The Wild side of Schools ICT: meet Keren!
Keren Wild, our very own Head of Service for SICT, gives us an insight into her role and why she’s passionate about enhancing technology to provide the best learning experience for pupils.
Keren has been with SICT since 1994 – so it’s safe to say there’s nothing she doesn’t know about the service! Starting as a field technician, her first role involved working in schools; supporting them with all things ICT and training. With a clear passion and a talent for supporting schools, it didn’t take Keren long to progress to Senior IT Officer and then Deputy Head of Service before becoming Head of Service in 2011.
Outside of work Keren loves bikes! She’s often found mountain biking or travelling around Europe watching MotoGP.
Keren’s role is really wide and varied, in addition to working directly with schools to help them get the most from their technology, she manages relationships with market leading suppliers, such as Google and Microsoft, through our frameworks and looks after a team of more than 50 staff.
Keren is passionate about delivering real positive changes and helping pupils to achieve the very best. She supports schools in so many ways to ensure their specific needs are always met. This has involved implementing new, innovative ways of working, including working with a supplier to develop a decentralised model for their product – one of the first in the UK education market to do this.
Keren’s dedication and passion to always give her very best recently led to her being shortlisted for the Women in IT Excellence Awards!
A day in the life:
Where to start?! As Head of Service, Keren is the expert for SICT so a morning can be taken up with final preparations before going to a sales presentation for a large MAT in a neighbouring authority. Getting back to the office, Keren will catch up with the Procurement team to ensure that schools continue to get the best value by working on the creation of frameworks to provide cost effective, quality options for customers whilst ensuring that suppliers fully understand the education sector.
Following lunch, there’s an opportunity to speak to some of SICT’s leading service providers; Smoothwall (internet filtering), NYnet (Broadband), Capita, Bromcom, Scholarpack, RM and Pupil Asset (MIS systems) and not forgetting working with the suppliers involved in our new cashless catering framework.
There’s just time for a final school visit to talk about new innovations in the market and how the SICT service can help fill the gap between learning objectives and delivering value to schools; ensuring quality, safety, service and price.
Then it’s home for a snuggle with Dumpling the Cat and watching some motorcycle racing on TV – puuuuuurfect!