Speaker Overviews
Toby Young Toby Young

Toby Young is the author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2001) and The Sound of No Hands Clapping (2006). In addition to being a freelance journalist, he is leading the efforts of a parent group in West London to set up a state secondary school. To learn more about that project, visit the school's website on www.westlondonfreeschool.co.uk. Toby's personal website is www.nosacredcows.co.uk and he tweets under the name of Toadmeister.

Contact details:

Email: tobyyoung@mac.com
Url: www.westlondonfreeschool.co.uk

Peter Kessler Peter Kessler

Peter Kessler is the lead proposer and Chair of Governors for Eden Primary. He took early retirement in 2005 from his career as a TV producer, during which he was responsible for such series as 'So Graham Norton' and 'The Mrs Merton Show' for which he won the BAFTA award for Comedy. He also produced history documentaries including 'I Met Adolf Eichmann'. Peter was Chair of Governors at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney until 2009, since when he has been working full-time on Eden Primary. He also does voluntary work teaching computer skills to elderly people at a Hackney community centre, and runs a monthly film club for Holocaust survivors. He is the author of 'The Complete Guide to Asterix', and he enjoys making miniature furniture. He lives in Muswell Hill with two daughters, two dogs, two cats and two wives. Sorry, one wife.

Eden Primary is proud of its slogan: 'A Jewish school where everyone is welcome'. It is the first Jewish school in Haringey, and it takes a revolutionary approach to faith education. At Eden Primary, children of all backgrounds are equally welcome. Jewish teaching and thought are at the heart of the school, and Judaism is seen and taught as part of the wider society, not cut off from it. Eden is one of the first batch of Free Schools, and was the first primary school to be awarded its funding agreement under the new programme. It opened in September 2011 with a full complement of thirty children, and it looks forward to opening its permanent building once complete in September 2012.

Contact details:

Email: peterkess@gmail.com
Url: www.edenprimary.co.uk
Office: 0289~3351958

Tom Legge Tom Legge joined Place Group in 2009 and established Place Group’s presence as thought and practice leaders in the Free Schools movement. From prior to the last election, Tom has personally handled Place Group’s engagement work with over 200 proposer groups. Following some of these into the process proper, he has overseen three of the first Free Schools opening in September 2011. Tom directly project managed the opening of Eden Primary in London, gaining a first hand understanding on the demands of both the Free School process and the pressure it places on Proposer Groups and staff. As such, he speaks with authority on the full range of requirements for Groups from formation, to school opening and beyond. Aside from working on Free Schools Tom is heavily involved with National College’s School Business Management programme and works with groups of schools to ensure that they work as efficiently as possible to meet the challenges of the current economic climate.

Contact details:

Email: tom.legge@place-group.com
Url: www.place-group.com
Mobile: 0781~7214532

Graham Burns

Graham Burns has specialised in Public Private Partnerships and Joint Ventures since 1996. Before joining TPP Law Limited as a Director, Graham was the lead projects lawyer in the City office of Eversheds.

Graham started his legal career in local government. He has a particular interest in education schemes, and is currently engaged on a number of major education projects, with schools, academies, LEAs and the higher education sector.

He specialises in complex public sector procurements and major commercial transactions handling a broad range of commercial and legal issues.

Graham has substantial and leading-edge experience of major and complex public private partnership deals, including completing the largest schools partnership contract in England for Northamptonshire County Council.

In 2010 Graham acted as lead advisor on the establishment of a Local Education Partnership at The London Boroughs of Lambeth and Ealing together with acting as lead advisor to the wave 4 and 6 schools with the Kent BSF programme. He has a particular interest in school PFI schemes, and is currently acting on a growing number of conversions of PFI schools to academies.

Graham has a developing practice in the academies sector, acting for both sponsors and authorities in the establishment of new types of school. He is the leading lawyer to free school proposers, and recently acted for the West London Free School on the very first free school funding agreement.

Contact details:

Email: grahamburns@stoneking.co.uk
Url: www.stoneking.co.uk
Office: 0207~3241760

Graham Fox

Graham Fox has over 15 years’ experience of working within ICT in education. Operating with the strategic projects team Graham works with Free Schools and Academies to design and develop ICT solutions that unpin their education vision. Recent consultancy work has included Bristol Free School and West London Free School where working closely with Microsoft the school will benefit from one of the first deployments of Office 365 in UK schools. Graham will be considering some of the major ICT challenges facing Free Schools, how these have been addressed and the educational potential for emerging ‘cloud’ based services.

Contact details:

Email: graham.fox@euroele.com
Url: www.euroele.com
Office: 01865~883300
Mobile: 0793~2348382
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Clare Riley Clare Riley, Group Manager, Education Relations, Microsoft Ltd

Microsoft is passionate about helping people realise their full potential and partners with many organisations across the education sector to help transform education and to excite inspire and create opportunities for students – at school, in life, at college and in an increasingly digital workplace. Clare has been with Microsoft for eight years and is responsible for Microsoft’s longer term relationships with Government and key organisations across the sector.

Day to day, she also leads on Microsoft’s engagement in government initiatives such as the Home Access programme and is involved in many digital inclusion initiatives in partnership with Martha Lane Fox and the Race Online 2012 team.

Clare was at the BBC before joining Microsoft, initially as a journalist and film-maker for many years. She also worked at the centre of the BBC, as Head of Business Management in the second half of the 90s. Her last role in the BBC was as Head of New Business Development for Education.

Contact details:

Email: clare.riley@microsoft.com
Url: http://blogs.msdn.com/teachers/default.aspx
Office: 0118~9094377
Mobile: 0788~9852192
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