Growing and Developing a Trust - London - Programme

Tuesday 15 Mar 2022
ILEC Conference Centre, London

Registration, refreshments and networking (09:00)

Welcome from Optimus Education (09:35)

Chair's introduction and welcome (09:40)

Nick MacKenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

The landscape for school trusts (09:50)

Gain valuable insight into the outlook for trusts looking to grow in the face of recent challenges

Facing adversity? (10:20)

Benefit from examples of Trusts needing intervention and hear the lessons growing Trusts can learn from these experiences

Lee Miller, Deputy CEO, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Questions and answers (11:10)


Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (11:20 - 11:55)


Workshop choices (11:55 - 12:45)

1A. Make your MAT stand out in a competitive region

Ensure your Trust stands out in your community with useful tools and techniques to increase your visibility

1B. Evidence good practice

Establish systems across your Trust that evidence your accountability and progress with ease

1C. Strands of success

Understand key themes which run through successful Trusts and gain strategies to ensure you're on the right path

Stephen Mitchell, CEO, Keystone Knowledge
Matthew Clements-Wheeler, Education Leadership Consultant, Keystone Knowledge


Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:45 - 13:35)


What am I not thinking of? (13:35)

Benefit from strategic and innovative approaches to growth that have proven successful for other Trusts

Matthew Crawford, CEO, Embark Federation

Panel discussion: Which centralised financial process works for your MAT? (14:05)

Learn from techniques which have worked for other Trusts to determine the best fit and timing for your growth plan

Tommy Cullen,  Chief Operating Officer, The Stour Academy Trust

Lee Miller, Deputy CEO, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Simon Smith, CFOO, Arthur Terry Learning Partnership


Workshop choices (14:30 - 15:20)

2A. Link due diligence to risk management

See how a growing Trust has developed a risk management strategy to best monitor and manage any risks identified when schools join the board

Lee Miller, Deputy CEO, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

2B. Build an effective growth strategy

Understand what should be in your 5-year plan for growth and the tipping points you might face along the way

Charlotte Antoniou, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

2C. Establish your Trust culture

Benefit from techniques other MATs have employed to create and implement an ethos that works trust-wide

Dr John Wm Stephens CBE, CEO, Bright Futures Educational Trust


Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (15:20 - 15:40)


Workshop choices (15:40 - 16:30)

3A. Buying smarter

Ensure your procurement process understands the market and works efficiently for your MAT's benefit

Lorraine Ashover, Director, Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Ltd.

3B. Financial management and centralisation

Discover the benefits of centralised financial management and gain tools to embed the process that's right for your Trust

Tommy Cullen,  Chief Operating Officer, The Stour Academy Trust

3C. Harmonisation and workforce engagement

Establish strong lines of communication throughout your Trust that will lead to effective management

Simon Smith, CFOO, Arthur Terry Learning Partnership


Conference closes at 16:30