ASCL Conference for Business Leaders 2017

08:00 - 17:00, 16 May 2017 Birmingham Book now

What does the future hold for us as a profession?

This is a question frequently posed by school business leaders; the increase in and ongoing growth of multi-academy trusts (MATs) is re-engineering leadership in education in a way we’ve not seen before. 

We have executive leadership boards incorporating new roles and titles such as Executive Head, CEO, COO, and CFO.

Notwithstanding these developments, the thread of ethical leadership that continues to bind us all is the desire to ensure that children and young people have the best possible opportunity to access the education they need to set them off on their journey for life.

What are the implications for school business leaders? 

Our conference theme, Next Generation Business Leadership, looks at developing our thinking about what the next generation business leader will look like.

We need to be more focused around succession planning, and take stock of the skills and competencies we need to prepare us for our new roles in the sector. 

The weight of the financial challenges creates a burden many are struggling to carry, and we need to share strategies which might support colleagues in finding the best solutions for their schools and colleges.

ASCL Conference for Business Leaders is a day out of school giving you time to reflect on how the role continues to evolve, and where you see yourselves in this brave new world.

Hear the latest news and information from a range of keynote speakers and government ministers. You will also hear from Geoff Barton, ASCL’s General Secretary, who will address the conference for the first time.  He will share his views on how the profession is evolving and the pivotal role school business leaders play in shaping the sector for the future.

ASCL Conference for Business Leaders will also provide opportunities to access CPD to hone your own skills in a wide-ranging programme of workshops, as well as participate in some invaluable networking with colleagues to share good practice.  

For those arriving the evening before the conference, there will once again be an informal networking event hosted by Zenergi,  now a popular and integral part of the conference.

Keynote speakers
  • Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System (invited)

  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Former Paralympian athlete, parliamentarian and presenter

  • Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

  • Malcolm Trobe CBE, ASCL Deputy General Secretary

  • Sian Carr, ASCL President

  • Val Andrew, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

Workshop speakers
  • Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist

  • Nick MacKenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson

  • Ryan Green, Managing Director, Pebble

  • Lisa Williams, Business Manager, Moulsham High School

  • Sam Ellis, Funding Consultant

  • Will Jordan, Education Sector Manager, PS Financials

  • Paul Williams, Health and Safety Manager, Safesmart

  • Graeme Hornsby, Education Consultant

  • Jane Ripley, Education Consultant

  • John Banbrook, Business and Finance Director, Farringdon Academy of Schools

  • Anthony Smith, Business and Development Manager, Bradford Academy

  • Sarah Monk and Julie Sowerby, Avec Partnership

  • Abdul Chohan, Director of Development, Essa Foundation Academies Trust (Apple Distinguished Educator)

  • Anna-Louise Love, Education Manager - Wales & The Midlands, Apple

  • James Leonard, UK Lead, Google

  • Jamie Smith, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure, South Staffordshire College

  • Hazel Davison, Business Manager, Whickham School and Sports College

  • Department for Education (DfE)

Programme

08.00

Registration, refreshments (breakfast) and exhibition access

09.15

Conference opens with music provided by a local school

09.25

Welcome and opening address
Sian Carr, ASCL President
Val Andrew, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

09.45

Keynote speaker
Lord Nash (invited)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System

10.15

Keynote speaker
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
Malcolm Trobe, ASCL Deputy General Secretary

10.45

Presentation by Conference Sponsor – Zenergi

11.00

Refreshments/Exhibition/Networking

11.25

Workshop session 1

12.10

Lunch and exhibition/networking opportunity

13.10

Workshop session 2

13.55

Workshop session 3

14.40

Refreshments/Exhibition/Networking

15.00

Keynote speaker
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson
Former Paralympian athlete, parliamentarian and presenter

15.45

Plenary and closing remarks
Val Andrew, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

16.00

Conference close

 

£230+VAT members | £260+VAT non-members

Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC
Pendigo Way, Birmingham, B40 1PP