Conference Ambassadors:

Helen Groves

Helen Groves

Architect Director, Atkins

I am an Architect with 20 years experience in the Education Sector. As Head of Education Architecture for Atkins, I bring together our team designing everything from nurseries to university facilities. I have a passion for working with stakeholders to promote the value of good design, whilst embedding the importance of human centred design and wellbeing.

Shane Cryer

Shane Cryer

Concept Developer – Education, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Shane Cryer manages the education sector in the UK and Ireland for Swedish acoustic experts, Ecophon. After a career in the construction industry, having studied building and property surveying, he now concentrates on building acoustics and is an Associate Member of The Institute of Acoustics (AMIOA). Working closely with organisations such as The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the RIBA, Shane has been promoting the new BB93: Acoustic Design of Schools standard via CPD seminars, conferences and articles in the trade press. Shane also manages several acoustic research projects around the UK.

Claire Jackson

Claire Jackson

Education Director, Galliford Try

Claire Jackson is education sector strategy lead at Galliford Try and is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in construction, working client side, in a consultant role and now for a main contractor. For the last 12 years Claire has specialised in education, delivering new and refurbished schools through Building Schools for the Future (BSF), Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) and Free schools programmes. At Galliford Try, Claire leads the national education team who are responsible for driving innovation and collaboration across the company, ensuring the delivery of high quality education buildings.

Ian Caldwell

Ian Caldwell

Strategic Facilities Adviser, King's College London

Ian is a chartered architect, graduating from Strathclyde University in 1977, with a further qualification from MIT in 2013. His early career included experience in private practice, local government and central Government where he was responsible for projects for a variety of clients including the Royal Palaces, the Ministry of Defence, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

In 1989 Ian joined Deloitte where he carried out project and property assignments for a number of major clients, and in 1991 he was appointed Director of Estates and Services at Sheffield Hallam University, where he masterminded their redevelopment strategy. Ian was then appointed to be been Director of Estates at Imperial College London, following which he joined King’s College London in 2002 as Director of Estates and Facilities. In July 2014 he became Facilities Advisor at the College including a period as Acting Director of Space Management until March 2015, where has been assisting development of the Estate Strategy to support the College’s Strategic Vision for 2029 and assisting development of spatial briefs for projects such as the major refurbishment of Bush House, the former HQ of the BBC World Service, introducing new collaborative teaching, learning and working spaces and spaces for interface with external communities.

Ian is a Trustee and Past-Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Design Forum and contributed to the book “Future Campus” published by RIBA Publications in July 2017.

Matt Isherwood

Matt Isherwood

Director Of Estates, Brooke Weston Trust 

Matt Isherwood is Director of Estates for Brooke Weston Trust, he is also an Executive Lead for the Trust Network and a founding member of the Education Estates Working Group. At BWT Matt  provides the strategic management for a portfolio of 10 schools which has seen the implementation of and use of data to inform strategic capital decision making and provide assurance to the responsible body.

Philip Gardner

Philip Gardner

Partnership Director, Space Zero

Since co-founding Space Zero, Philip has worked on over 350 individual Interior Design and FF&E projects. Initially in PM and delivery, Philip understands the journey from outline functionality through to delivery of the building, as well as the complications of onsite co-ordination. Having previously worked in Higher Education, Philip is passionate about the need for education and is driven to create better learning outcomes for all. Outcomes which will help the youngsters of today thrive. With a scientific background and a PhD in Biology, Philip has an aptitude for technical detail and is responsible for ensuring quality is adhered to both technically and financially. 

Andy King

Andy King

Deputy Managing Director - Wernick Buildings Limited

Andy started his career in the Modular industry 20 years ago working for the Portakabin Group in the Technical Department where he gained valuable knowledge of the special features of modular design and product development. Andy is currently Deputy Managing Director of Wernick Buildings Limited, a company that has decades of experience working within the education sector.

A valued member of the Modular & Portable Building Association, Andy has been Chairman of the Technical Committee for 12 years working with other members of the industry to improve the professionalism of the industry and raise awareness of the benefits of modular buildings.

Charles  Greenall

Charles  Greenall

Star Academies - Head of Capital Programme

Bio coming soon...

Stephen Beechey

Stephen Beechey

Group Strategy Director and Managing Director Government Affairs - Wates Group 

Steve joined Wates in 2010 and is responsible for Wates’ Group Strategy, Group Communications and Government Affairs. He is accountable for guiding, informing and co-ordinating relationships with government departments, including the Department for Education, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice. 

In his previous role as Managing Director Education and Investment Solutions, Steve was instrumental in the development of Adapt – the Wates kit-of-spaces design solution for cost effective schools. He was also responsible for investments across the Wates Group, focused around social infrastructure. 

With over 28 years’ experience, Steve has an excellent industry track record. He began his career as an Engineer with Tarmac in 1987 and progressed into a number of commercial roles before moving into a development and programme management role with Schal. Subsequent roles included Development and Sector Directorships with Jarvis and Laing O’Rourke, where he was responsible for over £2bn worth of PFI contracts across education, social housing, MOD, MOJ and infrastructure. He is a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder and a Trustee of XP Free School in Doncaster. 

