Our leadership team have all worked with the company for a number of years, and all have direct experience of venue management in our clients. They understand the needs and opportunities which arise when working within schools and work constantly to improve our services, as well as strengthening our processes to ensure that we get it right first time. In addition to their leadership roles, our team provide area management support to the Venue Managers, helping them to focus on what they do best – running and growing the business in your school.
James is an experienced school bursar who founded Schools Plus in 2004. Prior to entering education, James worked for the European Commission, Accenture and Centrica in the UK and abroad. He has a degree in Law from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Ernest joined Schools Plus as a Venue Manager in 2008, based in Chesterfield, and has now managed sites in Derbyshire, Bradford and London. He previously had a successful management career with the Post Office and McDonald's. Ernest was appointed to his current role in 2010.
Mike joined us in 2010, as a Venue Host on the Wirral in Merseyside, and progressed first to Venue Manager in 2011 and then to the leadership team in 2012. He is responsible for HR and for business development, as well as being the company's Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Andy joined Schools Plus in September 2015, having previously worked in a range of roles in the Financial Services sector. Having begun his career as an Assistant Accountant, he qualified with CIMA in 2009 and moved on to become a Finance Director in 2013. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield, a city he still lives in.
Simon joined Schools Plus in 2012 initially as the Venue Manager for two London schools. He was promoted to Area Manager in April 2014. Appointed Business Development Manager in October 2016. Prior to joining Schools Plus he spent 25 years in the Ministry Of Defence covering a multitude of roles, latterly serving as an internal consultant in Whitehall.
Mike is an experienced software developer who joined us in 2007. Having worked at every level in the company including Area Manager, he now has full responsibility for the design and management of our IT and communications infrastructure.