Chris Kirk


  • Chris is a former PwC Education Partner & Strategy Partner.  His strategy projects included development of vision, strategy, balanced business scorecards for government, private sector and universities; organizational review and design including DFE, school groups , Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; research and evaluation including teacher workload, education technology

  • As GEMS CEO (Education Solutions and UK) Chris was responsible for leading an international consultancy which provided advice and services to international governments and school groups; and CEO of a chain of public and private schools and colleges in UK and Europe

  • At the National College For School Leadership Chris was Strategic Director for ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’ – a national programme to identify, develop and retain great school leaders

  • Chris began his career as a fast stream civil servant.  His projects included Lord Dearing’s review of Higher Education; implementing school capital and planning projects; implementing aspects of ‘Excellence in Schools’ and Excellence in Cities for Prof. Michael Barber

Ray Legge

Associate Director

  • Ray specialises in helping clients to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage through operational and supply chain excellence.  Clients include large companies, investment funds and medium-sized companies working in industry, retail and services, as well as public organisations.

  • Within Mouchel, Ray held overall responsibility for Procurement and Fleet for the Mouchel Group.  Ray also supported clients of Mouchel’s outsource service (Academies, Multi Academy Trusts and Councils) to drive process efficiencies and save money across HR, Professional Services, ICT and Estates functions.

  • As a Director at K Consulting (UK) Limited (and later as a Director at Genica Ltd), Ray provided procurement and operations consulting to the Public sector (Central Government, Local Government and Health) and Private sector clients (UK and International clients).  Within the Private sector, Ray’s work largely focused on designing and delivering saving-led change projects within core and support categories.  Within the Public Sector, projects included delivering enhanced outcomes at lower cost through collaboration, moving transactional services to web-based self-serve models and driving efficiencies through process simplification and standardisation.

Louise Reader

Senior Consultant

  • Louise is a former PwC Senior Consultant with experience across public sector and charities including education, training, health and local government.  Her projects included large financial savings reviews, operational efficiency assessments and targeted ‘value for money’ appraisals.

  • More recently she has also worked directly within education as well as holding office as a governor within a specialist NHS Trust.

  • Louise specialises in strategic reviews, operational efficiency driving continuous improvement through data and performance measurement, facilitation and analysis

Oonagh Herron

Senior Associate: Specialist bid writer, editor, ilustrator and bid-production consultant

  • Oonagh's sector experience includes: education (construction and DfE/SFA projects); healthcare (clinical services in primary care, community and custodial settings and healthcare construction); soft and hard facilities management (FM); criminal justice system (MoJ); construction, infrastructure, waste management and local government.

  • Her work on bids includes solution development and challenge, question deconstruction and answer planning, subject-matter expert interview, response writing & editing (including editing to word/character/page limits), template development and formatting, style guide development, illustration (including operating models & infographics), presentation development & coaching.

John Cameron

Senior Associate: Organisation design and operating model

  • John is Director of Reframe Consulting Limited, leading organisation design assignments on an international basis

  • For 7 years, John was a Senior Manager in PwC, where he specialised in Operating Models, Organisation Design and Business Architecture, including work in the education sector with universities and international school groups, as well as many other public and private sector clients 

  • Prior to this, John was Global Change and Training Lead for EVO Vodafone.  EVO was Vodafone's SAP enabled business transformation programme, rolling out a standard operating model for Finance, HR and SCM to 15 operating companies globally.

  • In his earlier career, John was Engagement Manager, Gallup, where he led consulting teams on employee and customer engagement assignments, designing and managing the overall measurement and change project.

  • John’s project roles with CJK Associates include providing technical expertise and wider insight relating to Operating Models and Organisation Design, to support generation of design principles, options and help identify and assess the preferred option.

Zainab Ibrahim

Digital consultant

  • Zainab is a Digital Marketing & Transformation Professional with a B.Sc. in Computer Science & an MA.  She has 15 Years’ experience working with Education & Non for-Profit companies in the UK and internationally.

  • Roles include the Head of Digital for GEMS Education & The Varkey Foundation in their London office, and The Middle East & North Africa Digital Marketing Manager at Kaplan International.

  • Zainab has built and managed a CMS system for over 100 school websites, alongside digital marketing and acquisition strategies to help schools achieve their enrolment targets.

  • Zainab’s Edtech projects include the “Art of Teaching” - a MOOC project on, to create online education courses; and a networking App for the Global Education & Skills Forum.

  • Zainab’s digital platform to help refugees and migrants navigate through the NHS, created through a Hackathon at Google campus in London, won the ‘outstanding contribution award’ and was featured in several international media platforms including the Guardian Newspaper.

Paul Shoesmith

Senior Associate: Education technology and systems

  • Paul has a wide range of experience of working with schools, suppliers, local authorities and government departments covering all aspects of the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology).  He previously held leadership positions at Becta, the UK government agency for technology in education, and at Birmingham Education Service, where he built and managed the Birmingham Grid for Learning, one of the largest educational networks for schools in the UK.

  • He now provides education and technology consultancy in the UK and overseas to a range of organisations operating at national, regional and local level.  He works with schools, academies and multi-academy trusts advising on ICT strategy and leadership, procurement, management information, learning management and finance systems and ICT and network infrastructure.  

  • Between 2014 and 2017 he worked as part of a team advising a national education ICT project in the Gulf region, managing large scale OJEU compliant device, network services and software procurements, while also coordinating the work of NEN, the Education Network as their Professional Officer between 2013 and 2016.

  • Paul chairs a small Multi Academy Trust in the West Midlands, and is a governor and director at a secondary academy. He is a trustee of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation.

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