 

Mike Lea MRTPI

Mike Lea MRTPI

Head of Planning, Department for Education

Mike joined the Department for Education in 2016 after a spell in local government and 10 years in private sector planning consultancy, including as a Director in the Planning and Development Team at Jones Lang LaSalle. Mike leads an in-house team of 14 planning professionals within the Capital Directorate of the DfE, working across Operational and Forward Planning. The team operates on a regional basis across the two main school delivery programmes (Free Schools and PSBP), and alongside the likes of MHCLG and Homes England on a range of strategic planning initiatives to secure allocations, land and/or funding for schools.

Mel Manku

Mel Manku

Partner | UK Regional Sector Director for Education, Science & Health, Arcadis

Mel is Partner and UK Regional Sector Director for Education, Science & Health at Arcadis, leading market engagement and delivery across the Education sector spectrum of Schools, Colleges and Universities. With a natural approach to building successful projects teams, applying challenge to achieve best value, he has specific skills in guiding client organisations through the development process. Mel has extensive experience in motivating diverse teams and stakeholders, particularly across complex Science Research schemes. He has the ability to understand the challenges, risks and opportunities of complex site arrangements and has the aptitude to develop positive options, whilst appreciating sensitive client requirements to deliver outcomes which enable life chances.

Lucy Plumridge

Lucy Plumridge

Head of Education, HLM

Lucy Plumridge is Head of Education for HLM and a University design tutor specialising in social, sustainable architecture. Her award winning designs explore how architecture can enhance the student experience and support changing educational pedagogies. Projects range from strategic master planning, brief development and stakeholder engagement through to design development and innovative active learning spaces. She has a particular interest in designing for students with special educational needs.

Julian Robinson

Julian Robinson

Director of Estates, LSE

Julian is Director of Estates at the London School of Economics, responsible for the delivery of all capital development, facilities and property management. He has delivered many high profile projects including the RIBA London Building of the Year 2014, when the LSE was also named AJ100 Client of the Year.

Holding post graduate qualifications in Town Planning and Surveying, most of his working life spent as a client side project manager. He was a CABE Enabler and is Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF). In September 2016, Julian was made an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and appointed to the National panel for Civic Trust Awards in 2017.

Paul Turpin

Paul Turpin

IBI

Sector Lead on schools and educationally led mixed use developments in London and the South.  His portfolio covers all education strands, including nursery, primary, SEN, secondary and sixth form, in the new build and refurbishment/remodel sectors.  He is an RIBA Registered Client Advisor, and actively supports education providers across the age ranges, including STEM Ambassador, and ICC member at the University of West London. 

Sharon Wright

Sharon Wright

Senior Associate, the-Learning-crowd

Sharon is an Education Adviser and over the past 18 years she has worked with education leaders, architects and contractors to create the best possible learning environments on a wide range of projects nationally and internationally. Previously she worked as a civil servant and was Managing Director of the not for profit company School Works.  

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Principal & RIBA Client Adviser, S Williams Architects

Sarah Williams of S Williams Architects is a strategic RIBA Client Adviser and architect, working with private developers and Local Authorities, implementing high profile schemes of up to £150m.

Sarah set up S Williams Architects in 2013 having spent the last 25 years working in private practice in the UK and overseas. She is a practitioner and also works strategically as an RIBA Client Adviser, often collaborating with other architectural practices.

Sarah is known for her collaborative approach. She has participated in a number of design review panels, is an accredited RIBA Client Adviser and Chair of the RIBA steering group, regularly speaks at conferences and has organised and judged various competitions and awards. Past and previous clients include RIBA, Winchester City Council, The Crown Estate, The Department for Education, Berkeley Homes, Sevenoaks Town Council, and various other private developers and Local Authorities.

Terry Stocks

Terry Stocks

Director - UK Head of Public Sector and Education -  Faithful+Gould

Terry is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Terry has worked in both the public and private sectors managing large organisations and delivering projects across a wide social infrastructure asset class –  schools, universities, prisons, courts, administrative estates etc. Terry was the Deputy Director of Estates for the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the delivery of all estates related projects across the whole asset lifecycle – strategic planning, capital delivery, operations and end of life.  Terry led the UK Government’s first BIM projects and is the current UK Digital Built Britain Delivery Director for BIM Level 2. Terry is now a Director with SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business and is their UK Head of Public Sector and Director for BIM. Terry is the current chair of the Government BIM Working Group which is attended by Govt Depts, large UK infrastructure providers and Local Government Representatives. Terry has chaired the UK Cabinet Office New Forms Of Construction Procurement Group, developing and implementing collaborative procurement models across UK Government departments. 

Tom Webster

Tom Webster

Commercial & Compliance Director - Harris Federation

Bio coming soon...

