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Our Senior Consultants

Our consultants have a wide range of experience and expertise, enabling us to provide the best people – whatever your requirements…

Mike Barnes

A highly successful Head Teacher having also worked at strategic level with BECTA

Having led a series of schools out of Special Measures, Mike is an expert in using technology to enhance learning, engage students and minimise staff workload as well as managing challenging educational environments to maximise learning.  Profile

Frank Coster

Over 40 years’ experience working internationally across the EdTech space

A teacher of maths & computer studies before moving into EdTech, Frank led the Follett team that won the MyEducation BC contract in Canada for 650,000+ students. His expertise lies in international EdTech businesses’ expansion and growth. Profile

David Fairbairn-Day

An experienced International Business Development professional in EdTech

Previously a teacher and Deputy HT, David has held senior roles with RM, was seconded to the UK Ministry of Education, chaired the BESA Software & Technologies Group and latterly led the country-wide teacher training programme for all teachers in Egypt. Profile

David Grashoff

Over 30 years’ experience of senior roles within the education market

As Head of Partner Management at Capita, David was responsible for the formation and growth of the SIMS partner ecosystem. His expertise is in partnering and growing EdTech businesses, leveraging partnerships and beating the competition. Profile

Paul Wyatt-Pike

A procurement specialist and senior partnership professional

With over 30 years experience, Paul co-founded the commercial models for ThinkIT (now EICT) and Everything FM procurement frameworks, creating strategies with local authorities, schools and MATs. His expertise is in sourcing for public sector clients. Profile

Phil Neal

Creator of SIMS. Winner 2018 BETT Outstanding Achievement Award

Phil taught Maths and Physics for over 10 years then worked at Bedfordshire LA. He developed SIMS, which became the market leader. When it was acquired by Capita, he became MD of ESS until 2018. Phil is now a charity trustee at Bookmark Reading. Profile

Dylan Jones

A specialist in the management & growth of EdTech & educational content businesses

Experienced in leading and growing business from start-ups to global corporations, both directly and as a consultant. Currently leading a team at the British Council focused on commercial opportunities and innovation in the global teaching and assessment sector. Profile

Chris Kastel

A specialist in the areas of procurement, negotiation and project management

As E2BN CEO for 23 years, Chris provided resources, advice and cost-saving solutions to LAs, schools & academies. At NEN, he worked to benefit schools and learners. His expertise is in procurement, contract negotiation and project/programme management. Profile          .

Dr David Whyley

An internationally respected innovator, triple BETT Award-winner and consultant

Dave has huge experience in the education sector as a former Headteacher and leader of the Wolverhampton City Learning Technologies Team. He works with schools, MATs and EdTech companies ac ross the globe to bridge strategic needs with the latest EdTech innovations. Profile

Jeff Zroback

A specialist with 20 years’ experience in developing exceptional educational content

As a director at The Content Station, previously as commissioning editor at MacMillan and several roles with Pearson, Jeff has unique experience in global educational publishing, market research, concept creation and commissioning across the UK and globally. Profile          

David Townsend

A former Head Teacher and HMI Inspector as well as an Education Advisor with the DfE

David was a teacher, Deputy Head and Headteacher before becoming one of His Majesty’s Inspectors in Education (HMI) and then a National Lead where he reviewed inspection frameworks. He has also worked for the DfE as a Managing Inspector of European Schools and Education Advisor working with academies. Profile

Sean Massey

Previously a senior leader within Pearson Education, Capita and Civica Education

Sean led technology portfolios through periods of accelerated growth, together with substantial operational and product transformation programmes. His coaching led style has helped him develop an extensive network across the UK technology and investor landscape through M&A projects and board advisor roles. Profile