Umer Chughtai

School Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Current Position Chief Technology Officer
Designation Specialist Leader of Education
Designated Specialism
  • Strategic ICT development to support teaching and learning
  • ICT Infrastructure development and support
  • Project Management
  • School Management Information Systems
Background Having worked in the IT industry as well as in schools for over 15 years, I have gained a sound knowledge & understanding of the requirements and difference in the working practices between the two sectors. This has helped me to bridge the gap and provide the right direction to other leaders in schools by enabling, inspiring, supporting and motivating them to achieve their objectives.In September 2012 I was appointed as a Senior Leader Systems and Network and became a member of Senior Leadership Team. In my current role, I enjoy the responsibility of leading the strategic ICT vision and development, involving an effective management of school systems and ICT network, ensuring it is in line with the school’s development plan to aid learning.I also attained an industry standard qualification for project management called PRINCE2 (Foundation) certification. It has enabled me to use proven project management methodologies for successful and timely implementation. Over the last 8 years I have managed the transition of three major school management information systems (Serco CMIS, Follett ASPEN and Bromcom).In short, my professional qualifications & experience in the private & public sector has enabled me to apply successful strategies to bring about a positive change within schools to achieve the objectives.Recently, the greatest impact of my contribution is the reliable delivery of lessons using ICT in every department, as well as the excellent support structure that is now in place for issue-tracking, while saving thousands of pounds per annum for the school.