The nuclear family; centralisation of core services to eradicate inefficiencies

Vickie Keeling, trust director, United Endeavour Trust

When it comes to schools and academies there’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ solution. However, given the significant time and cost savings that can be realised through the centralisation of core services – such as finance and HR – it’s no surprise that collaborative working structures, such as MATs, are pooling resources. In this session Vickie explores what moving to a centralised system entails and how can you ensure that you eradicate inefficiencies and ensure greater consistency.

Take home points:
  • How a relatively small MAT (three secondary schools) moved to fully-centralised core services for finance, HR, H&S, estates, data, IT, careers and guidance, community lettings and governance
  • Approaches and processes which will ensure schools within centralised service MATs are fully-integrated and that every transaction is linked to student outcomes
This session is for:
Anyone considering centralising core services and/or pooling resources.

Qualified to Association of Accounting Technician (AAT), Vickie’s career started in the construction industry where she was employed as company accountant for 10 years. Her career path diverted to schools in 2006 and, through promotion, she took up her current post of trust director in April 2016.