Conference presentations from Dr Pooky and Jo Bradley are below

School Business Managers and Administrators Conference

Wednesday 1st May 2024
Hustyns Conference Centre - Nr Wadebridge - PL27 7LG
We look forward to welcoming all COO's, Business Managers,  Administrators, Finance Managers along with Facilities managers and HR Managers
Our first 35 bookings secured will receive a free edition of "Raising Funds for your school"

The conference will:

  • provide practical tools and techniques to cut through the fog of government guidance, understand the impact of new government procurement regulations, identify commercial ‘silver bullets’, decarbonise our education estates, understand how to drive down costs and raise funding, and meet and network with like minded peers.
  • provide an opportunity to visit an exciting exhibition packed full of leading education suppliers, attend practical workshops, and hear from industry leading and inspirational speakers, to enable us to take practical solutions back to our schools and multi academy trusts, to allow us to achieve more with less.
  • allow us to learn how to manage the wellbeing of ourselves and our schools, and build the resilience to stay strong when there are all kinds of demands on our time – and when you want to be helpful and find it hard to say no, how you can stay afloat whilst still doing a good job.

We are grateful for the support received from our sponsors and exhibitors, who have enabled us to provide this conference at no cost to our members, and we look forward to learning more about them over the course of the conference.


From 08:30  Coffee/Tea, Bacon and Sausage (including vegetarian) rolls & Registration.
09.15am  Welcome, Introductions and Day’s Objectives - Lucy Stein Business Manager, Cornwall Association of Primary Heads
09.25am  Keynote – Mental toughness and resilience - Ellie Barker
10:15 - 10:45  Workshop 1a – Funding/ Income Generation and Bid Writing – Justin Smith Chameleon Consulting & Training (via video)
Workshop 1b – Natasha Pollard – Employment Vetting Specialist: Single Central Register and Pre Employment Checks
10:45am   Tea/Coffee & cakes and Exhibition marketplace
11.15 - 11:40  Workshop 2a – Decarbonising Education Estates/Net Zero – Prash Kidiyoor, Zerogram
Workshop 2b - Employment Law Update for Schools - Louise Easthope PHP Law
11:45 – 12:10  Workshop 3a – Reducing Catering Costs & Improving Nutritional Content - Rob Stevens and Jamie Walsh, Goosemoor Educatering
Workshop 3b – Managing Building Costs and Driving Sustainability - Civica
12:15 – 12:40  Workshop 4a - Department for Education Update -  Lindsey Roberts School Resource Management team  
Workshop 4b – Impact of new government procurement regulations - Josie Medforth, PHP Law
12:45pm  Buffet lunch from Goosemoor Educatering, Networking and Exhibition Marketplace
13:45 – 14:10       Workshop 5a – Digital Connectivity - Wildanet – Lawrence Palk
Workshop 5b- 6 years of the GDPR – what you actually need to know! Ben Craig, SchoolPro
14:15 – 14:45  Workshop 6a – Asset Management and Compliance in Schools David Tidman, Data & Safeguarding Manager, InVentry
Workshop 6b – Practical ways to help you tackle the energy crisis – Mark Dolling, Group Education Director, eEnergy (via video) 
14:50pm  Cream Tea from Goosemoor Educatering and Exhibition Marketplace
15:15 – 15:40  Workshop 7 – Helping schools increase energy efficiency, manage costs, and make the move towards Net Zero – Steve Bolt, BCR Associates
15:45pm  Summary / Prize Draw / Wrap up.