Respected multi-academy trust (MAT) the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, welcomed two high profile guest speakers from the national field of education last week (24 November).
Bridie Sullivan, head of MAT development at the Department of Education and Nick MacKenzie, education partner with national law firm, Browne Jacobson, joined the MAT financial Directors’ forum last week.
The forum, which meets termly at different venues to discuss key aspects of finance, business, governance and other issues, met at ATLP’s head office at Sutton Coldfield’s Arthur Terry School. A total of 25 delegates, including finance and business directors and chief operating officers from regional multi-academy trusts, were in attendance.
Bridie Sullivan spoke about ‘MAT Development – The National Landscape’, Nick MacKenzie’s session looked at ‘Recent Governance Changes for a MAT’ and ATLP’s financial director, Teresa Phipps, discussed ‘Governance Changes Within the ATLP’.
other participants who led discussions included Bobby Thandi from LEAD Academy Trust, Ian Kirby from Victoria Academies Trust and Archway Learning Trust’s Maria Lysenko.
Teresa Phipps (who is pictured top left with the ATLP finance team managers, Alison Daly and Ria Farrell) said:
The forums are an effective way to share and learn from each other, to ensure that we continue to drive high standards, both collectively and individually and provide a credible voice in the wider education sector.
There were some very interesting discussions and much valuable collaboration – it was a very worthwhile day. Special thanks to Bridie and Nick for speaking.”