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Thursday 26th October

Is our expenditure on education being spent effectively?

As funding on our education estate comes under more pressure, the need to ensure that it is allocated and spent effectively is coming under increasing scrutiny.
Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:
  • Where is our funding coming from?
  • How much control do authorities and providers have on the allocation of funding?
  • How are providers dealing with potential shortfalls in budget?
  • How entrepreneurial do providers now have to be to raise funds?
  • How are providers going to deal with the greater scrutiny of compliance with regulations following Grenfell?


James Hodgson 
LB Barking & Dagenham
After University, James Hodgson worked in the Port industry in London before joining Local Government where he worked in a number of consultancy roles He was principal policy adviser to a London Borough Council before setting up his consultancy and publishing firm.
He has a life long interest in education having written a book on Local Management of Schools and has worked for Local Authorities as well as schools.
He has served on a number of school governing bodies (both primary and secondary) and is currently chair of the governing body of a junior school. Professionally he is presently School Investment Adviser in LB Barking and Dagenham. 
Mike Clark
University of Brighton

Mike has been the Director of Estate & Facilities Management at the University of Brighton since April 2010 and is responsible for overseeing the development of the university’s estate and delivery of capital projects as well as estates management, maintenance and facilities management.


The university is based in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. The university community comprises of some 22,000 students and 2,600 staff (FTEs). 


Mike is a Chartered Architect by profession and has previously worked in the public and private sectors undertaking the design and project management of a variety of building types involving the arts, commercial, museums & galleries and university sectors.


Mike is also the current Chair of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) which promotes excellence in the strategic planning, management, operation and development of Higher Education estates and facilities.

LinkedIn: Mike Clark

Craig Akhurst
AMR Consult
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