Alan Mackenzie

Lincolnshire based - work nationally

Alan Mackenzie

Lincolnshire based - work nationally

I love working with schools; the diversity, the challenges, but most importantly the positive educational outcomes.

e-Safety and technology have both been a passion of mine for years, the two work hand-in-hand which is why I decided to say goodbye to my previous role to establish my own business.

My years at the local authority were inspiring and challenging - to manage all the IT services for 350 schools; this included tender and procurement such as broadband (RBC and PSN), services such as filtering and email and more including a £4.5 million budget. The secondary role was to lead the e-safety agenda for the county.

I believe that e-safety is an enabler for schools; the proper management of e-safety from a governance perspective allows schools to truly engage and innovate with technology without fear of risk either to the child or as a liability risk to the school.

My work is now very diverse: working in schools with the children, staff parents and governors on various e-safety initiatives; writing a white paper or guide commissioned by commercial providers or writing an article for The Guardian (here and here); working with federations of schools to help and advise with their IT support and service management to decrease costs and increase value, or to look at new and interesting ways in which to use technology either for administrative or curriculum purposes, and so much more.

Hobbies and spare time? I don't really have any hobbies, I don't have the spare time. Mostly I work 6 days and nights a week, but I lke to do some hill walking when I get the opportunity.

What did I do before all this? I travelled the world without a view.

alan@esafety-adviser.com