The following panelists will be appearing on Channel 9: FAB (Finance, Admin, Buildings).

Channel hosts: Joanne Dawson and James Miller.

Session 1: The impact of digital technology on learning outcomes

Host: Steve Moss

Steve Moss has had 40 years’ experience of applying digital technology in educational contexts – as teacher, headteacher, teacher educator, school adviser and inspector, and overseeing technology planning and implementation in school capital programmes in England and internationally. Steve has supported individual schools and national programmes in China (Hong Kong), Sweden, Jordan, Australia, Russia, Canada and USA.

Steve will be remembered by many as national strategic lead for ICT in the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF). Currently Steve is the chair of the Innovation Forum at C2K in Northern Ireland and vice chair of Educating 4 Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation in the USA that developed the Teaching Through Technology (T3) programme which has been adopted by over 100 universities across the US and its overseas territories to support potential students from underserved and underrepresented communities. Steve has not long retired as chair of Naace: The Educational Technology Association and home of the SRF, and was chair of the board at Northern Grid for Learning until 2014.

In his spare time, he teaches ukulele at the local arts centre and plays with a ukulele showband.

Panelist: Matt Clegg
Head of ICT for DfE Capital

Having supported the delivery of education technology at a school, LA and national level, Matt is now Head of ICT for DfE Capital with responsibility for technology in capital programmes across England. With the experience of working on Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and leading on the delivery of technology in both the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) and free schools, Matt has developed a keen interest in the opportunities from national programmes, capital investment and the link with school operation. Matt is also involved in the wider EdTech community within the DfE, has responsibility for government digital services within Capital and was responsible for establishing the department’s technology response to Covid-19. 

Panelist: Andrew Davis
Naace board member

Andrew joined the Naace board of management with over 30 years’ experience in teaching roles, from classroom level all the way through to multiple headteacher positions. Through his teaching career, Andrew developed an interest in technology and how best to implement progressive solutions on a school level.

Andrew brings a keen awareness of the changing nature of education, and an experienced practitioner’s perspective on the challenges that schools face in keeping up.

Having completed the NaaceMark and Third Millennium Learning awards at several schools, Andrew is extremely passionate about the self-review framework, and will champion its improvement and promotion as a newly-elected board member.

Panelist: Jon Jones
Regional ICT manager, OAT

Jon Jones has recently joined the OAT team from one of our academies. He has 15 years of experience as a network manager, a teacher and a senior leader. This has given him experience of the use of technology in schools from both a pedagogical and a technical point of view, as well as a view of how senior management operates within our academies.

Panelist: Paul Roche
Lead education business development director, Capita

Paul Roche is a diverse and flexible education ICT senior professional with over 30 years of ICT experience in education. Currently performing the role of education business development director within Capita government services. Although Paul has lead and driven growth across the education sector for Capita, at heart he is an educationalist, historically starting as a teacher of technology in the Republic of Ireland, then building a highly successful ICT company in Ireland, delivering world class end-to-end ICT solutions and innovation which was acquired by Capita PLC in 2017. Paul has been instrumental in supporting the wider Capita and OAT teams with the ICT strategic planning to maximise technology to deliver improved learning outcomes.

Panelist:Alex Wood
Operations Director, Novatia

Alexandra Wood is operations director at Novatia, a consultancy specialising in ICT and education. Alex has been a trusted strategic advisor to OAT since 2014 and brings 20 years’ experience supporting US and UK schools through pervasive ICT change.

Session 2: A trust-wide approach to managing estates (strategic building management and compliance & utilities management)

An introduction to the new team and approach, future projects, plans and learning to support the OAT strategy. A live video presentation and demonstration, with question time.

Host: Louisa Sharpless
Estates Compliance Manager, OAT

Recently appointed at OAT, Louisa leads on developing a positive safety and compliance culture within the estates team and schools, ensuring that all health and safety and building management standards are adhered to.

With over 20 years’ experience in facilities and estates management, in all sectors, Louisa brings her practical experience to the Trust enhancing this with expertise in developing and shaping operational and financial strategy.

Louisa is passionate about supporting the delivery of safe and efficient estates function, in turn contributing to its financial stability with exemplary customer service at the core of everything she does.

Host: Fabrice Vinson
Head of Estates, OAT

Fabrice took on the role of head of estates in 2020 following a five-year consultancy contract at OAT.  Fabrice has held senior roles within leading project management and consultancy practices, with particular focus on the Education sector over his 25 years industry experience. Fabrice is passionate in delivering value for money projects to quality and programme having worked on numerous academies and Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schemes under the DfE/ESFA frameworks over his career.

Panelist: Jonathan Coyles
Client Solutions Director, EO Consulting

Jonathan builds and maintains strategic partnership with clients. He presents practical solutions to the challenges faced by clients in estates and energy management by combining data with analysis to achieve their sustainability goals, and deliver organisational transformation and operational effectiveness by reducing carbon emissions and generating savings to reinvest in other opportunities.

With his vast experience and knowledge in delivering projects for public and private sector organisations, Jonathan helps clients resolve complex issues that often require extensive consultation and innovative solutions. He works with multiple stakeholder groups and believes in developing strong, collaborative working relationships to achieve successful outcomes.

Panelist: Paul Quarrell
Principal, Reappraise Consulting

Paul is a chartered surveyor providing independent strategic and operational support to a varied client base, identifying and delivering cost reduction and efficiency targets in corporate real estate, facilities management and asset governance operation models. Within the supply chain Paul has advised on a range of significant property and services outsourcing procurement strategies, along with technical adviser and PFI due diligence support.

Panelist: Rebecca Fisher
Head of Academy Finance, North, West and Sixth Form

Rebecca joined the OAT central finance team in March 2020, having spent eight years as the finance director and senior leader at Ormiston Forge Academy. Rebecca has been responsible for delivering large projects within budget and to timescale. She has previously held senior roles outside the education sector within corporate finance and strategic investment so is experienced in both the financial and project management aspects of delivering quality, value for money projects.