Mike Couzens

Mike is an experienced project manager and administrator who spent almost 30 years in the Civil Service undertaking operational delivery, policy development and project management. He has worked in education with many government ministers, senior officers in local authorities, Chief Executive Officers of charitable trusts and school leaders since 1999. This work included agreeing solutions for underperforming schools and finding appropriate sponsors where necessary. From 2010 to 2016 Mike worked on the then government’s flagship Free Schools policy. His key achievements included working as Department for Education project lead to open one of the first ever Free Schools – Krishna Avanti Primary School in Leicester – in 2011, followed by the Everton Free School on Merseyside (which opened in 2012), and Connell Sixth Form College in Manchester (2013).

Mike is organised, efficient, level-headed and calm, all qualities which helped him throughout his Civil Service career and are now helping the education groups he works with as a C:BECS associate.

Mike has worked with C:BECS since December 2016 on a variety of assignments including:

  • Stakeholder engagement and pupil recruitment for the new Bishop Chavasse Primary School in Tonbridge, Kent
  • Project management of a number of new school applications including Samuel Ward Academy Trust’s successful applications to open free schools in Ipswich, Romford and Lakenheath
  • Data analysis on school performance and pupil numbers

Other relevant experience

Mike is a Level 2 cricket and football coach and has been involved in helping children and young people grasp the benefits of sport and health for a number of years both in schools and local grassroots clubs. When time allows he volunteers in one of his local primary schools, listening to children read or helping the sports teacher.

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