John Powell – Operations Director

John graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1993 with an Honours degree in Law.

He started employment for the Funding Agency for Schools which dealt with all grant maintained schools in England and Wales. John’s roles in the Planning directorate included the responsibility for planning of school places, capital projects and school roll projections across more than 20 local education authority areas, and the delivery of a new primary and a new secondary school in Essex and Surrey respectively.

Having joined Reading Borough Council, John took up responsibility for Information and Analysis, including school roll projections, the Asset Management Plan and key performance indicators.

Following this John spent two years working for West Berkshire Council managing the Access team, responsible for school place planning, capital projects, admissions, home to school transport and developer contributions. Whilst dealing with the latter area John acted as an expert witness for the Council in a judicial challenge to the Local Plan site allocations.

John joined EPDS on its inception in early 2005 and has helped underpin the success that has led to EPDS’ market growth.

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Oliver Nicholson – Strategy Director

Oliver graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1992 with an Honours degree in Business Studies.

His first role working with UK local authorities came in the early 1990’s as a research analyst at the Local Government Management Board. During his subsequent career he has held senior project management and business operations positions in the UK and Europe, including his most recent management role at Accenture - one the world’s top 5 management consultancy and business services organisations.

Oliver has a proven track record of applying creative, strategic and leadership skills to achieve project success in a client environment. He qualified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner in 2003.

Oliver originally joined the EPDS team as a non-Executive Director in 2005 advising on the go-to-market strategy and helping to define the client relationship framework. He joined EPDS as a full-time Director in 2012 to help drive business strategy and project engagements.

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