Executive Committee

Meet our executive committee

The Executive Committee meets regularly throughout the year, meeting dates are shown on the Calendar Dates page.

Current Executive Committee Members

Rob Thomas (Chairman and Midlands Region) – rob.thomas@leicester.gov.uk

Rob is Chair of EBDOG and represents the East Midlands area. He joined the Executive Committee in 2007. He has worked within the public sector for over 25 years and within the education environment for 10 years and is currently Head of Children’s Capital Planning for Leicester City Council where he leads on strategic capital planning and delivery for Children’s Services. Leicester City hosted the EBDOG conference in May 2009.

Through the EBDOG Executive, Rob’s area of support is around School Organisation, Place Planning and Admissions and he works closely with the Department for Education on Basic Need policy and funding development.


Peter Colenutt (Vice Chair and South East) – peter.colenutt@hants.gov.uk

Peter Colenutt is an Executive Committee Member of the Education Buildings and Development Officers​ Group having previously been elected as Chair of the group for the period 2013 to 2017. He has significant​ public sector experience and is Head of Strategic Development for Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council Children’s Services Departments, leading on a three year capital programme of around £300m.

Peter works in partnership with the Hampshire County Council Design and Property Services Teams. He is a founding member of the Property Services Cluster, an innovative, collaborative arrangement delivering £500m of school building projects across four authorities in the South East. Peter also works closely with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency on planned and future capital investment strategies and has spoken at the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee as an expert witness.

Peter is a Saïd Business School Executive Education programme graduate and member of the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network.


Graham Olway (Vice Chair and SE Region) – graham.olway@westsussex.gov.uk

Graham is Head of School Organisation at West Sussex County Council.  He initially joined the Executive Committee in 2004 and was National Chairman from 2007 to 2013 when he was awarded an MBE by HM Queen for services to education.  Graham changed jobs in 2013 and worked on Commissioning Services and Social Enterprises for West Sussex County Council until he rejoined Education & Skills Directorate and was co-opted back onto the Executive Committee in 2015.

Graham brings a wealth of experience from working at the Department for Education as well as Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and West Sussex County Council.  He is also Chairman of Governors of a new build primary academy school in Hampshire and a Director of the University of Chichester Academy Trust.


Myles Milner (SE Region) – myles.milner@reading.gov.uk

Myles Milner joined the Executive Committee in 2010 and was vice chairman for a period of 4 years from 2013. Myles has 36 years’ public sector experience and is currently School Services Manager for Reading Borough Council where he manages the Education Capital Programme and also holds responsibility for schools place planning, admissions, transport and schools catering.

Myles has been associated with the IESE South East and London Construction Framework since it began life in 2007, and has chaired the steering group of member organisations  since 2011. He also works in partnership with Hampshire County Council Property Services teams through a special purpose Local Authority Company for Readings’ school building design and construction, and is also a founding member of the Property Services Cluster in South East England.


Clare Medland (Secretary and SW Region) – Clare.Medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Clare Medland is Secretary of the Education Buildings and Development Officers Group (EBDOG). She joined the Executive Committee in 2002 as a Unitary LA representative and became secretary in 2007. Clare has over 35 years of public sector experience both in local government Education and Treasury services and for the MOD HQ Service Children’s Education Service serving overseas for 4 years.

Clare is currently Head of Commissioning for Learning at Gloucestershire County Council with overall responsibility for strategic school place planning and commissioning, capital and infrastructure development of schools, admissions, transport and the commissioning of high needs SEND placements. Prior to working at Gloucestershire she carried out similar roles in both Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. Her role of Secretary involves the coordination of meetings and regular liaison and meetings with colleagues at the DfE and ESFA.


Chris Dyer (SW Region) – chris.dyer@devon.gov.uk

Chris Dyer is a long standing member of the EBDOG Executive Committee. Chris is a Chartered Building Engineer with 33 years’ experience in designing and maintaining schools buildings and is currently Head of Built Environments for Devon County Council. Chris has been appointed to represent EBDOG on the DfE/ESFA’s  professional bodies consultative group for school Condition data, and stakeholder group for Good Estate Management. 


Sally Varley (SW Region) – sally.varley@n-somerset.gov.uk

Sally Varley joined the Executive Committee to host the November 2015 National EBDOG conference and is now Chair for the South West Region.  She works for North Somerset Council as the Strategic Planning and Governance Service Leader in the People & Communities Directorate.  In this role she is responsible for Strategic Planning across the whole directorate (which includes Pupil Place Planning), for the delivery of the Children’s Services Capital Programme and for Directorate Complaints and Governance across adult and children’s services. Partnership is key to any service delivery, whether with local schools or academies.  Sally and her team work closely with local education providers, contractors and other key players with the aim of creating sustainable school structures and new school places that enhance pupil outcomes as well as being a good place to be.

Sally has over 34 years’ experience in the public sector, starting her career as a clerical officer before working in personnel and social care.  She has been in the education field for over 25 years managing the Student Grants and the Admissions and Transport Teams before taking a senior Service Leader role in 2006.


