Lord David Puttnam – Educationalist and Film-maker.
We're delighted to have Lord
David Puttnam as our headline speaker at the Connect Education Conference.
Here's a short biography of Lord Puttnam. This material is from wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Puttnam
David Terence Puttnam, Baron
Puttnam, CBE, FRSA (born 25 February 1941) is a British film producer and
Educationalist. He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, although
he is not principally a politician. His successes as a film producer include
Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, The Duellists, Chariots of Fire (which won the
Academy Award for Best Picture), Local Hero, Memphis Belle, Meeting Venus and
The Killing Fields and The Mission, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film
Festival in 1986.
He was for 10 years chairman of
the National Film and Television
School and taught people
such as Nick Park. He founded Skillset, which trains young people to become
members of the film and television industries. In 2002 he was elected UK president of
Unicef. Lord Puttnam was the first chancellor of the University of Sunderland
from 1997 until 13 July 2007. He was appointed an Honorary Doctor of Education
during the School
of Education and Lifelong
Learning's Academic Awards Ceremonies in his final week as Chancellor. In 1998
he founded the National Teaching Awards and became its first chairman.
He was the founding chairman of
the General Teaching Council 2000-2002. He was appointed as chancellor of the
Open University in 2006. He was also the Chairman of NESTA (The National
Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 until 2003. He is
also chairman of Futurelab at NFER, which is committed to developing creative
and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning.