About Us

With over 16 years of experience (and more than 200 person years) working with schools and local authorities to bring you the safest and most secure online services available. Because we specialise in working in education and with local authorities, we understand the unique challenges you face and our combined procurement means we save you money, time and deliver improved benefits.

Our services

We offer advice and support to help you successfully deliver your school’s technology provision and teaching,  ensuring you are always up-to-date and because we work directly with you, you remain in control.

We also provide other organisations outside of the education sector, both commercial and non-commercial. Ask us how our fast and reliable broadband services can help your organisation.

Cost-effective, flexible and reliable business class broadband packages to  meet your current and future needs. We work with you to understand the bandwidth you need.
Intelligent address and content filtering defined at school, group or individual level. We work directly with you to manage your filtering and you remain in control of what is and isn’t filtered. 
We provide the latest guidance, training and conferences on all elements of e-safety for staff, governors and parents.
We deliver high quality training and conferences to keep you up-to-date with the latest in school technology and teaching. We offer training on computing, barefoot, Protex and using IT to support teaching and learning.
We can advise you on how best to procure new technology and how to get the best deal for your school.
We offer bespoke expert support on all aspects of school technology which is delivered in your school. 
Through E2BN, you can access your favourite software and services via the cloud and reduce the hassle of administering them. We work with our framework, Think IT, providers to offer you a complete managed service for all of your software and many peripherals such as printers and photocopiers.
All members have access to the Education Network’s (NEN) and E2BN’s extensive collection of online resources, including regional and subject specific websites and resources for reluctant writers. Pupils and teachers at member schools can upload their own content to share across E2BN.
Is It Me? is E2BN'ssimplified sign-on (SSO) service, allowing you sign-in via a web page on any device, at anytime, from anywhere.

History & Structure

E2BN formed in 1999, as a regional broadband consortium and has since evolved to support schools across the UK and overseas. We remain a not-for-profit organisation charity with a board of directors of local authority representatives. The board, and our wider steering group, ensures we remain focussed on our core purpose of supplying you with value for money quality services.
As a broadband customer, you automatically join the E2BN community and can access our member benefits. Your school is also a member if your broadband supplier is one of these authorities: Bedford Borough; Central Bedfordshire; Cambridgeshire; Luton; Peterborough; Southend-on-Sea; Suffolk and Thurrock or you are a maintained school or academy in Milton Keynes.

E2BN member benefits

Being a member of our community brings various benefits. Including the latest advice and guidance, free attendance to our annual conference and access to the NEN and E2BN online learning resources. We also give discounts on: web filtering; training and e-safety conference places - including e-safety training and discounts on Microsoft, Adobe and anti-virus software.

Our Team

Chris Kastel
Chris Kastel
 
Delivers the E2BN strategy, runs procurement, contract management and business improvement, NEN Vice Chair and LA liaison and manages the E2BN team. Chris is also a culinary creator, wine connoisseur, rambler, skier, Classic motorcyclist and avid canal boat enthusiast.
 
Philip Pearce
Philip Pearce
 
Strategic developer of regional network and services, prodigious financial planner, E2BN Protex developer and roadmap strategist. An artist, chicken fancier and public speaker, Philip aims to fully retire sometime.
 
Kathy Olsson
Kathy Olsson
 
Go-to person for online safety advice and CEOP Ambassador. E2BN learning resources expert, E2BN Journal aficionado and Readiness Assessment Audit trailblazer. A reluctant dog owner but keen walker, Kathy is also a curry fest host, inventor of the Donington 75 cocktail and home furnishing fanatic.
 
Simon
Simon Bright
 
Guru of all things technical, day-to-day management of technical installations, support and maintenance, E2BN Direct Broadband specification author and manager. When not overseeing the technical team he is a Samba drummer, architecture fan, traveller and driving simulation devotee.
 
Val Mogridge
Val Mogridge
 
Runs the finance system, billing and orders and is the key contact on things like Myths & Legends. She keeps the supplies in the office going and ensures the conference workshops and entertainment run smoothly. Owner of many dogs and parrots, she enjoys frequent sunny breaks and Formula 1 racing and rugby.
 
Angie Rogers
Angie Rogers
 
CRM manager, event organiser, support and sales expert, contact for Museum Box and supplier liaison. Angie runs the conference exhibition and liaises with companies. A keep fit fan, walker, glamorous Nanny and Christmas lover, she enjoys the odd glass of wine, sport and cooking.
 
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TOM SMITH
 
Supports IT, manages single sign-on and IsitMe? Website support techie and helps keep the office IT running, whilst configuring schools’ direct systems. Tom is a keen off-road motorcyclist, proud father and general techie nerd.
 
Sam
Sam Shinn
 
Supports E2BN Direct Broadband and is your contact to get things working if you ever have a problem. Sam loves the cinema, gaming and is a comic-con fan.
 
Paul Wyatt-Pike
Paul Wyatt-Pike
 
Expert in everything ThinkIT, delivers a multitude of ground-breaking solutions to academies and schools and Readiness Assessment Audit facilitator. Sailor, devoted father and fitness fanatic with a passion for real ale.
 
Clare Welsh
Clare Welsh
 
A new member of the team, working with us to develop our brand and increase the impact of our communications. Terrible accordion player, slightly better photographer and enthusiastic dog walker.
 
John Hackett
John Hackett
 
E2BN expert on fault finding and helps Philip on all things Protex, including development and design, as well as general network fault-finding and resolution. John is a Le Mans fan, TVR owner and professional musician.
 

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