Next Arbor MAT Conference announced

Cosima Baring - 17 September, 2019

Category : Blog

Next Arbor MAT Conference announced

Following three sold out conferences in London and Manchester last year – attended by over 200 MAT leaders representing 157 trusts – we’re very excited to announce that the fourth conference in our popular series will take place on Friday 8th November in Manchester!   Fig 1.: The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, where our fourth conference

Following three sold out conferences in London and Manchester last year – attended by over 200 MAT leaders representing 157 trusts – we’re very excited to announce that the fourth conference in our popular series will take place on Friday 8th November in Manchester!

 

Fig 1.: The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, where our fourth conference will be held 

 

Our fourth conference will bring together MAT CEOs, COOs, and CFOs at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall to discuss different strategies for scaling sustainably. Our speakers will share practical advice (based on their own experiences as CEOs) on how best to scale central team processes, governance, reporting, culture and more – to help you plan for the growth of your own trust. 

 

We currently have 6 speakers confirmed, with more to be announced soon:

 

Speaker 1: Lauren Thorpe

Job title: Head of Data & Systems Strategy at Ark

MAT: Ark Schools 

 

  • Lauren has spent almost a decade working in schools and is the Head of Data & Systems Strategy at Ark. Prior to joining Ark, Lauren was most recently the Principal of a secondary free school in central London. 
  • Before this, Lauren was the Research and Corporate Partnership Director of Reform, a Westminster think tank, where she led on research and policy ideas covering the education sector, business environment and infrastructure. 
  • Lauren holds a master’s degree in ‘ICT in Education’ from UCL’s Institute of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Durham.
  • On top of her responsibilities at Ark, she also sits on a number of advisory boards for organisations supporting technology and innovation, and was a member of the DfE Workload Advisory Group that published the report, ‘Making Data Work’.

 

Lauren will speak about: How Ark manages the spread of data managers across its schools

 

Speaker 2: Ian Hunt

Job title: Director of Education Standards & Effectiveness

MAT: St Barts Multi Academy Trust

 

  • Ian is the Director of School Effectiveness for the St. Bart’s Academy Trust. Ian has an MBA in Education Management and has worked in Education for over 26 years in 6 different schools, encompassing international, inner city and leafy borough environments. 
  • As well as his current position at St. Bart’s, Ian is also Deputy Director of BTSA, leading on School to School Support.
  • Ian has been an executive, substantive and acting headteacher in four different schools and has taught pupils from ages 3 through to 13. He has recently qualified as a Pupil Premium Reviewer, and is also a member of the St. Bart’s Academy Trust Executive Management Board.
  • In his spare time, Ian is a Derby County season ticket holder and a keen diver. He is married with one son and lives in Derbyshire.

 

Ian will speak about: Scaling reporting to a MAT board

 

Speaker 3: Richard Sherrif

Job title: CEO

MAT: Red Kite Learning Trust

 

  • Richard started his teaching career in Leicester before moving to Leeds as a Head of Department. Having worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a Bradford school he took up his first Headship in Leeds in 2001, before joining Harrogate Grammar School as Headteacher in 2006. Richard is a National Leader of Education and until recently an Ofsted inspector. He is now CEO of Red Kite Learning Trust. 

 

Richard will speak about: Communicating change to your schools

 

Speaker 4: Tom Banham

Job title: CEO

MAT: Hoyland Common Academy Trust

 

  • Tom is an experienced NLE and provides school-to-school support to schools in a variety of different contexts. He is a lead facilitator on the NPQH Programme and is the Chair of the South Yorkshire Teaching School Hub and represents South Yorkshire Teaching Schools at the EMSYH Regional Summit and Local Area SRIB. 
  • Alongside this he is also a member of the Barnsley Alliance Board that facilitates the strategic sector led school improvement of Barnsley Schools. He also is a representative of the Barnsley Formula Funding review Group for the Local Authority. 
  • This network of support enables him to access an array of specialist knowledge and expertise from a diverse pool of system leaders ranging from NLES, LLES, Consultant Heads, SLES and other field experts across the whole of the Education Sector and beyond.

 

Tom will speak about: How to make sure each of your schools remain sensitive to their local context

 

Speaker 5: Debbie Clinton

Job title: CEO

MAT: Academies Transformation Trust

 

  • Debbie is the CEO of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT). Prior to this, she was the Deputy CEO and Acting CEO at the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP), based in the East Midlands.
  • Debbie is a former HMI and Principal of Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough – a high performing 11-19 converter academy judged outstanding by Ofsted in all S5 aspects. 
  • She’s been a qualified teacher for over 31 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities.  She has wide regional and national experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects and conferences for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and Roehampton.
  • Finally, Debbie is a former recent board member of FASNA – the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association. In this capacity, she has worked with DfE teams in various guises including developing National Funding Formula and SEN/High Needs Funding for schools.

 

Debbie will speak about: TBC

 

We’ll be confirming our final 3 speakers and the topics of their presentations soon! In addition to our main speakers, there will also be an open roundtable discussion between MAT COOs, free breakfast & lunch, and plenty of networking breaks during which we’ll match you up with similar sized MATs to help you learn from each other and exchange best practice.

 

Click here to sign up for your free place for you and a member of your SLT: scaling-your-mat-sustainably-19.eventbrite.com

 

Hope to see you there! 

 

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