Meet Cambridge Education’s newest team member, Brenda Wilkinson, Senior Education Consultant.
What led you to Cambridge Education?
I have spent the last 20 years working as a senior manager and consultant in the education, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. I have enjoyed diversity and creativity in my career and that has bought me to Cambridge Education where I will be focusing on business development, including developing new courses, new clients and collaborating with other educators to introduce innovative services to more schools.
What has been your career highlight?
My past experience includes working as a School Business Director in several independent schools. This gave me oversight of areas including strategic planning, finance, governance, risk management, contract management, technology and building development.
What key strategies have assisted you in your role as Business Manager?
I have found the following strategies to very important in my role:
- Developing broad competencies and organisational knowledge in my team so that they could deliver tasks independently and problem solve as they go
- Adopting a project management style of working that allowed me to work on tasks intermittently, place incomplete work on hold, and retain critical knowledge - in and around the interruptions that are part of school life.
- Understanding as Business Manager I am a central figure in the delivery of school operations and dealing with many influential stakeholders every day. It was very important to keep communication lines open and identify opportunities to develop trust and gain support of the stakeholders.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is achieving a career/family balance that enables me to create business opportunities, pursue creative outlets while being engaged with my family.
Registrations for Bastow’s Leadership for Business Managers Course, Intake 2 in Ballarat close on Friday 5th May.
Lead the management of a range of complex projects for key education clients.
Must have extensive experience in the school education sector, with current knowledge of quality teaching and professional learning based on adult learning principles.
Will be responsible for the project and financial management of key programs, supporting project directors in delivering agreed outcomes.