Driving an Efficient and Sustainable Trust - Manchester - Programme

Wednesday 21 Jun 2023
The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

Build a stronger trust that operates efficiently with robust processes to benefit your community for the long term.


Registration, refreshments and networking (08:30)

Welcome and housekeeping (09:15)

Chair's introduction and welcome (09:20)

Nick MacKenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP 

Lessons from growth (09:35)

Hear about the pitfalls and successes from growing at pace.

Anita Bath, Chief Executive, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust 

Dave Douglass, Chief Operations Officer, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust

Staff wellbeing (10:05)

Practical concepts that you can apply to support your staff’s wellbeing.

Lisa Fathers, Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs, Bright Futures Educational Trust

Facilitated Dicussion, Questions and Answers (10:35)

Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (11:00 – 11:40)

Workshop choices (11:40 – 12:30)

1A. Research-based tools to aid schools on their improvement journey

Practical tools, based on international research, that support school and governance improvement and headteacher development.

Dr Sladana Krstic, Head of Research, ACER UK

1B. Mergers

Manage mergers and takeovers whilst protecting your current cohort.

Garry Ratcliffe, CEO, Golden Thread Alliance

1C. Getting your MAT in shape for the future

Key HR tips to ensure operational effectiveness of your people strategy in a growing MAT.

Eleanor Drabble, HR consultant, Browne Jacobson LLP

Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:30 – 13:20)

Workshop choices (13:20 – 14:10)

2A. Greener choices

Gain key insights into creating a more sustainable trust.

Paul Edmond, Chief Finance Officer, HEART Academies Trust 

2B. Marketing

Increase the appeal of your trust, to boost your recruitment of staff and schools.

Ryan Green, CEO and founder, Eduprise

2C. School Improvement

Develop a strategy to steadily improve academic and personal outcomes of your students.

Owen Carter, Co-Founder and Managing Director, ImpactEd

Michele Marr, CEO, Castle Phoenix Trust

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (14:10 – 14:30)

Workshop choices (14:30 – 15:20)

3A. Estates

Explore centralised estate management and take control of maintenance and improvement.

Robert Gould FRICS, Partner, Barker

3B. Onboarding a RI school

Hear from a trust that has recently taken on a school that requires improvement.

Mark Cole, CEO, Rise Multi Academy Trust

Dave Ellison-Lee, Director of Education, Rise Multi Academy Trust

3C. Recruitment and retention strategies for DEI 

How to implement inclusive strategies for recruiting and retaining staff.

Shonagh Reid, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Leading successful teams (15:25)

Inspire and support your team to strive for the best.

Tim McCarthy, Expert Consultant in School Improvement and Leadership

Final remarks and your next steps (15:55)

Nick MacKenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Conference closes at 16:00