What seminars and speakers can we expect?

Seminars are expert-led and address the pressing matters impacting the education sector and school business management. Sessions cover finance, funding and income generation, marketing, premises, management and all the acronyms – CPD, HR, ICT, GDPR…Plus, we’ve added an academy stream.

Speakers include practicing business managers, finance and trust directors, CEOs, CFOs, independent consultants...all sector experts and all on-hand to ensure that you have access to the information that you need.

Seminar topics are subject to change. Visit the site regularly to keep up-to-date with the latest.

The Big Debate: Rethinking school business management

More autonomy, increased responsibility, higher demand, greater expectations, changing support mechanisms, decreasing funding, spiralling on-costs and centralisation by growing MATs; effective school business management for the future may require us to rethink current approaches and develop models and frameworks more suited to evolving operational structures.

This panel discussion – chaired by Matthew Clements-Wheeler – seeks to unpick the current educational landscape and explore future possibilities by rethinking school business management.

Effective financial management of your premises

Matthew Schopp. sales support manager and Theo Williams, external sales consultant, of Parago Software
Manchester & London

Effective staff recruitment and retention

Rhys Howells, business development director, eTeach
Manchester & London

Leadership: developing a ‘coaching culture’

Andrew Blench, school business management consultant, School Business Partner

Schools' Buying Strategy

Catherine Kelsall and Simeon Cornelius, network development leads within the DfE's Schools Commercial Team

Unlocking additional funding, realising your fundraising potential

Dr Rachel Gordon, funding consultant, head of School Funding Service

Overcoming financial pressures and budgetary uncertainty

Paul Leigh, CFO, Focus Trust 
Manchester & London

Demonstrating impact and gaining recognition as an SBM

Laura Williams, education business and operations consultant at LJ Business Consultancy Ltd.
Manchester & London

A collaborative force to be reckoned

Louise Hatswell, finance director and business manager
Chair/founder of SYSBL


Understanding GDPR

Chris Billington and Sue King
partners at Wrigleys Solicitors


The challenges of academy conversion

Vickie Keeling, trust director, United Endeavour Trust

Pupils at a premium – do the right thing; show that you're doing it

Neil Clephan OBE, school improvement director for the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance and Trust
Manchester & London

Marketing your school and crafting an effective value proposition

Justin Smith, Chameleon Training and Consultancy
Manchester & London

Measuring and increasing staff wellbeing

Maggie Hurd, regional development consultant, Education Support Partnership

Blue Ocean strategy for MAT leadership

Stephen Mitchell
chief operating officer
The Mowbray Education Trust

Manchester & London

Tackling underperformance in ICT

Phil Cartwright, services architect, RM Education
Manchester & London