Ready 2 Lead? Past Conferences

Ready2Lead? has been running since 2019 and, during that time, has worked with hundreds of delegates from all our local sixth forms. During each conference, students come together to learn about self-leadership, to reflect on the impact they can make and to act in a positive way to make a difference in their locality and beyond.

The conference has gone through various evolutions, from an initial whole day conference, to a series of four online sessions during the pandemic, to the current three session model of today.

Past speakers have included Elke Edwards (Ivy House, London), Amani Simpson (Aviard), Mark Hudson (E-Spired CIC), Sam Roberts (broadcaster: Channel 5, BT Sports, Sky Sports) amongst others.

With delegates mixing across schools, Ready2Lead? provides, as a couple of delegates put it, a chance to “…meet some amazing people”, “to meet with like-minded students, and to learn from others”, as students reflect together on the talks and shared experiences.

As well as discussing the keynote talks, school groups work together to develop projects aimed at meeting local or global needs. Project ideas are incredibly diverse: provision of electric car charging points, minimisation of school cafeteria waste, promotion of sign language and sanitation for Ethiopian mothers during pregnancy to name but a few.

In recent years, the conference has finished with a celebration and networking event including the opportunity to present their project ideas live on the night. All delegates have had the chance to celebrate their achievements, with certificates presented by local dignitaries, and to network with one another, as well as leaders from different sectors.

Groups have gone on to implement their projects and to enter them into global competitions. For example, we were delighted that one of our groups was highly commended in the international Global Goals Competition, being recognised for their collaboration with other organisations in particular.

 Amongst the helpful feedback, the judges said they were “…very impressed with the way you worked with other charities, secured funding, and have outlined a future plan beyond the [GGC] competition. Your fundraising was impressive. It is excellent to see the care you took with this project as you developed your idea. The response and support you received along the way is a testimony to this… Your work with local partners in South Sudan to ensure that the project benefitted people and the economy was important in the success of this project.”

Congratulations to all the delegates for making their own positive impact through their projects.

If you would like to get involved in Ready2Lead? please contact Ritu Mistry: rmistry@harpurtrust.org.uk