David Cameron is a highly experienced educator and a fantastic speaker, known to all as the 'Real David Cameron'. He combines an overview of education, from policy making at national level to knowing what makes children tick in a real classroom and everything in between, with the ability to call a spade a spade. He uses this unique perspective to help educators across the UK understand the power they have to cut through the policies and practices that get in the way of simply doing the best possible job they can in a way that makes sense for everyone.
A highly entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking speaker comfortable working at all stages, and in any sector, David has worked across the UK and internationally with teachers, school leaders and governors. He has the knack of showing up the guff thrown at schools on a seemingly daily basis for what it is, combined with the practical solutions that inspire all audience members to re-evaluate their day-to-day work. With his help, teachers and leaders can then get on with the serious job of educating young people properly.
He was Director of Children's Services for Stirling Council. Before that that he was Head of Education in East Lothian. He has been an Area Manager providing support and challenge to a large group of schools in Fife. Performance Review Manager with overall responsibility for Quality Assurance and, before that an Adviser responsible for curriculum development and assessment. He has worked in schools up to the early '90s and hhas extensive experience of leading a major national development of curriculum and assessment in Scotland introducing new Standard Grade courses. He was President of the Association of Directors of Education Scotland and has been involved with a range of national groups, notably on Curriculum for Excellence, Outdoor Education and Looked After Children. As a consultant, He has supported Midlothian Council in their reorganisation of services to Children and Families and engaged with Skills Development Scotland in a major review of policy procedures and practice. He has since led reviews on class size regulations and arrangements for devolved school management.
Graham specialises in providing commercial advice to predominately employer clients, advising on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters to a variety of private and public sector clients, ranging from owner-managed businesses to large national companies, schools and academies and government departments and local authorities. Graham provides pragmatic and strategic advice in respect of all day to day HR and employment related matters and has expertise in all aspects of employment law.
Chris is an Associate at Ward Hadaway and advises schools and Academies on a range of data protection and freedom of information matters.
David has been working as a safety specialist for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience across a wide rage of sectors and aspects of health & safety. Initially with a background in he armed forces, David is able to provide pragmatic advice on health and safety management systems to drive operational and behavioral improvements. Whilst he has cross-sector knowledge, he has particular experience in the events, education, leisure, hotels, retail, manufacturing and spectator safety sectors, providing best in class advice and recommendations, both ro SMEs as well as some of the UKs largest organisations.
Adam Watson has over 15 years of experience in software and the education sector. His involvement in schools extends back to the late 90s providing teaching equipment to schools and supporting those seeking conversion to specialist status. Since then Adam has been providing both software and services to schools, local authorities and diocese bodies.
Adam speaks across the UK on a range of topics relevant to school business managers, drawing on his experience of delivering solutions for schools in a range of contexts and the insights gained from his work with our many customers and partner organisations.
Sarah is currently Executive Head Teacher of two maintained Nursery Schools in Sunderland.
She has a strong drive and passion for Early Years which has continued to develop since she qualified as a teacher in 2002. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to have numorous roles all of which have both been varied and interesting - starting as class teacher, then becoming an Early Years Advisory Teacher for Darlington Borough Council, followed by an Advanced Skills teacher, a SENDCO and then in 2011 she became a Head Teacher.
These Varying roles have allowed Sarah to support and advise colleagues in relation to their own settings Early Years practice, coach and mentor staff, and ultimately enable her to develop and fine tune her own personal pedagogy and philosophy of education. She is now able to apply this to her current settings, both in relation to the experiences and opportunities we provide the children but also in relation to the professional development of her staff team.
Sarah has a relentless drive to achieve excellence and continue to be fully committed to raising standards for the children and their families. She feels extremely lucky to be in her current position and is excited about what the future has in store.
Dr Jane Anderson has worked in education, training and development for over 30 years. She specialises in wellbeing ownership and Staff Wellbeing Teams (SWT) and has a particular interest in Place Affected Organisational Change (PAOC). This approach utilises Place and design to respectfully and ecologically involve stakeholders in ascertaining and/or regenerating organisational values using the workplace environment as a diagnostic means.
She has published academically and professionally and her book The DeCluttered School has proven a popular guide, supporting schools to become more welcoming and healthier places for learning and teaching. She works with Newcastle and Northumbria universities, and continues to research the effects of Staff Wellbeing Teams on staff and schools.
Donna has been in teaching for 20 years. She started her career working in mainstream school where she was a Head of Science, and later Vice Principal for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Throughout her time working in a mainstream school, Donna has spent a large majority of her time working to improve the life chances of 'hard to reach' young people leading her to recently embarking on a Master's in Education for Special Needs, specialising in Social and Emotional Mental Health Needs.
This change o educational focus has confirmed deepened her commitment, drive and determination to make a real difference in Alternative Education and helping young people gain the necessary skills to succeed throughout their school career and beyond.
Justin has over 25 years' marketing experience in localised, national and international targeting of segmented audiences. He has applied this first-hand as a governor and has helped other schools question what they should be doing and how they extend their marketing influence internally and externally.
Jon is an influential and inspirational education leader in a large and diverse North East secondary school. His innovative approach to school and organisational leadership challenges the habits that have gone before, looking at ways to improve education through change management.
Jon has also been recognised by Microsoft as one of their Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts every year since 2015 and forms part of their global educator visionary team, showcasing how technology can pave the way to better student outcomes.
As an author, Jon regularly writes for his own education blog on topics about strategic school leadership & classroom pedagogy and has just had his first book published by Bloomsbury Publishing – ‘100 Ideas on Engaging Learners’ (published Aug 2017).
