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Welcome to SFX Corporate

Education is changing and evolving and there has never been a time of greater pressure on schools & colleges to guarantee excellent outcomes. At the same time a climate of economic austerity and reductions in levels of government funding for the whole education sector has meant that in order to survive and flourish institutions must become more efficient and effective, without compromising the quality of service they provide.

SFX Corporate was established to meet these complex challenges and offers a range of support services specifically designed to help institutions maximise the quality of teaching and learning outcomes through effective management processes, Curriculum and IT innovation, cost savings, efficiency and productivity analysis.

Our team, senior colleagues and corporate partners have several years of experience and expertise in all of these areas and are available to offer advice, guidance and support to your institution on a whole range of senior management and general educational issues, which are detailed on this website.

In addition to these services we also offer two flagship online IT applications:

e-Student Tracker – Fully integrated academic dashboard system (more information)

eApplication – Online student application system (more information)

We are ready to listen to your needs and together assess what impact our services may have on your institution -so give Eleanor a call today!

Shah Ali

Shah Ali

Director

Shah has over 15 years of management and leadership experience. He has been a member of the senior leadership team at SFX College for over 5 years and was also an Executive Director at Bromley FE College. Shah’s career began as a lecturer of engineering and computing; where he had an “outstanding” teaching and learning profile, before he progressed into educational management. Shah has worked in several key senior positions, ranging from leadership of curriculum and resources areas, to managing MIS and acting as an overall Director of institute. Until 2015 Shah held the position of Assistant Principal (Resources, Corporate and Quality) at SFX and is now Executive Director with an oversight of all business and non-core functions including corporate activities apprenticeships and international contracts. Since joining SFX College’s senior leadership team, Shah has brought both vision and direction to the college and has been instrumental in leading on innovation and change which has had direct impact on both the quality of curriculum outcomes and the College’s strong financial position.

Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Director and Strategic Lead for Corporate Services.

Andy has over 25 years of experience in education and is a qualified teacher as well as a senior member of the leadership team. Until July 2016 Andy was Associate (Vice) Principal at SFX College and managed curriculum, resources and financial areas at a senior level. Andy has now moved over to lead SFX Corporate Services but continues to provide both a strategic vision and operational direction for both the trading subsidiary and the main college. He is a member of the Sixth Form College Association Funding Committee and has substantial recent experience of education funding, MIS and data management (including preparation for OFSTED and the quality assurance of ILR/funding returns) as well as curriculum and resource planning. Andy has been heavily involved in the current Area Review process for London Central and has recently been working on shared services activity with a group of London Sixth Form and FE Colleges. He has also led on managing major capital projects (including DGCF, BCIF & CIF), and has considerable experience of financial/audit planning and compliance.

Ross Cuthbertson

Ross Cuthbertson

Corporate Marketing Manager

Ross is a senior pastoral and curriculum manager with over eight years of experience in education. His career began in telecommunications and the media, working for BBC Information before entering education as a History and Politics teacher. Since joining SFX, Ross has worked and led in a range of key areas, successfully leading an “outstanding” curriculum department, managing and providing direction for a significant pastoral area as well as holding the position of Head of the Managed Learning Environment. Ross has considerable educational knowledge and understands how to provide operational leadership and management of information systems and will be pleased to help explain and provide guidance for your institution. Ross is currently working closely with one of our IT Commercial partners ‘empresa Ltd’ in the provision of our e-ST (learning and tracking) software, which is currently used by 5 Sixth Form and 2 FE Colleges.

Thufael Islam

Thufael Islam

Director of Information Systems and Network

Thufael has exceptional knowledge of high level technical IT issues and 10 years of experience in terms of Microsoft technologies, server virtualisation, storage configuration, BYOD technologies and network infrastructure. He brings an innovative and pragmatic approach to analysing complex business IT needs, conceptualising, designing and implementing cutting edge business solutions. Since joining SFX, Thufael has successfully led on and implemented a range of complex IT projects within very tight budgets and timescales. These have included organising a vanilla migration, implementing core and edge switch replacements, overseeing the virtualisation of core systems, reconfiguring data storage and security control architecture, as well as optimising a wifi solution and implementing a new mac infrastructure. Thufael is now taking a leading role in advising a range of colleges on their IT infrastructure and resource requirements.

Eleanor Lewis

Eleanor Lewis

Director

Eleanor is a senior support manager with over 15 years of experience leading commercial training and income generation as well as governance at SFX. As a Clerk to the Governors, Eleanor is fully aware of the current challenges and priorities in education as well as needs and the context in which they operate. Her career began in retail where she held management positions with Marks and Spencer, recruiting, training and developing sales and management staff in stores and Head Office. Eleanor is the first point of contact for corporate enquiries and she will be pleased to help identify the right support, product or solution the SFX Corporate team can offer your institution.

Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

Director of Resources

Michael Atkinson is an experienced MIS Consultant who specialises in harnessing data to improve college performance. With a career spanning twenty eight years, Michael has worked in senior MIS roles in four Outstanding and Good Colleges in the General FE and Sixth form sectors. A qualified lecturer, he has an excellent understanding of the information needs of academic staff and managers and has streamlined exams, timetabling and curriculum planning processes. He is particularly experienced in getting the best value out of UNIT-e and EBS – two of the leading MIS systems, and is able to advise on how best to integrate these platforms with other allied systems such as Pro-achieve. Working as part of the SFX Corporate team Michael is able to offer a wide range of services covering MIS, ILR/DSATs & funding, New Performance measures, value added data, Ofsted data preparation and reviews of MIS teams and skill sets.

(Michael can provide a no obligation independent half-day review of your MIS service)