Speaker Group: Keynotes

Crawford Wright

Crawford is Head of Architecture and Design at the Department for Education where he leads a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the design and construction standards for all state schools and FE Colleges in England. Crawford has been leading school construction programmes including Academies, UTCs, Studio Schools and Free schools for over 15 years. Previous to… Read more »

Simon Harris

Simon Harris was appointed Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in June 2020. Prior to this appointment, Simon served Minister for Health from 2016 to 2020 managing the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. During his time in health, he introduced a new all-party agreement on reforming the health service, steered… Read more »

Áine Cusack

Áine is responsible at Principal Officer level for determining school accommodation requirements at primary, post primary and special schools and approving capital investment in school building projects under the National Development Plan.  This involves engagement with education partners and other key stakeholders to identify and advance strategic solutions to maximise and upgrade the existing school… Read more »

Norma Foley

Norma Foley was appointed Minister for Education in June 2020. The Department has policy responsibility for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. Minister Foley  has led the Department of Education during the pandemic, with a strong focus on ensuring  ongoing dialogue and engagement with all education stakeholders. Following closure due to COVID-19 in… Read more »

Neal O’Leary

A Chartered Building Surveyor, Neal has over 30 years’ experience in property investment, construction, and estate management across private, public and third sector organisations. Neal is the Welsh Government’s Programme Director for the £2.3bn Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme (formerly known as 21st Century Schools and Colleges) with responsibility for the leadership, strategic planning, and… Read more »

Hubert Loftus

Hubert Loftus is a career civil servant with over 20 years’ experience in various management roles in the Department of Education. He is an Assistant Secretary General and is Head of the Planning and Building Unit in the Department since October 2017. He leads the work of the Planning and Building Unit which is responsible for… Read more »