mats summit 2018

10 - 12 October 2018
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Day one

14:15 - 14:35
09.50 – 10:30
  • 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

Sam Henson, Head of Information, National Governance Association

10:30 – 10:50

In this session, Lucy Evans, CCO at Frog Education will share her experiences of working with Multi Academy trusts. She will be bringing to life stories of co-constructed curriculum, centralised resources and services and sharing of exemplar materials all leading to reduced teacher workload, greater visibility and governance across the trusts that she works with.

Gareth Davies, MD, will be discussing the Frog Community and how we work with schools to create free applications that all schools can benefit from.

With sharing at the core, Frog offers schools the ability to build centralised systems or take advantage of their service whereby if they create a resource for you, it gets shared with everyone in the Frog family.

Gareth Davies, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Frog Education

10:50 – 11:00
11:30 - 12:15


Structures for growth

What does an 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


Governance self-review

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

Emma Balchin, Director of Training and Consultancy, NGA 

Sam Henson,Head of Information, NGA 


Practical tips for business growth

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

Appropriate for all schools

Bill Devitt, Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP 

Grant Norris, Associate Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP 

15:05 – 15:15
15:15 – 15:55


Centralising finance

Top tips to ensure consistency in reporting and forecasting

Stephen Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer, Spencer Academies Trust 


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

Julie Yarwood, Director of Education Quality, Shaw Education Trust


Staff retention

Understand deployment ratios across multiple sites and explore curriculum-based financial planning strategies, to become an employer of choice and invest in quality professional development

David Weston, Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust


Centralising policies

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

Naseem Nabi, Partner, VWV

Yvonne Spencer, Partner, VWV

15:55 – 16:20
16:20 – 17:00


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

Jennifer Naish, Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance, Learning in Harmony Trust


Successful growth as a MAT

MAT size: 1-10 schools

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

Karen Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Victorious Academies Trust


Successful growth as MAT

MAT size: 10+ schools

Lessons learned from from being a MAT at scale

Carol Dewhurst, Chief Executive Officer, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust


17:00 - 19:00
19:00 – 19:45