Speaker Group: Advisory Group

Trudi Beswick

A successful textiles entrepreneur and Projects Director in the private sector, since 2000 Trudi has been the driving force at the UK charity, Caudwell Children. Over the past 20 years Trudi has orchestrated the charity’s continued growth, developing it from a small local charity to a national organisation helping over 50,000 children and has become… Read more »

Lesley McMillan

Lesley McMillan is Chair of the Education Design Council at The Society of British & International Design, SBID and an Interior Designer at the City of Edinburgh Council.  As an award winning designer, she has experience of designing education, workplace and community environments in local authority and higher education. With the holistic consideration that all… Read more »

Mark Brown

Mark has spent time in marketing with Unilever before moving into advertising as a strategist with Leo Burnett, Creative Director at Starcom and founder of award-winning creative agency Weapon7. He has a passion for sustainable eco-buildings and has been with TG Escapes for 8 years building the brand and helping expand the business into education…. Read more »

Robin Ainley

Robin is an experienced architect in both public and private sectors and has worked on a variety of projects spanning healthcare, education, commercial, retail, and residential. Robin exhibits broad involvement in all work stages: concept and feasibility, masterplanning, scheme design, design development, detail design, cost planning and value engineering, project team meetings, site progress meetings,… Read more »

Chris Pickup

Chris has over fifteen years of experience as both designer and deliverer of key projects within IBI Group, across a broad spectrum of sectors. Chris has strong interests in the design process and has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a successful design review process at IBI Group as part of the wider Design Excellence… Read more »

Claire Dickson

Claire has worked on a wide range of education projects over the past 14 years. She is an experienced project architect with expertise in designing for special educational needs and is dedicated to creating welcoming spaces that provide safe, secure and stimulating learning environments. She has a particular passion in creating immersive learning environments, that… Read more »

Helen Groves

Helen is an architect director with 18 years’ experience in designing education buildings, and is the National Education Lead for Atkins. She has designed the full spectrum of education facilities: from nursery to Higher Education. She is passionate about the importance of good design: from the outset at the briefing stages, through to the successful… Read more »

Claire Jackson

Claire Jackson is education sector strategy lead at Galliford Try and is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in construction, working both in a client side role, in consultancy and now for a main contractor. For the last 13 years Claire has specialised in education, delivering new and refurbished schools through Building… Read more »

Mark Pratt

Mark is the Strategic Design Adviser for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for the Department for Education (DfE) within the multidisciplinary Design Team, which is part of Technical Standards, Capital Directorate. Mark joined the DfE in early 2019 after over 20 years in private sector architecture and consultancy. He is on the RIBA register… Read more »