About changing education not just a software provider

“As the UK`s largest EBP delivering a range of employer brokerage services, combined with Connect, a global, market-leading work placement, and careers management platform, our clients can benefit from a single solution for all their delivery and software needs.”

Matthew Hodgkinson, Director.



CONNECT is revolutionising the work experience process. Powered by Changing Education, CONNECT has been designed by teachers and refined by technical experts over the past 10 years, to deliver the optimum work experience digital platform for schools and colleges. Former teachers ourselves, we understand the frustrations of traditional time-consuming approaches to work experience. CONNECT brings efficiency, budget savings, quality of placements and rich evidence for OFSTED reporting and audit trails.

How we help

Our background in education means that we genuinely care for student outcomes during the work experience process. We ensure that work experience placements suit the individual, are meaningful to their development and that students are safe and secure in the workplace.

We don’t take a one-size-fits-all attitude. Working closely with schools and colleges, we take the time to understand your unique challenges and ways of working. This enables us to make informed recommendations based on our knowledge of the education landscape and software know-how.

In the past year, CONNECT has successfully supported over 100,000 placements from our very own extensive database of over 72,000 current employers.

Our team

Team Member


Director & Co-Founder

Matthew is a director and co-founder of Changing Education. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up-to-date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

Team Member


Director and co-founder

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a director and co-founder of Changing Education. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!

Team Member

Roman Dibden

Head of Strategic Development & Innovation

Head of Schools engagement & new initiatives
Roman is responsible for developing links with schools across the U.K. Supporting them to drive
efficiencies and deliver the best possible outcomes for our next generation of talent.

Roman has received three business awards for: young businessperson of the year, talent and recruitment professional of the year and rising star of the year.

Roman is striving to create a culture of vocational learning and to provide the best outcomes for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Team Member

Matt Mellor

Strategic Partnership & Innovation Manager

Matt is the New General Manager for Changing Education, He has recently joined the company and brings a wealth of experience of over 10 years working in the education sector. He has a proven track record supporting and developing teams and organisations across the North West area. He has a real passion for supporting young people to make a difference within the wider community. Matt has exceptional relationship management experience and ability to work effectively with a range of high-level stakeholders. A leadership professional who is ambitious and tenacious.

Outside of work, Matt loves to spend quality time with his young son and wife. He is a keen traveller, enjoys attending live music events, fine food and watching his beloved Manchester City.

Team Member

Harry Bailey

Lead Tech

Leading the development of our Connect software, Harry has been supporting the digital product aspects of Changing Education for over a decade.

A large amount of Harry’s time is spent prioriti
sing and helping to understand and define new features for our mobile and web products.

Outside Changing Education, Harry supports social enterprises doing good, and likes to spend as much time as possible on his growing collection of bikes.

Team Member

Jamie Sutherland


Jamie is our Software Developer and he changes the CONNECT software to either make it work better or to add functionality. Jamie manages the support desk, answering queries and performing imports, along with the odd bit of integration work for customers initial set up. With a background mainly in IT, Jamie spent the last 10 years working for NSCG in various roles including e-learning, MIS, quality and even a little teaching. In him spare time Jamie is generally as far from a computer as possible, he likes to hike and run regularly and tries to leave Britain at every opportunity.

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