Drew Keavey

Drew is the founder and Managing Director of Ruby Duck.

Drew has spent 20 years in various IT management roles within the further education sector having started out writing and developing software for children with special needs.

Key Experience

Drew was been a senior manager within the FE sector for many years with involvement for not only the IT, MIS, Libraries and ILT functions but also as a key part of cross organisation projects.

Managed the transitional arrangements to ensure IT and business systems integration for three separate mergers including the first ever three way merger between FE colleges.  These projects included both the infrastructure/systems elements and also the staffing and budget aspects to ensure that the new merged entities were operating as a coherent organisation as quickly as possible.

Designed, procured and managed the implementation of the IT infrastructure for two new builds, including the £1.7 million IT element of the £50 million Roundhouse campus for Derby College.  Both new builds required infrastructure design from the ground up that would both innovate and allow for new ways of flexible working while being able to support the changing needs of the organisation for at least 5 years.  Both projects were also delivered on time and within the budget.

Drew has spent time working in both the NHS and Academy sectors in roles including managing the IT transition from outsourced providers and managing the procurement of managed IT services solutions from design to implementation.

Drew has also developed policies and procedures for several organisations including overall IT Strategies with associated action plans, acceptable use policies, social networking policies, security policies and disaster management policies and procedures.

Drew has also worked both regionally and nationally as part of several groups including;

  • Founding Chair of the East Midlands Further Education Heads of IT Group
  • Member of the National Association of Colleges IT Group
  • Member of the BECTA Stakeholder Advisory Group
  • Member of the East Midlands MAN (JANET) management group
  • Member of the AoC/JANET Liaison Group

A more complete CV can be found here.