mats summit 2018

10 - 12 October 2018
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Speakers

Following graduating from Liverpool University Medical School in 2005, Libby gained her Certificate in Completion of Training (CCT) in Forensic Psychiatry in 2014. Throughout her medical training and position as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Libby has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of different settings with this more recently being focused within secure hospitals and the prison system. Libby has maintained a longstanding interest in medical education and has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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Emma leads and manages all of NGAs training and consultancy services including; bespoke support for boards and partner organisations, such as Local Authorities, external reviews of governance, e-learning and face to face training, DfE funded development programmes for schools and academies, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. She is a National Leader of Governance and has significant experience in maintained and academy governance, as well as serving as an IEB member and mentoring others.

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Karen was appointed to the post of Executive Principal for Inspire and Discovery Academies in Tameside in April 2015.  Karen is an experienced Headteacher with a proven track record of school improvement. Following recommendation from an Ofsted Lead Inspector Karen has taken part in discussions with Ministers and the Chair of Ofsted regarding the way forward for improved practice for early years’ pupils.

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Tiffany is co-founder and Chair of Trustees of Maritime Academy Trust and a National Leader of Governance. She is Senior Governance Advisor for REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary trust in the country. She was previously Chair of Governors at Millennium, leading the board to an outstanding Ofsted.

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Mark heads up the Education team at Browne Jacobson and has more than twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Council of the Learning and Skills Council, as a Director of the National Governance' Association and on the Board of a 157 Group FE College. Mark is currently the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a large multi-academy trust in the Midlands and is also a long-standing Teach First mentor.

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Neil Carmichael, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham, is Senior Adviser, PLMR, providing strategic advice and support across all sectors; Chief Education Consultant at Christine Lee & Co (solicitors); and, Senior Adviser at Wild Search. Neil is also Chair of the Board of FESTOMANE (Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering); Trustee, Sir Heinz Koeppler Trust – Wilton Park, promoting international peace and security; and, a member of the Advisory Board of the D Group, strategic advice, and international network. He is now a Trustee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.

Neil was Member of Parliament for Stroud (2010-17), serving on the Education Select Committee throughout the period and latterly as Chair. He established the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on School Leadership and Governance, Chair of Vascular Disease APPG, producing influential reports on clinical methods and took the Antarctic Act 2013 through Parliament. Neil was Chair of the Conservative Group for Europe and is Director of Modern Europe.

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When Gareth Davies co-founded Frog Education over 20 years ago, the vision was to empower teachers to be able to educate every child - as if they’re the only child. In his capacity as Managing Director of Frog Education, Gareth works proactively with hundreds of schools and MATs. His previous experience as a member of a Multi-Academy Trust and school governor has provided him with great insight into the world of education and he’s still a trustee of a couple of MATs.

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Anita believes in the 'joy of learning'. She is an education consultant, policy developer, change strategist and trainer with international teaching/leadership experience from early years to posgraduate. Her expertise is in learning, SEND and Inclusion & Disability. Anita has worked previously as a senior leader, SENCO, SEN advisory teacher and SEN school improvement advisor. In effect, she brings case-specific, as well as whole-school and strategic expertise to the dialogue. Currently, Anita is a doctoral student in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University.

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Bill has been auditing and advising Schools and charities for over twenty years. During that time he has audited over 100 such entities, and now heads up the Schools and Academies sector for the firm.  Bill acts for a wide range of academy trusts from small, growing MATs, to large established multi-academy trusts, and also has experience of trusts going through the process to be wound up and dissolved.

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Carol has been Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust since April 2014 overseeing the Trust growth from a three school MAT to Trust of 18 schools, educating more than 8,500 pupils and with a budget of over £54 million by the end of 2018. Carol’s work for BDAT also enables her to support a number of regional and national initiatives, including advising the Diocese of Leeds on their academy strategy and participating in the DfE West Yorkshire Strategic Partnership on collaborative working across education in the region.

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Stuart is a well-qualified, experienced education practitioner recognised for his outstanding leadership by Ofsted. Stuart has demonstrated outstanding educational leadership in a variety of contexts. Stuart is passionate about cognition and the use of the understanding of cognitive processes to enhance teaching and learning, his dissertation on the use of Memory Skills to improve student outcomes has been published by the University of Kent.

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Sam’s role includes managing and developing the NGA online Guidance Centre - the information hub for governors, quality assuring guidance and advice covering all aspects of school governance, whilst also developing resources for members. In addition to this, Sam contributes guidance features to the NGA magazine. Sam's policy areas include the structure of multi academy trusts and schemes of delegation.

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David is the founding chief executive of Cmat, which is a small MAT based in Cheshire. The MAT serves 1600 children aged 3-18 by running a secondary school and two of its feeder primary schools. David is chair of the Cheshire East Schools' forum and a trustee of the Chimney House Teaching School Alliance. For many years David has also been active in supporting, mentoring and coaching senior leaders, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Dominic Herrington took over the role as Acting National Schools Commissioner on 3 September 2018

He has also been the Regional Schools Commissioner for South East South London region since 1 July 2014.

