IPSEF London, UK, 15 November 2018

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IPSEF London 2018

November 15th
1VS The Westminster Conference Centre
London SW1

IPSEF returned to London

IPSEF returned to London for a special one day conference on November 15. Where we used the same venue and we we're delighted to have involved our original supporting partners, The Department of International Trade.

We would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, venue and A/V team for all their support and for making this one of the most interesting and best IPSEF's we have ever had.

At IPSEF London we asked schools, investors, professional advisors, recruiters, law firms and other key stakeholders within the sector to address crucial questions about the market, which included:

  • How has the market landscape changed since IPSEF launched in London in 2009?
  • How has the investor profile altered in that time? From where might new investors emerge?
  • What lessons have the school pioneers learned, and what are their strategies, hopes and expectations for the future?
  • Which markets were perceived as strong, which are now, and where do opportunities lie in the future?
  • What might be the niche markets and school operations of the future?
  • What impact will Brexit have on the market?
  • What do the academics, research and data providers predict for the future?
  • What are the key challenges schools, investors and the commercial sector need to address in the future?
  • How can government support schools and companies wanting to expand overseas?
  • Teacher recruitment, retention and workforce planning
  • How to market your school overseas
  • The challenges of assessment overseas

IPSEF London took place at 1VS Westminster Conference Centre, where we had an intensive, rapid, high level symposium that informed, challenged and stimulated - in our famously friendly, open and informal style.

If you would like to be involved in our next IPSEF, contact Mark Roelofsen for sponsorship and exhibition enquiries on +44 (0)7960 93 43 69 or email mark@ipsef.net

Or if you would like to speak contact Helen Freeman on +44 (0)1342 833687 or email: helen@ipsef.net

Speakers included:

Ashwin Assomull, Partner, L.E.K. Consulting

Colin Bell, CEO, COBIS

Vipul Bhargava, Educational Technology and International Schools Specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade

David Bond, Partner, Brand Development, Fieldfisher

Scott Bryan, International Director, Wellington College

David Cook, Founding Head, Harrow International ILA Chongqing

Nalini Cook, International Schools Relation Manager, ISC Research

Vanessa Cumbers, Director, Explore CRS & Dipont Education Management Group

Courteney Donaldson, Managing Director Childcare & Education, Christie & Co.

Gordon Drakes, Partner, Fieldfisher

Michael Farley, Director of Strategic Development, Harrow Asia

John Forsyth, CEO, Forfar Education

Liz Free, Director, International Leadership Academy

Nicholas Fry, Vice Chair, Kings Group

Geoff Gladding, Senior Lead, Education Team, Department for International Trade

David Hansom, Partner, Clyde & Co

Mark Harper, Education Principal, The Spencer Group

Harry Hoodless, Director, Broadway Malyan (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Karen Jones, Academic Director, Intuitive Education Consultants

Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools

Clive Pierrepont, Consultant (Press, PR & Communications), Taaleem

Jose Rodriguez Cesenas, Director, Sovereign Capital Partners

Fergus Rose, Advancement Director, ACS International Schools

Dr, Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools

Jitin Sethi, Principal, L.E.K. Consulting

Stephen Sidkin, Partner, Head of Commerce and Technology, Fox Williams LLP

Leigh Webb, CEO, ISC Research

Exhibitors included:

L.E.K. Consulting

ISC Research

GL Education

Eteach International


Fieldwork Education

Platinum Sponsor


Knowledge Partner

ISC Research
GL Education

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsor

Fieldwork Education

Supported by

Department for International Trade
Mint Communications

Media Partners

International School Leader
Relocate Global
TAG Education
The Pie News