Growing and Developing a Trust - Manchester - Programme

Wednesday 8 Mar 2023
Ethiad Stadium, Manchester

Grow your MAT with a sustainable model that aligns with your trust’s ethos.


Registration, refreshments and networking (08:30)

Welcome and housekeeping (09:15)

Chair's introduction and welcome (09:20)

Karen Burns, CEO, Victorious Academies Trust

Sustainable growth (09:25)

Ensure that your trust reaches its potential with minimum risk, whilst taking the opportunities that arise.

Karen Burns, CEO, Victorious Academies Trust

Evolving as a Trust: Centralised systems (09:50)

Understand the benefits of internalised systems to improve quality and efficiency throughout your trust.

John Murphy, CEO, Oasis Community Learning

Trust communication and culture (10:15)

Create and share engaging content to enhance your trust culture and unify your communication strategy.

Daniel Oakes, Headteacher, St. Bartholomew’s Primary Academy

Questions and answers (10:35)

Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (10:45 – 11:25)

Workshop choices (11:25 – 12:15)

1A. Balance your budget

Embed efficiencies in your trust to future-proof your trust’s finances.

Steve Howell, CFO, Red Kite Learning Trust

1B. Expand your central team

Grow your trust-wide staff roles to save money and ensure consistency.

Karen Burns, CEO, Victorious Academies Trust

1C. Absence Management

Minimise employee absences and ensure you save money and time on preventable issues.

Jackie Salvidge, CEO, Innovate Healthcare
Abby Turk, Account Manager, Innovate Healthcare

Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:15 – 13:05)

Panel discussion: Growth models (13:05)

Learn the benefits and disadvantages of competing models so you can set out your 5-year growth plan with confidence.

Chair: Tom Briant-Evans, Senior Associate, Browne Jacobson LLP
Karen Bramwell, CEO, Forward as One Academy Trust
Paul Stone, CEO, Discovery Schools Academy Trust

Workshop choices (13:40 – 14:30)

2A. Retention

Gain techniques to retain valuable staff members as you grow.

Liz Anderson, CEO, Djanogly Learning Trust

2B. Making an approach

Benefit from lessons learned by trusts who have successfully approached and integrated other schools.

Paul Stone, CEO, Discovery Schools Academy Trust

2C. Energy efficiencies and net zero

Take away strategies to lead on sustainability in your MAT.

John Barneby, Accounting Officer and COO, Oasis Community Learning

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (14:30 – 14:50)

Workshop choices (14:50 – 15:40)

3A. Create a distinctive culture

Identify tangible changes you can make across your trust and define your ethos.

John Brennan, Managing Director, Glove Consulting

3B. Ensuring good governance

Manage the relationship between the board and executive to ensure productive outcomes.

Tom Briant-Evans, Senior Associate, Browne Jacobson LLP

3C. Onboarding academies 

As you grow, effectively embed your systems and processes across new schools and academies.

Anna Upton, Deputy Trust Leader, EMBARK Federation

Lessons from the business sector (15:40)

Benefit from key takeaways that have proven successful in business, that can be applied to developing your growth model.

Paul Cook, Managing Director, Homes2Inspire

Conference closes at 16:15