Before this appointment Dominic was Director of the Academies Group at the Department for Education. Earlier in his career he has:

  • Led on a range of policies and programmes at the Department for Education including specialist schools, school improvement, 14 to 19 reform and education legislation;
  • Been on secondment to a management consultancy;
  • Worked at Warwick and Birmingham Universities.

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Paul is the CFO of Learning in Harmony Trust, which has grown from 2 Academies to 8 during the 3 years he has been there. The MAT Central function has developed over that time to include a specialist Head of Governance as well as other key roles.

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Emma Hollis is Executive Director of the National Association for School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), which champions school-led teacher training and development. Emma, who was previously a Trustee at NASBTT for 18 months alongside her roles as Head of Educational Strategy at the Inspiring Futures Through Learning multi-academy trust and Head of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, formally took up her new role on 1st September 2017.

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Ambition School Leadership is a national charity working for a fair society built on an education system where every child can thrive, no matter what their background.  We provide world-class leadership development and technical training to educators across England and Wales – from teachers aspiring to lead their department to CEOs steering multiple schools, and all the crucial leadership roles in between. Ambition School Leadership will soon merge with the Institute for Teaching to form a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. Together we will have an even bigger impact on the lives of children from low-income backgrounds. 

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Alison is an experienced headteacher with a demonstrated history of high attainment working within the education management industry.  She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges.

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Laura McInerney is an education journalist for Schools Week and the Guardian. She is now a columnist for Schools Week but was formerly the editor for 3 years. She also co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of teachers’ lives, and was once taken to court by Michael Gove for asking difficult questions.

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Stephen is the Chief Operating Officer of Spencer Academies Trust, with 16 schools, across both primary and secondary with a budget of £90m.  His MBA focussed on improving the quality of management in schools, identifying 5 key traits which lead to success. He has delivered training programmes for the UN, EU and World Bank in 17 counties.

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Stephen was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Institute of School Business Management.  Stephen has a 20 year career history in operations and finance and has worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. Stephen is committed to ensuring ISBL remains relevant and at the forefront of the profession by leading the association in a direction that will provide better services and offerings.

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Jo Morgan is the Chief Executive of Shaw Education Trust. As a National Leader of Education, Jo worked extensively in a strategic role in the Greater Manchester Challenge. A proven systems leader, Jo has supported a large number of schools to accelerate improvement. Jo has delivered programmes for the National College, worked with a Local Authority and provided advice to the DfE. 

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With over 15 years experience of the education sector, Naseem is well placed to advise you on all aspects of employment law.  Naseem predominately advises independent schools and academies.  She has particular expertise in acquisitions & mergers and associated TUPE issues, restructuring and redundancy. Naseem is well versed in tackling sensitive staffing and incident management issues in a pragmatic and commercial way.

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Jennifer has worked as a senior leader in the voluntary and public sector for 15 years.  Working in roles focusing on organisational strategy, governance and business and risk management.  She also has experience as a charity trustee and a chair of governors for a large primary school in Essex.  More recently Jennifer has joined the Learning in Harmony Trust as head of people, governance, risk and compliance and is drawing upon her considerable previous experience outside of the education sector to help develop the trust as it grows.

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Gareth has worked with academy trusts since type two academies began converting under the Academies Act 2010, supporting and advising academy clients at all stages of their cycle, from new converters to large established MATs.  Gareth supports the national technical team with respect to the academies sector and also represents the firm on the ESFA’s auditor forum.

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Nick is co-founder and Chief Executive of Maritime Academy Trust and a National Leader of Education. Nick achieves rapid and sustained progress across the schools he leads, with some currently in the top 3% nationally for progress. He is passionate about using an entrepreneurial, creative curriculum and the power of collaboration to transform schools.

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Sarah has worked in the private, public and third sector leading, managing and delivering educational projects for 30 years. After sales and marketing management for an educational supply company, she worked in marketing for Age UK. During 14 years at the DfE’s National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), she held various roles in the Research, Policy and Programmes teams. Including leading the DfE Governor and Clerking training programmes, and the National Leader of Governance role. Sarah has worked in consultancy at FASNA, Birmingham Education Partnership and the Spencer Academy Trust. In 2016 she joined ISBM (previously NASBM) as their Professional Development Specialist, developing programmes for school business professionals; apprenticeships, training, qualifications, clerking and School Efficiency Advisers.

Neil has recently joined Ofsted as Principal Officer, schools, from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, where he ran annual inspections both of police leadership and of police efficiency, before later being the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Prior to HMICFRS Neil spent around a decade in various policy roles in the Home Office, including the introduction of police and crime commissioners and the creation of the national Police ICT company.

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David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group. He is an author, school governor and a former secondary maths and physics teacher.

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Julie joined the Trust from Ofsted where she was Her Majesty’s Inspector and National Lead for Modern Foreign Languages. Julie has extensive inspection experience of all phases, all sectors (including independent) and has been part of a team dedicated to quality assurance within the Inspectorate. Prior to joining Ofsted, Julie was a highly successful secondary headteacher in an outstanding school.

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