Zane Putne

Zane Putne

Senior Architect - Noviun Architects

Zane Putne is a Senior Architect at Noviun, specialising in education projects with a particular interest for special education needs learning environments. Zane leads Noviun’s SEN sector alongside Design Director Peter Stephens, overseeing all SEN projects within the practice. She is passionate to explore how designs can enhance pupils’ experience and believes that collaborative approach to learning environments achieve the best results. Zane leads practice’s research group that undertakes studies of how our designs perform, once in use and exploring research into special needs.

 

Ian Duncombe

Ian Duncombe

Board Director - chapmanbdsp

After studying at the University of Bath, Ian joined Roger Preston and Partners and worked on the Century Tower in Tokyo, Ludwig Erhard Haus in Berlin and the Stirling Prize winning American Air Museum. He co-founded BDSP Partnership in 1995 and helped deliver many award-winning projects - 30 St Mary Axe (the ‘Gherkin’), Nottingham Science Park and the World Trade Center in Abu Dhabi – some of which projects were formed around Ian’s environmental engineering designs. Ian leads a team delivering masterplans and buildings and his recent work, Britam Tower, Kenya, was awarded best MEP project at the 2019 CTBUH awards.

Exhibition Ambassador:

Matt Gill

Matt Gill

Business Consultant, Recruitment Consultant, Events Manager, Sales Coordinator, TG Escapes

Events Manager and Sales Consultant, Matt has been with the business from the start and is passionate about customer relationships and developing the business and influencing personal at TG Escapes. He enjoys managing all the exhibitions/ conferences and forums for the company. His past career has been in operations and area management, working for Harrods, The Compass group, Warner Brothers, amongst others. Loves Coventry City FC, Sinatra, Travel, his cat Molly and all his grey hairs he contributes to his 2 twenty something boys!

Sarah Denton

Sarah Denton

Education Specialist, Portakabin

Sarah Denton has more than two decades of experience in the construction and modular building sectors. She has specialised in helping public sector providers develop solutions to optimise their estates to meet growing demand.

Sarah has worked closely with the Department for Education as well as on high profile projects for many NHS trusts.

With an emphasis on delivering facilities in a fraction of the time of site-based construction, modular solutions from Portakabin can help to protect and increase income streams for schools, colleges and universities.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith

It is my teams responsibility to lead our sales and marketing activities to ensure we keep the factory busy and operating in an efficient manner.

Working either as Principal Contractor/lead designer or as a specialist sub contractor we have the capability to deliver projects from conception to handover as we operate from the largest offsite manufacturing facilities in the UK.

Caledonian offers innovative volumetric solutions for a wide range of sectors including education, leisure, health, residential, student accommodation, commercial & retail, custodial and MOD, amongst others. The company has been successfully appointed to several leading frameworks including DfE (Department for Education) and the NHS

Event Ambassadors:

Philip Watson

Philip Watson

Director, Head of Design - HLM Architects

Bio coming soon...

Alan Jarvie

Alan Jarvie

Director – Atkins
Sara Humber

Sara Humber

MIM Programme Director 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme - Welsh Government

Since starting the role in January 2018, Sara has structured and delivered a bespoke partnering arrangement for Wales, which will allow the Local Authorities and Further Education Institutions of Wales to access partnering services to facilitate the delivery of brand new educational facilities via the Mutual Investment Model (“MIM”).  As well as being a senior practising commercial lawyer specialising in PPP, Sara has extensive experience in structuring and delivering competitive dialogue procurements for the Public Sector. Her experience on PPP schemes spans many sectors including education, social housing, waste and health.

Stephen Long

Stephen Long

Associate Director - Scottish Futures Trust

Stephen is an architect who worked in both design and construction prior to joining SFT. Seeing things from a variety of viewpoints helps him to appreciate and communicate the opportunities and challenges within a programme or project and assist in developing holistic solutions. He currently works across the SFT Education Team.  

Seonaid Crosby

Seonaid Crosby

Associate Director - Scottish Futures Trust

Seonaid Crosby (Associate Director) is a Chartered Accountant and is currently part of the Scottish Futures Trust’s Education team. Seonaid leads on the financial, risk and programme aspects of both the Scotland’s Schools for the Future and Learning Estate Investment Programmes. She has a keen interest in working collaboratively across stakeholders to create linkages and foster optimum solutions, as well as developing innovative finance solutions for the delivery of public sector infrastructure.

Mike Green

Mike Green

Chief Operating Officer and Director General of the Operations Directorate  - Department for Education

Mike Green is the Chief Operating Officer of the Department for Education and Director General of the Operations Directorate. He joined DfE in 2012.

His previous roles include:

  • Director of Commercial, DfE
  • Departmental lead for the response to Grenfell
  • Director of Capital, Education and Skill Funding Agency

Mike is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is Senior Responsible Officer for 2 of the department’s major programmes.

Before joining the Civil Service, Mike was a civil engineer and spent his career in the private sector working for companies such as Boots.

Ambassadors' Reception

Ambassadors' Reception

We are honoured to have such an esteemed line-up of Ambassadors to help shape the content, share ideas and bring the education community together.

Our Ambassadors are invited to join us at the Education Estates® Ambassadors' Reception on Monday 11th October 2021, 19:00-22:30 - The Midland Hotel. 

 

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