IDPE 2022 Annual Conference

in person In person: Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 June 2022

virtual Virtual: Thursday 23 – Friday 24 June 2022

Headline sponsor Shared Vision

 In-person days: Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 June 2022

Places at our in-person conference days are now fully booked. However, if you would like to join us in-person, please select the package you would prefer on our prices and packages page and add yourself to the waiting list so that we can contact you if a place becomes available. There are still places available for the two virtual conference days on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June 2022 which give you access to 20 expert led sessions that you can watch on the day or in your own time.

We are delighted to be able to re-connect with you in person this year at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 June 2022. Hear from experienced speakers from across the school, university and charitable sectors; be inspired by our leadership lunches; explore emerging trends with our horizon talks; and have a long-overdue catch up over coffee with colleagues from across the IDPE community.

By booking to attend the in-person days of the conference, you automatically get access to our virtual conference days on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June 2022. You can find out more about the sessions during our virtual days here. Why not also take advantage of our group packages which offer other members of your development team and school leaders the opportunity to benefit from attending our virtual conference.


Keynote speaker

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE has appreciated a deeply purposeful career across the public/private and non-profit sectors, working within education, philanthropy, justice, and commercial business to support and develop communities around the world. He is the Chairman of SOAS, University of London and the Professor of Leadership at the Stephen R. Covey Leadership Centre at Huntsman Business School, USA and sits on the Concordia Leadership Council.


 Horizon talks

Our new horizon talks are the opportunity to take a step outside our comfort zone, explore the emerging trends and look beyond the here and now to what lies ahead for schools' development, including:

  • Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy, Adrian Sargeant on what makes a great fundraising organisation
  • Community engagement: making a splash without the cash with Jo Bullock, King Edward's School, Birmingham, and King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham
  • Civic schools: those schools that are active/central in the local community with Rosie McColl, Head, Brighton Girls, GDST, and Julie Keller, Head, Nottingham Girls High School, GDST

'I can't speak highly enough of the conference and the programme. It has been brilliant, probably the best I've ever attended.'

IDPE 2021 Annual Conference delegate


Sessions will include

Looking at parent engagement with Harrogate Ladies College

Crisis comms and planning: a how to session with Bath Spa University on how to take the heat out of a crisis with good PR planning

The attitude of gratitude: Bolton School and The Perse School share their stewardship top tips

Explore diversity and inclusion with Highgate School


Networking opportunities

Monday night informal dinner and drinks

Join us on Monday evening, for a relaxed, informal dinner, where the emphasis will be on catching up with old friends and making new connections.

Exhibition hall lunches and coffee breaks

Regular breaks throughout the conference give you the opportunity to network with other delegates and chat with our exhibitors in the exhibition hall.


In-person days overview

Day 1*

09:30-10:30 | Registration and networking for first-time delegates

10:30-11:30 | Opening and keynote address

11:40-12:30 | Session 1

12:30-13:30 | Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

12:50-13:30 | Leadership lunch

13:40-14:20 | Horizon talk

14:30-15:20 | Session 2

15:20-16:10 | Afternoon tea with sponsors and exhibitors

16:10-17:00 | Session 3

17:00-19:30 | Free time

19:30-22:30 | Dinner and drinks


Day 2*

08:30-09:30 | Registration and morning coffee with sponsors and exhibitors

09:30-10:20 | Session 1

10:30-11:10 | Horizon talk

11:10-11:50 | Mid-morning coffee with sponsors and exhibitors

11:50-12:40 | Session 2

12:40-13:40 | Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

13:10-13:40 | Leadership lunch

13:50-14:30 | Horizon talk

14:40-15:20 | Session 3

15:30 | Conference close

*although we do not expect to have to make changes to this layout, the exact times and formats of sessions are still subject to change


This year's in-person conference days will be held at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Find out more about the venue and accommodation options.