I am Head of Service of Birmingham City Council’s Education Infrastructure team. Fulfilling council’s statutory duty for sufficient school places through the delivery of the City’s basic need programme, I am responsible for the annual school place planning cycle which includes forecasting and publishing additional places requirements to meet basic need. This comprises of carrying out statutory school organisation and the delivery of the schools’ capital programme.
School status changes including the academy conversion process is also under my remit as well as providing contracts management support to our 27 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schools. I oversee landlord responsibilities for the education portfolio which includes maintained schools and settings, unattached playing fields and numerous other education properties. This consists of regulating any third-party arrangements on education sites, providing guidance and support to schools on statutory compliance, the effective maintenance of school buildings, including planned maintenance and emergency repairs to prevent school closure.
I am a special needs teacher, choosing to exit the profession at a senior level to take up local government work. I thoroughly enjoy the wide remit of my role and all the challenges that come with supporting all schools across Birmingham.