mats summit 2018

10 - 12 October 2018
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Day one

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

Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association

10:30 – 10:50

90% of MATs recognise the importance of making data-driven decisions but over 40% don’t feel they have the tools to support them. Hear how insightful data analytics is helping trusts on the path to increased efficiencies and improved outcomes.

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 Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association


Practical tips for business growth

Appropriate for all schools

15:05 – 15:15
15:15 – 15:55


Centralising finance

Top tips to ensure consistency in reporting and forecasting

Stephen Morales, Chief Executive, ISBL 


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


Staff retention

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, Inspire and Discovery Academies


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