Sunesis targets huge growth with new appointment

Sunesis is targeting a £100 million pipeline of orders within three years for its pre-designed educational solutions following the appointment of Bedford Borough Council’s head of school infrastructure and partnerships, Fran Cox, as its new operations director.

Fran Cox joins Sunesis, jointly owned by Willmott Dixon and Scape Group, in the newly created senior-level role to oversee ambitious growth plans, as increasing numbers of local authorities and private developers use the solution as a fast, efficient and cost effective way to meet their urgent need to provide extra school places.

Tim Carey, Willmott Dixon’s national product director, said: “Fran’s arrival is an important next stage of our growth as an established provider of new schools. Her experience at Bedford Borough Council will give us the quantum leap to roll out Sunesis to even more customers, supported by our new ability to licence the system for other contractors to build.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive added: “Fran’s experience in commissioning new schools provides a real depth of insight into the needs of local authorities and the issues they face. The country has a very significant school building challenge ahead, with over 2,000 new schools needed in the next few years, and Fran will help Sunesis to play a vital role in filling the gap in school places nationally.”