Chris Williams (SE Region) – chris.williams@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Chris Williams joined the EBDOG Executive Committee in 2013 as the representative for the South East Region and later that year took on the on the role of Chairman for the South East Region. Chris has worked for a number of local authorities across the South of England and has vast experience in project management, school organisation and capital planning.

Since 2012, Chris has worked (for the second time) for Portsmouth City Council, Education – Strategic Commissioning, and is currently enjoying the challenges of meeting the rapidly increasing demand for pupil places across the city.

Chris has a wealth of Project Management experience and has project managed many educational projects over the years, including one of the very first school PFI projects, a BSF scheme and a wide range of new school initiatives. 


Steven Jenks (NE Region) – steven.jenks@bradford.gov.uk

Steven Jenks has spent much of his working life in the private sector as an Architect.  Whilst working for a well-known international consultancy he managed numerous frameworks for local authorities many of which involved the delivery of school building projects. At the inception of BSF he was seconded to the DFE as a design advisor for the Department in rolling out the programme.  He was also involved in the work for the Secure Children’s Homes programme, and also worked with local authorities in developing their school programme strategies for BSF.

In 2009 Steven joined Bradford MDC in a role that was leading the School Expansion Programme, PCP and financial operations with schools.  He also oversees the Place Planning aspect co-ordinating with allocation of Basic Need and Consultation process in expanding schools including the design development.  He recently completed the implementation of over 60 new school kitchens as part of UIFSM programme, and continues to work closely with catering.

Steven joined the Executive Committee in 2014 and represents the North East region.


Ian Morris-Iliffe (NW Region) – ian.morris-iliffe@blackpool.gov.uk

Ian Morris-Iliffe is School Organisation and Capital Manager for Blackpool Council. Ian led the council’s capital programme of expanding and improving school buildings over the last five years with significant investment in Blackpool educational facilities. As a chartered surveyor he has over twenty years’ experience in the construction industry, in which he has specialised in both the housing and education sector.

He joined the EBDOG Executive Committee in 2015 following the successful hosting of the Blackpool Conference and represents the North West region.


Kieran Holliday (London Region) – kieran.holliday@sutton.gov.uk

Kieran Holliday is the Head of Pupil Based Commissioning at the London Borough of Sutton. He leads on strategic place planning at the Council and the commissioning and delivery of school places in the Borough managing all aspect of schools capital delivery including basic need and capital maintenance. Prior to taking up post in Sutton, Kieran was an area lead on school commissioning and school organisation at Surrey County Council, and prior to that as a programme manager for the Surrey’s preparations for the Building Schools for the Future programme. Starting as a Graduate Trainee, Kieran has over 11 years experience of working within a public sector environment – mainly working within Local Authorities in education or property/asset related roles.


Robert Bollen (London Region)  – robert.bollen@bromley.gov.uk

Rob is Head of Strategic Place Planning at the London of Bromley, a role that encompasses planning for school places, school organisation and capital delivery. He has 16 years’ experience working in the public sector encompassing policy and project delivery roles in education, regeneration, capital delivery, corporate strategy and economic development. Prior to Bromley Rob was responsible for the client side delivery of PFI projects including education and social care and spent a time working in the private sector on public private partnerships including Building Schools For The Future (BSF).  Rob is also a governor of his local school and previously a director of a community credit union.


Patricia Slater (North East Region) – Patricia.Slater@sheffield.gov.uk

Tricia Slater has worked within Local Government for 20 years, starting her career with Barnsley MBC in Housing & Regeneration. More recently Tricia has been the Senior Manager for School Organisation at Sheffield City Council, managing school places and leading on a £17m programme of school expansions.  Still with Sheffield City Council, Tricia’s current role is Lead Service Manager for Capital and Business Planning for People’s services in Sheffield overseeing a rolling programme of capital investment totalling over £100m.  Tricia is part of the Northern EBDOG forum and has recently joined the Executive Board to support colleagues in highlighting challenges and opportunities for improvement .  If asked TS would say her motivation is ensuring public resources are targeted appropriately, fairly and consistently to improve the environments where people live and learn.


Jaswinder Didially (Midlands region) – Jaswinder.Didially@birmingham.gov.uk

Jas has worked in Birmingham for most of her working life. This includes working as a teacher/actor for a Theatre in Education Company to being a deputy head teacher at one of Birmingham’s many special schools. Currently Jas is the Head of Service for Education Infrastructure where she oversees Birmingham City Council’s statutory duty for sufficient school places through the delivery of the City’s basic need programme. This includes forecasting and publishing additional places requirements to meet basic need as well as delivery of the schools’ capital programme. As one of the largest single local authorities, the education portfolio of Birmingham is vast. The Education Infrastructure team also provides landlord support to all community schools for things like statutory compliance, the effective maintenance of school buildings, including planned maintenance and emergency repairs to prevent school closure. The Education Infrastructure team also provides contracts management support to all Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools in Birmingham.