IPSEF Speakers

Darren Talbot

Partner, Education Lead, Ridge and Partners LLP

Darren has over 17 years’ experience in managing programmes and projects and is Ridge and Partners Education Lead.

Ridge is a leading provider of property and construction consultancy services and an award winning top 40, multi-discipline property and construction consultancy, delivering projects worldwide. Our priority is to understand a clients business and provide flexible, high quality services, tailored to meet specific needs. We provide a full range of professional disciplines relating to all aspects of property and construction projects across the UK and around the world, allowing our clients to focus on their own activities

Darren has vast experience in the schools sector, having provided Bid Director, Bid Management and Technical Advisor to successful public and private clients alike. Darren is a former Trustee of the British Council for School Environments and a board member on the RICS Project Management Professional Board.

His wide variety of schools experience ranges from helping set up the United Nations Education Department in Kosovo and opening the first post-conflict multi-ethnic schools in the region, to capacity building and delivering pilot schools for the World Bank and Ministry of Education in Liberia, through to managing the delivery of private sector input into the Education Funding Agency funded school survey programme and feasibility studies for new schools.