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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

Jack Gallagher

A content-driven, customer-focused marketer specialising in social media

With over 10 years experience of utilising social media and wider marketing channels to grow audiences and generate revenue in the public, education and technology sectors. His specialities include social media, video production and digital advertising. 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

Alice Verlander

An experienced Senior Project Manager helping organisations to manage change

With technical awareness across many sectors and the ability to translate this to those less familiar with it. She brings a breadth of knowledge & experience within a range of sectors including Education, Social Care, Charities and Software. Profile

Paul Wyatt-Pike

Extensive experience as a senior consultant within the public sector focused on EdTech 

Paul is a consummate sales professional with many years’ experience. An expert in strategic planning to ensure schools, MATs and local authority traded services procure the best possible solutions for the benefit of staff and learners. Profile