Growing and Developing a Trust - London - Programme

Wednesday 22 Mar 2023
ILEC Conference Centre, London

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)

Hugh Greenway, CEO, Elliot Foundation

Sustainable growth (09:25)

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

Hugh Greenway, CEO, Elliot Foundation

Centralised systems (09:50)

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

Lee Mason-Ellis, CEO, The Pioneer Academy
Anne Slade, COO, The Pioneer Academy

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.

Helen Turner, CFO, Shaw Education Trust

1B. Expand your central team

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

Hayley Porter-Aslet, Interim Business Manager, Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School

1C. Improve your infrastructure

Use strong processes to tackle trust-wide challenges of scale and budget.

Ed Butcher, Co-founder, Habitude

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: Charlotte Antoniou, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Workshop choices (13:40 – 14:30)

2A. Recruitment and retention

Gain techniques to entice and retain valuable staff members as you grow.

Androulla Nicou, CEO, Connect Education Trust

Tijen Hassan, Headteacher, Grange Park Primary School

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, Director, Glove Consultancy

3B. Ensuring good governance

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

Charlotte Antoniou, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP
Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services, 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