Jon regularly presents at teaching conferences both in the UK and internationally via Skype. This has included presentations to conferences in New York, Ohio and Dubai along with national conferences here in the UK. Jon also delivered a talk on the world famous TED stage in 2015, talking about ‘The Future of Learning’.
You can follow Jon on Twitter @teamtait
Gareth has worked for over twenty years' in finance within the public, commercial and voluntary sectors. Experienced in successfully leading and developing financial management, financial services, payroll, internal audit, risk management, insurance and ICT.
He is CIMA, CIPA and Prince2 qualified. Gareth joined Northern Education Trust in 2013 as Director and progressed in 2017 to lead on the Trust's Finances and Operations offering leadership in a wider range of corporate services and governance responsibilities.
Gareth has held a number of Non-Executive Director posts and in 2016 co-founded the North East and Cumbria Director Finance Forum (NECDoFF). In 2018 Gareth was recognised as the North East Accountancy Awards as Director of Finance of the Year.
Phil began his career teaching in 1996 of Mathematics in a 11-16 school in Sunderland before moving to Teesside where he has lived and worked since 1997. Phil has spent the last 23 years in teaching and has always worked in schools located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Phil has over 20 years' experience of school leadership in Local Authority and Multi Academy Trust schools as a maths teacher, Head of ICT, Assistant Principal-Curriculum and Data, Vice Principal -Outcomes, and Director of Curriculum. In his current role Phil is responsible for trust wide Curriculum Led financial Planning as a key component of Northern Education Trust's 'NORTHERN' improvement model across all of its Primary and Secondary academies.
Carole is a senior finance partner at Avec Perntership and has over 30 year education experience. As a quailified accounting technician, Carole spent twenty-one years working in various financial roles with Durham County Council which included seven years as an LA education auditor, regularly leading school financial systems audits.
Carole then spent five years in the role of School Business Manager in a Durham secondary school which was one of the first in the region to convert to academy status. After academy conversion she then headed up the finance team, successfully implementing robust systems of internal control.
Since 2010, Carole has successfully led the finance team at Avec Partnership and specialises in driving value for money and identifying quantifiable efficiency savings in schools and academies. She regularly interacts with colleagues at the Education and Skills Funding Agency and, due to her deep and extensive expertise in school funding, is often asked to provide feedback on their finance documents. Organiser of out termly Finance Director forums, Carole thrives on responding to clients' needs and takes great delight in leading the finance team to support and advise in all areas of school and academy funding aligned to effective curriculum planning and school improvement strategies.
Carole also project manages academy conversations and mergers utilising her funding knowledge to promote establish effective MAT systems across HR, finance, and governance. Carole also provides strategic leadership advice to a number of MATs across the region and is highly regarded by the CEOs and CFOs she works with.
Carole has been Chair og Governors at a primary school in the region for a number of years and therefor fully understands the critical role governors play across the system.
Deborah is a Lead Finance Partner at Avec Partnership. Deborah is a qualified accountant: a fellow member of the Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), with over 15 years of local authority and education sector experience.
Deborah has previously worked as a Business and Finance Manager at a large secondary school for 5 years, where she gained a valuable insight and appreciation of the day to day challenges faced by schools. She then moved to a local authority, spending 7 years working as Internal Audits and Risk Manager with a remit covering all council services and external clients. During this time, she developed positive relatiionships with schools by providing consultancy, advice and training to Head Teachers, School Business Managers and Governors on systems and procedures, compliance issues, risk management, governance and counter fraud arrangements.
Deborah then moved to the council's accountancy section and spent 3 years as Group Accountant with responsibility for monitoring the whole of the council's revenue budget, preparing statutory returns and financial statements, and also project manage the upgrade of the council's financial management information system.
Since joining Avec Partnership Deborah has worked with a range of schools and academies on integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP) reviews, benchmarking, strategic financial advice, financial due dilligence, and procurement projects.
Deborah is also an accredited School Resource Management Adviser (SRMA) with the DfE and is committed to getting the best outcomes for every school and Trust using her wide range of experience, skills and a professional approach.
Steve joined the DfE Schools Commercial Team (SCT) in 2012 and leads the Schools Engagement Team within SCT. The team provides support for schools and academies, improving how they buy non-staff goods and services and helping to save both time and money. Before joining the Schools Commercial Team, Steve was Head of Commercial at the National College for School Leadership. Steve has over 20 years' experience in a number of senior commercial and procurement roles, working in the public and private sectors. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and a governor in Nottinghamshire.
Tracy is part of the Stakeholder and Account Manager Support within the Risk Protection Arrangement Team (RPA). This team are responsible for the overall management of Customer Relationship activities with both new and existing RPA members. Before joining, the RPA team Tracy had spent over two years in Corporate Governance Finance and Policy Team. Previously to that role Tracy was an IT Analyst within the IT Group for the DfE with over thirteen years of experienve. Tracy is also a student member of the Chartered Insurance Institute as well as being voluntary North East and Yorkshire Events Organiser for the Civil Service Sports Club.
Matthew has worked in some of the best (and most challenging) schools in England and has advised several leading educational organisations on policy issues. He is a respected authority on the non-teaching aspects of running schools and academy trusts, regularly delivering training on, and campaigning for, better management of school resources. As Chair of the institute of School Business Leadership, he sits on the National Qualifications Board overseeing the qualifications and curriculum for the SBL profession.
Prior to working in education, Matthew worked at board level in the charity sector where he managed the construction of schools, orphanages and clinics in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the Chartered College of Teaching's Leadership Development Advisory Group and a trustee of Services for Education; a charity which supports school leaders and delivers music teaching to almost 40,000 pupils a year.
Kaley Foran is the lead content editor at The Key for School Leaders. She specialises in content related to school funding and finance, safeguarding and school improvement and inspection. She is the vice-chair of governors at Chestnuts Primary School in Haringey.