Education & Skills Improvement Service team

The team

Education & Skills Improvement Service is managed by a team with enviable experience in the education sector.

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith

Managing director

Elaine has been in the education sector her entire working life in both schools and colleges. Two-thirds of her career has been spent in further education – within colleges rated from good to outstanding – and she remains within the sector as a highly active governor of an independent learning provider. Her expertise is in quality improvement – both for providers and their curricula. Elaine has developed a reputation within the sector for delivering positive change and getting things done. She is a founder-owner of ESIS, a company established to help education providers to benefit from her, and her team’s, expertise.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Operations director

Kevin is a long-serving practitioner who established ESIS to bring back to the sector hard-won experience and knowledge. Kevin has a proven track record in helping education providers to resolve challenging issues. When employed within the sector, he started as a teacher, progressed to become a senior leader and was finally a college principal. As operations director, Kevin orchestrates the logistics of the ESIS business – but also directly helps clients with quality, leadership and management challenges. Kevin is also a founder-owner of ESIS.



Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones

Operations manager

Ruth manages the ESIS office, including handling all of the resource scheduling. Ruth worked in further and higher education for over thirty years – experience that helps her manage a busy role efficiently. Ruth is the key day-to-day contact for customers, consultants and advisors.


Corinne Roberts

Corinne Roberts

Accounts and administration

Also with a long background in further education, a career lasting over twenty-five years, Corinne is responsible for ESIS’s administration, finance and communications.


Over 150 consultants nationwide

Over 150 consultants nationwide

Skilled people across the UK

Our improvement advisors work right across the UK within all types and sizes of education provider. ESIS has built a team with a wide skill set, all of whom are highly experienced within the education sector – indeed, most have been managers or senior leaders. We work hard to match improvement advisors to each role – not just the skills required, but also the culture of the organisations – to achieve the best possible fit. We’re always actively growing our team and are able to respond quickly to challenges both large and small.