Leadership Team

The experienced APi leadership team is headed up by Paul Harrison and Amit Sharma, founders of APi Innovation.

Paul Harrison BA (Hons), PGCE

A national leader with 30 years of experience in education, school improvement, headship, governance and transformational leadership, Paul has been commended by HMI for his work in school improvement and for his determination to recover schools and local provision from categories of concern to outstanding learning communities of strength.

Paul works with school leaders and governors, local and diocesan authorities, Multi Academy Trusts and government.

A proven track record in creating and implementing organisation wide vision and delivering strategic leadership that has a demonstrable impact on learning community improvement and upon the outcomes and aspirations of children and young people, Paul's passion and philosophies are deeply rooted in a desire for all children to receive the best possible education regardless of circumstance. Paul is driven by the desire to challenge limits, to disrupt thinking and to sharpen focus and is the creator of "Accountability for Improvement" and the 4MAT Performance Canvas - the tools of effective accountability for authorities, leaders, CEOs and Trusts.

Paul is CEO of a MAT, a Chair of Governors of a Primary School, Chair of the local village playgroup committee and Leadership Fellow of St George's House, Windsor.

Amit Sharma BEng (Hons), BCom (Hons)

An 18-year track record working in the technology arena covering sectors such as Education, B2B, Non-for-Profit, Charities and SMEs.

Amit has been involved in the early age of the web and seen it evolve into the current mature digital age. Backed with a solid understanding of complex applications and business process analysis has allowed him to evolve and identify business opportunities in various sectors and strategically evolve offerings. He has been involved in the creation of a variety of bespoke web, digital and software solutions based on key business processes and the harnessing of technology.

Work in the Education Sector has been a large focus over the last 15 years, working with Schools, Academies, MATs, Colleges and Universities. This has included establishing a business as a leading provider of web, digital, marketing and e-learning solutions in the Education Sector offering solutions that meet OFSTED requirements, adhere to legal requirements and add value to parental/stakeholder engagement on an efficient basis for each Educational establishment. Amit has worked with hundreds of Schools around the country and internationally liaising closely with School leaders, Consultants, Governing bodies, Parents and Pupils.

Amit is also a Trustee/Director of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens (an Educational Charity that receives thousands of organised School visitors per year) and a Committee Member of the Lord Taverners' Charity (an organisation that works with many Schools and Children around the Country).

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