Ghulam has supported over 30 free school projects to date in a variety of capacities from being a project director and project manager, to general advice and troubleshooting. He has over 13 years’ experience working at the DfE on a range of education policies. Prior to leaving Ghulam spent three years working within Free Schools Group at the DfE (Assistant Director: Capital and Sites), and has since been supporting projects from the private sector using his skills, extensive knowledge and networks. Ghulam has been working with NSN since 2017.
Free schools pre-opening experience
Ghulam was the project manager for the Meridian Angel Primary School and the project adviser for the Chapeltown Academy supporting both schools through to opening. He is currently the project manager for Hujjat Primary School, a free school in pre-opening, and supported the proposer group to engage effectively with the ESFA when securing a site. In addition, Ghulam project managed and supported Endeavour MAT in the development and submission of its recently approved free school application. At the DfE, Ghulam led a team responsible for capital funding, site and buildings and all free school applications and projects in South London. He led a team to open 15 schools, including; ARK Conway, West London Free School, London Academy of Excellence and School 21. Separately, he has provided consultancy support to eight new free school projects nationally. Separately, at Floreat Montague Park, Ghulam oversaw completion of the temporary accommodation in pre-opening, including FF&E support.
Other school experience
As Academies and Free Schools Director of Kier (formerly Mouchel) Business Services, Ghulam provided support to 14 academy projects nationally.
All aspects of free school and pre-opening project management, governance, finance, education, site and buildings, stakeholder consultation
"Ghulam is an effective Project Manager. He maintains excellent relationships whilst being demanding on behalf of the client with other organisations. Ghulam is pro-active, efficient and very professional."
Floreat Education Academies Trust