Thursday 31 October 2019

Managing a budget through

an education project


Lucia Glynn - BMAT

Rachel Lines - Gleeds 

Nick Coke - Mott MacDonald

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am


The issues around managing a budget through the various stages of an education project appear to becoming more complex as budgets are limited and the procurement routes more burdensome. Clients and public sector bodies are continually looking at ways to streamline the process through frameworks or modern methods of working, but is the fundamental reporting and managing of cost and risk still following the same process in ensuring value for money to an agreed standard and timescale?  Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:


  • Who is setting the budget what should be allowed for?

  • How do we monitor cost through the various project phases?

  • How do we apportion costs relating to the project or the contract?

  • Do we spend enough time agreeing the procurement route?

  • How should clients and contractors manage their contingency and risk?



Lucia Glynn
Lucia Glynn is Head of Operations at BMAT – a medium-sized Academy Trust with five primary schools and six secondary schools located in Essex and East London. The Trust undertakes over £1m of in-house capital works annually, and is also working with the Local Authorities and Department for Education to deliver a number of expansion and new school projects. Prior to joining BMAT earlier this year, Lucia worked for Arcadis, a global built-asset consultancy delivering new school buildings via the Free School programme, and a broad range of other strategic projects for Multi-Academy Trusts and the Department for Education.


Rachel Lines
Rachel Lines is an Associate Director within the Gleeds London Project Management team. Rachel’s background is in Quantity Surveying, however her most recent experience focuses on managing the delivery of the Free Schools Programme within Gleeds. Prior to joining Gleeds almost 5 years ago, Rachel has spent her career working in a variety of sectors on both contracting and consultancy sides, from which she brings invaluable knowledge and insight into management of project budget and programme.


Nick Coke
Mott Macdonald

Nick Coke is a Project Principal for Mott MacDonald’s Built Environment team.  He is part of the Project Management team delivering a variety of projects across the country.

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