2017 National Conference

2017 National Conference

Jurys Inn, Brighton Waterfront 

8-9 November 2017


The 2017 BASE annual conference was attended by 220 delegates, including 32 parent carers, and took place at Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront.

We'd like to thank Shaw Trust for their generous support as principal sponsor.

The themes for this year were:

  • Maximising the role of employers
  • Transitions, apprenticeships and internships
  • Maintaining specialist local support
  • Ensuring quality


Photo - Click to view the flyer


Penny Mordaunt MP (Minister for Disabled People) (Presentation)
(Speech delivered by Hugh Pullinger)

Richard Clifton (Director of Integrated Services, Shaw Trust)

Laura Owens (President, Transcen Inc) (Presentation)

Huw Davies (CEO, BASE)

Jan Hutchinson (Director of Programmes and Performance, Centre for Mental Health) (Presentation)

Diane Lightfoot (CEO, Business Disability Forum) (Presentation)

David May (Director Transformation and Soft Services, Sodexo) (Presentation)

Lara Roberts / Mrunal Sisodia (National Network of Parent Carer Forums) (Presentation)

Louise Wright (Deputy Director for Apprenticeship Strategy, DfE)



A full programme of 20 workshops was delivered. You can view the workshop presentations here.


Best Practice Awards

We presented our annual Best Practice Awards at the conference dinner on 8 November.

You can view the winners on our awards page



A summary of the conference evaluation is available to view.