Education helps people realise their potential and can change lives for the better. That’s true for the individual, the community, and wider society. But schools and colleges face a range of challenges balancing their resources, finances and people. This can limit to their ability to get on and teach. Our shared resources are precious. To make the most of them, we help headteachers, administrators and educators of all kinds to better understand, review and focus their resources.
Zap uses a combination of real-world theory and solid experience to examine an organisation, its people and processes. We break down data systems, finances, internal cultures and working methods in order to rebuild and strategically align them. If we can better enable the educators they in turn can empower their students to make the most of their opportunities.
Education, at all levels, drives positive change.
I have worked in education for fifteen years. I began in the Learning and Skills Council, managing contracts with providers, leading on annual planning and providing expertise and leadership on post-16 funding.
I was Associate Principal (Resources) at Longley Park Sixth Form in Sheffield for nine years. As a member of the senior leadership team, I led finance, estates, human resources, IT and MIS across the college. In my time there I led major organisational change and was pivotal in the college's improvement journey, resulting in two consecutive 'Good' grades from Ofsted.
I have been a governor at an academy secondary school and am currently a governor at a local special school. I was a member of the Sixth Form Colleges Association's Funding Policy Committee and have spoken at conferences and written for TES. I am an accredited School Resource Management Adviser, working through EPI.
I live in Sheffield with my family and enjoy the outdoors life living close to the Peak District allows. I love walking, running and cycling and just spending time in the area's natural beauty. I also spend my time cooking (then eating....), reading and listening to music. And I follow Brighton and Hove Albion's (currently successful!) journey from afar.