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

Graham Olway (Chair and South East 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.


Peter Colenutt (Vice Chair and South East Region) – 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.


Clare Medland (Secretary and South West 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 (South West 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 34 years’ experience in designing and maintaining school buildings and is Chief Engineer (Highways and 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, schools condition allocations and the CIPFA/ESFA’s stakeholder group for Good Estate Management.


Sally Varley (South West 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.


Ged Kelly (North West Region) – ged.kelly@bolton.gov.uk

Ged Kelly is the Capital Programme and Pupil Place Planning Manager at Bolton Council.  Ged joined the Executive Committee in December 2018 as a representative for the North West Region.  He has spent over 30 years working in local government starting out as a Town Planner.  After a period of undertaking a variety of different project development roles he moved into the Education and Children’s Services Department at Bolton in 2002 with responsibility for estate management and building maintenance.  Over the last 10 years he has been responsible for preparing and delivering the Council’s successful pupil place planning strategy against a period of unprecedented pupil growth within an ever changing and challenging diverse educational estate.


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

Steven 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 coordinating the 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.


David Martin (North East Region) – david.martin@kirklees.gov.uk

David is the Head of Corporate Landlord and Capital at Kirklees Council, where he has worked for 23 years. Prior to that he worked for the Funding Agency for Schools dealing with the early waves of grant maintained schools. At Kirklees David has had responsibility for Schools Asset Management and its capital programme since 1998, though in recent years his remit has extended to all the Council’s land and property assets as well as leading the delivery of the Council’s extensive capital programme. David has been involved in the EBDOG network for many years, being active in the regional Yorkshire & Humberside EBDOG and moving onto the National Executive in 2017.


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.



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.


Matt Clayton (East Midlands region) – matthew.clayton@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Matt Clayton joined the Executive Committee in 2019 to represent the East Midlands region. Matt has worked for Lincolnshire County Council for the last 18 years in various roles within Children’s Services and Corporate Property in information management, school place planning and capital programme management, and has been Admissions and Education Provision Manager for the last three years. He is responsible for ensuring that Lincolnshire County Council meet their statutory duty for providing sufficient school places through planning and commissioning the delivery of capital projects across one of the largest counties in the country. This has recently included significant involvement in the development and implementation of a new special school strategy resulting in a five year £50m capital programme. Matt is also a governor of a local primary school.


Tony Madden (South East region) – tony.madden@slough.gov.uk

Tony joined the Executive Committee in 2018 representing the South East region. He has worked for Slough Borough Council for 17 years in a variety of roles all linked to Education and Children’s Services.  For the majority of that time he has managed the school place planning and capital programme management functions.  Over the last 12 years he has overseen an expansion of Slough’s school estate by more than 50% with investment of more than £130m.

For the last 6 years he has developed his knowledge as part of Slough’s Asset Management team, which has widened his focus to include the commercial and regenerative opportunities presented by investment in the school estate.  He is currently working on developing a number of locality hubs involving nurseries, housing, public health and other partners.


Peter Mumford (SE Region) – pete.mumford@suffolk.gov.uk

Peter has worked at Suffolk County Council since 2010, and in his current role as Schools Planning Manager since 2013. In this role he oversees the School Place Planning and Academies Programmes and is involved in the management of the school capital and maintenance programmes, leading on projects for new and expanding schools.

More recently the place planning role has focussed on responses to numerous district authority local plans and the discussions with housing developers about the impact of new housing and the education infrastructure required. This is an expanding area for Suffolk with significant investment needed to meet the Council’s statutory duty for providing school places over the next 10 to 15 years. Alongside this, Peter has also been involved in the development of a new SEND capital programme to deliver approximately £45m of additional infrastructure across the county.


Sue Pegg (Midlands Region) – sue.pegg@derbyshire.gov.uk

Sue Pegg joined EBDOG in 2019 as a Midlands representative. She currently holds the post of Head of Development at Derbyshire County Council where she is responsible for school places planning, admissions and transport, planning and commissioning the delivery of capital projects, academy conversion and PFI management.

Sue has over 40 years of experience working in the public sector. She joined Derbyshire County Council in 2003 working on the children’s centre programme, BSF and PFI before taking up the current post as Head of Service in 2018. Prior to that she worked in the military where she had responsibility for property.


Mick McManus (North West Region) – mick.mcmanus@manchester.gov.uk

Mick is a Chartered Surveyor with 43 years’ experience in construction design and management and maintenance working for Manchester City Council in a variety of technical and strategic roles. His current position is within the Capital Programme and Procurement team as the Programme lead for Education, leading on the procurement and delivery of new schools and extensions to meet increasing demand for school places in Manchester. Mick got involved with EBDOG in 2018 when he helped refresh the NW regional EBDOG group. Mick is Chair of Governors at a local primary school where he has served on the Governing body for the last 16 years.


Joanne Prophet (North West Region) – joanne.prophet@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Joanne Prophet joined the EBDOG executive in 2020 as representative for the North West Region. Since 2018, Joanne has been the School Organisation and Capital Manager for Cheshire East Council and is currently responsible for managing and developing the overarching strategy for education provision within the Borough, including strategic planning, capital investment and commissioning, and ensuring the sufficiency of school places. Joanne has been working in the public sector since 1997 moving into the Education Team in 2001 as a Capital Programme Officer at Stockport Council. During her 17 years at Stockport Joanne took on a number of roles including Building Development Officer and then later as the Education Asset Manager, this was a strategic role and she was responsible for the management and implementation of capital and infrastructure programmes.


Emily Heaton (South West Region) – eheaton@swindon.gov.uk

Emily Heaton is the Service Lead for Access and Provision at Swindon borough Council, overseeing School Admissions, Education Place Planning, Free School Meals Eligibility Service, SENDIAS and Mainstream Home to School Transport Policy. Emily has been working for Swindon Borough Council for 19 years in total, with 14 of those in Education. In her current role, Emily is responsible for the strategic planning of Education sufficiency for the Borough, and the Education Capital Programme. With Swindon as one of the fastest growing Towns in the Country, the Council has been successful over the last 5 years in securing Free School bids, with 20 % of all the free schools in the South West being in the local area. In all her roles, Emily has been heavily involved in influencing and shaping policy, lobbying Government and then implementing changes locally, with a wealth of experience of working across the South West with all Local Authorities through various networks, along with working in the political arena of Local Government for many years.


Sally Lowe (North East Region) – sally.lowe@leeds.gov.uk

Sally has worked in local government for 11 years after joining Leeds City Council from the Learning and Skills Council in 2010, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from working in the 14-19 education sector. During her time at Leeds City Council she had led on a variety of strategies to support the engagement and attainment of children and young people in education. In 2018 Sally became the Lead Officer for The Built Environment Service, leading on the Children and Families capital strategy, including the planned maintenance programme for schools, and SEND place planning. Sally joined the EBDOG Committee in 2019 and will be hosting the 2022 National EBDOG Conference in Leeds.


Tanya Smith (South West Region) – Tanya.Smith@southglos.gov.uk

Tanya works as part of the BCP Council’s Education and Skills leadership team and I has a track-record of leading the commissioning and delivery of high-profile, complex strategic projects to create new pathways for learning and help sustain existing and growing new communities. Tanya is responsible for planning and commissioning the department’s capital programme and working in partnership with local school leaders and stakeholders, delivers key statutory functions of the Local Authority including school place planning, home to school transport, school admissions and early years sufficiency and funding.


Rob Thomas (Midlands Region) – Rob.Thomas@walsall.gov.uk

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