Paul Shoesmith 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 is a Director of Paul Shoesmith Consulting Limited and has also been a Director at IET Associates Limited since October 2010. 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.
Paul Shoesmith Consulting Limited provides education and technology consultancy in the UK and overseas to a range of organisations operating at national, regional and local level.
IET Associates is a not for profit company, operating as a social enterprise, which now builds and runs ICT leadership networks and professional development programmes for school leaders, including the Leading Leaders Network and the EXite Programme.
As part of his portfolio of work across the two companies, Paul works with schools, academies and multi-academy trusts advising on ICT strategy, procurement, management information and finance systems and ICT 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 has been a governor at a primary academy in Worcester since 1999, where he is now chair of the Black Pear Academy Trust, comprising two primary schools, and has also been governor and director at a secondary academy, also in Worcester, since November 2013. He is a trustee of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation.