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Who Are The Education Showroom And How Do We Help And Support Your School/MAT?

Our Mission & Ethos

At The Education Showroom we host industry-leading education focused online events for school/MAT Leaders to meet, explore and interact with world-class, proven and evidenced education solution providers in a relaxed and highly enjoyable online environment.

  • BONUS We donate £60 to your school/MAT for each & every event you attend with us! This is to help your school with essential supplies, school meals & resources etc.
  • BONUS We contribute 20% towards each & every purchase you make via suppliers you meet during our events, up to a value of £300!* View T’s & C’s 
  • BONUS Your free 1-to-1 or small group room(s) ensures the highest quality interactions with each education solution provider!
  • YES to personalised, themed, bespoke interactions focused on your specific school needs!
  • YES we are the only place school/MAT leaders need to go to explore world-class, proven education solution providers!
  • YES to saving hours of time spent researching and organising multiple lengthly meetings or demos!
  • YES to short, informative interactions, where you can choose the next steps at a time and pace that works for you!
  • YES to rigorous due diligence – you will only ever meet with world-class, trusted, proven, cost-effective education solution providers!
  • NO more lengthy and costly travelling to physical events!
  • NO need to navigate transport delays & strikes!
  • NO need for costly accommodation!
  • NO need to find supply cover or to take a full day out of school!
  • NO pushy, hard selling sales people!
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Our Understanding

We understand it is essential that you are fully equipped with the knowledge, facts and data to improve and optimise your setting(s) within a time frame and budget that works for you.

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Our Passion

Our passion is to provide the very best online event experience to each and every school/MAT Leader, ultimately enabling schools and MATs to continually innovate, optimise and enhance their organisation.

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Meet the team

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Catherine Belchamber

As Managing Director, Catherine is responsible for the day-to-day running of The Education Showroom including managing all enquiries, sales, marketing, customer service and hosting the showcases.

Catherine’s Background

After completing her BSc (Hons) Psychology and an MSc (Hons) in Education, Catherine knew she had a huge passion for education and for helping schools to operate efficiently and effectively but most importantly to help students reach their full potential.

Following this passion, Catherine worked as a teaching assistant in a Special Educational Needs College before starting her role at School Business Services where she was an Account Manager supporting schools with acquiring new financial forecasting software. Looking for the next step in her career, Catherine joined Applicaa, an Edtech start-up as a Regional Sales Manager spreading the word about their digital admissions software which saves schools significant amounts of time and money.

During her roles, Catherine has worked in partnership with several education supply companies including reseller agreements and marketing partnerships. From an early stage, it was clear to Catherine that the choice of suppliers, services and products on the market was huge, from literacy and numeracy suppliers through to metacognition, through to back office finance and operations systems.

There was no doubt that with senior leaders in schools becoming more strapped for time and with budgets becoming ever more challenging, schools were at risk of inefficient procurement and therefore inefficient spending.

This propelled Catherine’s passion for helping schools engage with the most effective products and solutions and to use their budget in the most effective and strategic way.

Marketing Manager

Jagoda Mizera

As Marketing Manager, Jagoda is responsible for implementing innovative marketing strategies and developing strong rapport with top industry-leading educational suppliers and connecting them with school and MAT leaders who are looking to optimise and enhance their organisation.

Jagoda’s Background

After obtaining her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and later earning an MSc in Applied Psychology and Economic Behaviour, Jagoda embarked on her professional journey with Applicaa, an EdTech start-up. In her role as a Sales Development Representative, she excelled in spreading the word about their cutting-edge admissions platform, empowering schools to streamline their processes and achieve significant cost savings.

During her tenure at Applicaa, Jagoda not only found her passion for education but also discovered her passion for marketing. She transitioned into the role of Marketing Executive, where she played a pivotal role in devising and executing digital and traditional marketing strategies. Her responsibilities encompassed everything from email and direct-mail campaigns to social media management, content creation, and video marketing.

With her proven expertise, she advanced to the role of Demand Generation Manager, taking the lead in orchestrating internal and external events, both virtual and in-person.

Driven by her passion for education as well as marketing and events, Jagoda couldn’t resist the opportunity to join The Education Showroom when it presented itself. Jagoda is motivated to find the top industry leading educational suppliers and connect them with school and MAT leaders who are looking to optimise and enhance their organisation.

School and MAT Partnerships Executive

Hollie Smith

As School and MAT Partnerships Executive, Hollie is responsible for building exceptional relationships with senior leaders across a wide range of educational settings, including nurseries, schools, MATs, and more. Hollie works closely with members of the SLT to help discover the services, products and solutions they need and to identify and organise appropriate events to suit their exact requirements.

Hollie’s Background

After earning a BA in History from the University of Bristol, Hollie pursued her childhood aspiration of becoming a Primary School Teacher. Hollie deeply valued her time working in the classroom and excelled in providing immersive, quality first-teaching opportunities for all her pupils.

Hollie’s career in the education industry is a testament to her versatility. From her role as an examiner to her work as an e-learning resource creator and in widening participation, she has gathered a wealth of insights from various perspectives, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the field.

Driven by a deep-rooted passion for education and technology, Hollie has developed an enthusiasm for the world of EdTech. She recognises technology’s transformative power to improve learner experience, outcomes, and engagement. This desire and understanding propelled her to eagerly embrace the opportunity to join The Education Showroom when it presented itself, enabling Hollie to work directly with multi-award winning, evidenced, best of breed education solution providers in addition to school and MAT leaders across the length and breadth of the country.

Hollie is dedicated to fostering relationships with individual school and MAT leaders who are motivated to improve, optimise and innovate their institutions by connecting them with the highest-quality, evidenced, proven, multi-award winning education solution providers who cater to their unique requirements.

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Matt Stringer

As CEO, Matt is responsible for the strategic vision, growth, expansion and continued success of The Education Showroom. Matt’s day to day responsibilities include exploring and designing future online showcases and spotlights for additional education sectors, including Nurseries, Early Years Settings, Colleges, Universities, British International Schools but also education settings globally from Australia to USA, to India and everywhere in between.

Matt’s Background

Matt has extensive experience within Education Technology and the education supply sector as a whole. Matt has helped and supported thousands of schools, academies, MATs, colleges and universities all around the world which involved living in number of different countries.

Matt has an unrivalled determination, desire and hunger for every learner at every level from every country to fulfil their potential and be the very best they can possibly be, empowered by world class, proven, evidenced education supply products, services and solutions.

Throughout Matt’s career he has managed some of the most exciting, innovative, multi-award winning global brands and brings this wealth of experience to The Education Showroom.

Events Director

Nick Marr

As Events Director, Nick is responsible for overseeing the School & MAT Partnerships team and understanding the needs and objectives of school, academy and MAT leaders. This includes helping senior leaders to identify suitable and appropriate online events to suit their exact requirements, aiding them to get the most value from our online events.

Nick’s Background

A graduate of Birmingham City University with a BMus (Hons) in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and a PGCE (Secondary with QTS) in Secondary Music Education, Nick pursued a career working as a Teacher of Music in Secondary schools across the East and West Midlands. 

This also included gaining experience working in SEND schools and alternative provisions as well as working as an examiner and moderator, giving Nick a more holistic view of how the education system worked across different sectors.

During his time working on the education front line, Nick developed an enthusiasm for e-Learning, discovering how the power of education-technology can greatly improve learners’ progress, attainment and enthusiasm.

When an opportunity presented itself to work for one of the country’s most established EdTech companies, Nick jumped at the opportunity, enjoying every moment and taking his knowledge and skills to a higher and wider level.

During this period, Nick enhanced relationships with hundreds of schools, academies and MATs, conducting training to members of staff, students and parents as well as dramatically improving usage and engagement of the platform.

Nick’s exceptional customer service skills enables him to work efficiently and effectively to learn and meet nursery, school, academy and MAT needs, consistently going above and beyond. Nick’s wealth of educational experience and skills enables him to be a highly effective senior leader here at The Education Showroom.

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