7-9th July 2017 | Ettington Chase, Stratford-on-Avon


The British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society Conference 2017 (#BELMAS2017) will be held from the 7-9th July 2017 at Ettington Chase near Stratford on Avon.

The 2017 theme is:

“Educational leadership for a global society: challenges, dilemmas and ways forward.”

Message from the Conference Chair:

The conference team are looking forward to welcoming you to our annual conference in historic Stratford-on-Avon. It is a venue we have used before, and the feedback was excellent. It is also near many historic places and lovely scenery if you are one of our international members who might want to extend their time in the UK. Each conference has a theme, and we hope that there will be a truly global focus this year in all the events, workshops and papers. In particular, we would like to encourage BELMAS members who have never been to conference before to come along. We look forward to greeting old and new friends in Warwickshire next July. Keep an eye on the site, as speakers and events unfold.

Victoria Showunmi
Conference Chair


By popular request, we are returning to the venue of our 2014 annual conference – Ettington Chase near Stratford on Avon.

Set in an 11-acre country estate, this conference hotel is 6.5 miles from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 9.3 miles from Hidcote Manor Garden. Stylish rooms have contemporary furnishings, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a restaurant/bar, an indoor pool, a hot tub and a tennis court, plus multiple meeting and event rooms.



Click the links below to learn more about each Keynote:

Kathryn Mitchell >     |      Mark Gooden >      |       Tim Goddard >

Kathryn Mitchell

Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby, UK

Mark Gooden

Professor in Education, University of Texas, USA

Tim Goddard

Professor of Education, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Key Dates

Please take note of the following provisional  dates for Conference 2017.

3 October – 2 December 2016 Call and abstract submissions
19 October 2016 Registration opens
March 2017 Authors notified
April 2017 Authors notified of date/time of presentations
16 April 2017 Early-bird deadline
30 April 2017 Deadline for presenters to register
30 June 2017 Last chance to register
7 – 9 July 2017 Annual conference

Presenter Guidelines

Abstract submissions for 2017 are now closed. The full session programme is available to view here.


Please note the full programme is subject to change.

11:00 Registration Opens
12:30–14:00 Complimentary Buffet
14:00 Welcome to Conference – Gill Howland, BELMAS Chair
14:15–15:15 Keynote 1: Tim Goddard
15:30–16:45 Session 1
16:45–17:15 Refreshments
17:15–18:30 Session 2
18:40–19:00 Drop-In ‘Meet the Council’
19:00–20:00 Buffet
20:00–21:00 Quiz – Mike Bottery
09:00–10:00 Keynote 2: Kathryn Mitchell
10:10–11:20 Session 3
11:20–11:50 Refreshments
11:50–13:00 Session 4
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:10 Session 5
15:20–16:30 Session 6
17:15–18:00 BELMAS AGM
18:15–18:45 SAGE Wine Reception and Best Paper/Thesis Awards
19:00–19:30 Distinguished Service Award  and Reflect Practice Award Presentation
19:30–21:00 Banquet Dinner

*Our BELMAS conference banquet is a chance to celebrate.
We have no official dress code but many people do like to dress up for the event.
e.g. jackets, cocktail dress, suits or national dress.

21:00 – 22:00 Live Music – Minstrel’s Gallery
09:00–10:30 Session 7
10:30–11:00 Refreshments
11:00–12:15 Keynote 3: Mark Gooden
12:15–12:30 Conference Summary
12:30 Lunch and Depart

Click here to view the full session programme.

Conference Packages

Conference registration is now open.


Please click on a conference package to learn about its fees and what’s included. For information on costs such as additional nights or evening meals, please click here.

Friday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £100 Read more

Saturday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Saturday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £180 Read more

Sunday Day Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Sunday and refreshments throughout the day.

From £100 Read more

Non-Residential Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; refreshments throughout the day; and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From £300 Read more

Full Residential Package

Includes attendance at all sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; overnight accommodation on Friday and Saturday at the conference venue; refreshments and evening meals (including the gala dinner).

From £495 Read more


The BELMAS annual conference programme provides delegates with the time and space to network informally and exhibitors’ stands are located to benefit from this. We appreciate the opportunities which arise from having a variety of exhibitors and sponsors and the interest shown by delegates has led to a growing presence at the conference in terms of exhibitors, promotional materials and sponsorship.

Sponsorship opportunities include exhibitor display stands, delegate bags and inserts and the conference handbook.


Taxi Share

Many delegates find that it cuts down on costs to share a taxi to and from the conference. To arrange this with a fellow delegate,  visit our taxi share forum by clicking the button below.

Conference App

Access abstracts before the conference, see the delegate list, read presenter bios, and network with other delegates on the #BELMAS2017 Annual Conference Guidebook App!

Download the app here: http://buff.ly/2sWzFFN

Once you’ve downloaded the Guidebook app onto your device, open the app and search for “Belmas”.

Follow the prompts on your screen and the guide will download.

……or watch the video to see what it can do:


Contact Us

Need help registering for the conference? Send us an email or give us a call.

info@belmas.org.uk | +44(0)114 279 9926