mats summit 2018

10 - 12 October 2018
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Day one

09.40 – 10:50
  • Putting into practice the ESFA Financial Handbook directives on governance structures
  • Identifying governance structures that encourage collaboration and communication
  • Adopting governance models that are flexible and scalable
  • Building successful relationships between trusts and schools

Tiffany Beck, Senior Governance Advisor, REAch2 Academy Trust, National Leader of Governance, Chair of Trustees, Maritime Academy Trust

Mark Blois, Partner, Browne Jacobson

David Hermitt, Chief Executive, Congleton MAT

Paul Hill, Chief Financial Officer, Learning in Harmony Trust

Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association

10:50 – 11:00
11:30 - 12:15


Structures for growth

What does a adaptable, scalable governance look like? A closer look at structures being used in successful trusts across and a case study from a MAT

Mark Blois, Partner, Browne Jacobson

Nick MacKenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson


Governance self-review

Is your governance structure fit for purpose? Key criteria to consider when reviewing the governance of your MAT


Trust and LGB relationship

Case study: how we are working to ensure accountability at school level and enable local participation in decision making

Paul Hill, CFO, Learning in Harmony Trust

14:35 – 15:05
  • How do you manage the delivery of an SI model whilst evaluating its effectiveness?
  • What criteria do the DfE require for growth versus consolidation?
  • How are hub models being used and how successful are they?

Neil Carmichael, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham and Senior Adviser, PLMR

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner, South East and South London

Phil Harrison, Chief Operating Officer, Shaw Education Trust

15:05 – 15:15
15:15 – 15:55


Centralising finance

Top tips to ensure consistency in reporting and forecasting


Managing multiple schools

Practical strategies to ensure a strong relationship between the central team and individual schools

Phil Harrison, Chief Operating Officer, Shaw Education Trust


Managing staff ratios

Understand deployment ratios across multiple sites and explore curriculum-based financial planning


Centralising policies

Ensure your policies effectively incorporate all schools and are being correctly used at local level

15:55 – 16:20
16:20 – 17:00


Practical tips for business growth

Appropriate for all schools

Hear what leaders of non-school enterprises do in order to push forward growth in their businesses


Successful growth as a MAT

MAT size: 1-10 schools

Lessons learned from growing from a small to a medium-sized MAT


Successful growth as MAT

MAT size: 10+ schools

Lessons learned from from being a MAT at scale

17:00 - 19:00
19:00 – 19:45