BPT’s Sustainability Lead starts work

A new vision for sustainability and estates management has begun at Broadleaf Partnership Trust, with our first ever Sustainability Lead getting to work.

Oliver Marsh arrives from Fairfax Multi Academy Trust, where he was Trust Estates Lead, having joined their site team a decade ago.

He’s been tasked with being the guardian of our estates strategy, ensuring that it remains in line with the Trust’s overall vision and values in it’s ambitious aspiration towards ‘Carbon Net Zero’, and it’s something he’s keen to get to grips with quickly:

“The days of site teams or caretakers as they were just putting keys in doors and that’s it has changed, it’s progressed for the better and evolved to the point where we have to think of all the different nuances to the job of managing our school sites, and we need everyone to come on that journey with us towards being more sustainable.

It’s a broad remit, we want to look at solar panels, LED lighting, electric vehicle charging, anything we can introduce to help reach that vision and get people on board with it, eventually my children will go to these schools so I view these steps as a parent too, and the impact our decisions will have on pupils for now and the future.”

Marsh will also have input into the planned rebuild of Perryfields Academy in Oldbury, and says it’s important to be mindful of the different challenges our schools face in different locations:

“I’ve lived and worked around Sutton Coldfield for over two decades, but I grew up in another area and I’ve worked with schools in other areas too, so I understand how important it is to recognise the differences our schools will face and the varied challenges the students encounter, but I’ve always been someone keen to develop, I’ll never ask someone to do something I’m not prepared to do. I’ve faced a lot of challenges working my way through my career but that’s how you grow as a person and it’s got me to where I am today.”

Marsh’s appointment follows closely BPT appointing Projects Lead Scott Murphy, with the two set to work closely together to deliver high value investment works and developments. BPT’s Chief Executive Claire Pritchard says the transformative work has already begun:

“I’m really pleased to welcome Oli to our team at Broadleaf. He brings with him a rich knowledge of school estates from his work with other academies and I am already getting excited to see how our sustainability agenda can flourish under his leadership. Within his first week we have had an incredibly productive meeting with our catering and cleaning providers about how we can partner on some innovative projects so watch this space.”


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