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Willmott Dixon appoints former EFA director as new education head

Willmott Dixon has appointed former Education Funding Agency director Mike Coleman as its new education sector director.

Mr Coleman was previously the EFA’s director of programme delivery and oversaw the delivery of around £2bn of capital investment a year on behalf of the Department for Education.

Over the past decade he has worked on school building programmes including Building Schools for the Future, the Priority School Building Programme and academies and UTC programmes.

In 2014, Mr Coleman became chief operating officer of education charity The Transformation Trust, which he will continue alongside his role at Willmott Dixon.

Mr Coleman will replace outgoing education sector director Janie Chesterton.

Willmott Dixon said Mr Coleman’s leadership would “add further firepower to Willmott Dixon’s ability to create high-quality, sustainable schools across England and Wales”.

The contractor delivered more than 50 school projects in 2014. It said schools continue to be the “dominant sector” for Willmott Dixon.

Ms Chesterton said: “I am delighted that Mike is joining Willmott Dixon to lead on strategy and direction.

“Schools are an important sector for the business and to have someone with Mike’s client-side experience and deep knowledge from leading school capital and revenue programmes is fantastic. I am pleased to hand over the baton to Mike.”

Mr Coleman said: “I am excited to be embarking on this new role with Willmott Dixon, working with such a forward-thinking and innovative contractor to continue their collaboration with education providers nationwide.

“I am looking to build on the excellent reputation Willmott Dixon already has, driving a new era of continuous improvement in all that we do.”

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