Speaker Group: Chair

Shane Cryer

Shane Cryer manages the education sector in the UK and Ireland for Swedish acoustic experts, Ecophon. After a career in the construction industry, having studied building and property surveying, he now concentrates on building acoustics and is an Associate Member of The Institute of Acoustics (AMIOA). Working closely with organisations such as The Association of… Read more »

Gavin Traylor

Gavin is a chartered architect with over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and is the current RSAW President for a two-year term. He is currently a Lecturer in Architecture & Construction at UWTSD within the School of Architecture, Construction and Environment in Swansea, and is the Academic Lead for Project Integration & Industry… Read more »

Emyr Harries

Emyr leads the Welsh Government’s Education Division with responsibility for education infrastructure, which includes education capital investment and the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme, education sector funding and finance, as well as education operations such as business planning, governance and business continuity. Prior to joining the Welsh Government, Emyr was an Associate Director for Infrastructure,… Read more »

Neil Thomas

Neil is a dynamic educational consultant based in Wales, with 14 years of teaching and leadership experience in the UK and internationally. His passion for education is centred around the philosophy that every child can achieve excellence. Working with school leaders, local and national governments, Neil advises on leadership, curriculum development and school design. Neil… Read more »

Jon James

Jon is passionate about sustainable design. Driven by the need to act on the climate emergencies he founded Jon James Studio Architecture, with sustainability as the backbone of our philosophies. The studio is currently working on a number Passivhaus Primary schools and residential schemes. www.jjstudioarchitecture.co.uk. We firmly believe that sustainable design requires consideration at the… Read more »

Helen Groves

I am an Architect with 20 years experience in the Education Sector. As Head of Education Architecture for Atkins, I bring together our team designing everything from nurseries to university facilities. I have a passion for working with stakeholders to promote the value of good design, whilst embedding the importance of human centred design and… Read more »

Gareth Long

Gareth specialises in school design, supporting schools and authorities in the visioning and preparation of briefing documents through to working with the design team to detailed planning and the 1:50 process. Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge and a dynamic approach to many areas of education.  A teacher for years, becoming a ‘trouble-shooting’ Headteacher of… Read more »