
    • Workforce development, upskilling and lifetime learning
    • Analysis and data including the exploitation of Big Data across FE and HE
    • Sponsorship of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Student Loans Company,
    • Sponsorship of the Skills Funding Agency and  FE College sector
  • About Professor David Gann

    David Gann is a university and business leader, strategist and advocate with extensive international experience in innovation and technology management. He is Imperial College London’s Vice-President (Innovation) and member of the College’s Executive Board.

    David is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.

    His distinctive strengths include proactively building relationships and influencing decision-makers to connect ideas, research and solutions, between business, universities and government. His research spans strategy, management science and systems engineering, particularly on innovation and infrastructure in the digital economy.

    David has deep experience in mentoring start-ups, supporting fast growth technology businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations.

    He is Chairman of the Smart London Board, reporting to the Mayor of London – he was previously a member of the London Enterprise Panel (LEP).

    David is Non-Executive Director at Directa Plus plc, the world’s largest producer of pristine graphene. His industrial experience includes serving as Laing O’Rourke plc’s Group Executive for research and innovation. He developed Crossrail’s Innovation Strategy with Crossrail’s CEO and guided its implementation.  He advises executives and boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, IBM, Huawei, McLaren and Tata Group.

    David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences.

    David is author of many academic papers and co-author of seven books including:

    • Think Play Do – technology, innovation and organization Oxford University Press, 2005
    • The Management of Technological Innovation: Strategy and Practice Oxford University Press, 2008
    • Innovation: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2010 – also in Chinese, Arabic, Malay, Portuguese and Italian.
    • The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management Oxford University Press, 2014