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Keynote speakers for school business leaders' conference

Rachel Younger

Rachel Younger - NAHT's SBL sector council chair

Rachel Younger has been a business manager at St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Blackpool since 2010; prior to this, she worked in two other primary schools in the North West of England. Since joining NAHT in 2010, Rachel has been involved as a branch official and a regional official, and in July 2017, she was elected to be the school business leader representative on NAHT’s national executive. Rachel is proud to represent SBLs in this way, and she has a passionate belief in the unique contribution that the profession makes to education.

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Stephen Morales - ISBM chief executive

Stephen has a 20-year career history in operations and finance, working at a senior level in public and private sectors. He has managed significant change management and quality assurance programmes. Stephen has held the position of finance director in the UK's education system and enjoyed a spell performing a similar role internationally. He returned to the UK in 2007 and has since worked closely with the Department for Education in areas of policy reform. Between 2014 and 2015, Stephen presided over the development and implementation of nationally recognised business management professional standards.

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Tony Foot - Director, education funding group, DfE

Tony Foot is responsible for strategy and policy on resource and capital funding for schools and 16-19 providers. In previous roles, he has led the Education Funding Agency team responsible for finance, governance and financial management oversight of academies and free schools in the south of England, and the Treasury spending team on education.

Paul Whiteman

Paul Whiteman - NAHT general secretary

Paul Whiteman took over as general secretary of NAHT in September 2017. NAHT represents the majority of school leaders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Paul leads all of NAHT’s campaigns to improve schools for everyone, including the campaigns to increase funding for schools and to lift the per cent public sector pay cap.

Prior to taking over as general secretary, Paul was NAHT’s director of representation and advice, a post he held for five years. The representation and advice team includes regional officers, organisers, the advice team and the legal team, helping to promote NAHT’s voice across the country while providing highly-regarded assistance and protection to members when needed.

Before joining NAHT, Paul spent a decade as a national official at the FDA, the union for civil servants. He has a first-class grasp of education issues as well as many years’ experience in the wider trade union movement.

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David Hyner - Goal setting researcher and motivational speaker

As a researcher, David has undertaken 250 plus interviews over an 18-year period with top achievers, which gives his delivery totally unique content and massive credibility. His funny, challenging and interactive style ensures his keynote or workshop has huge 'take-away' value, and he gives delegates the skills and confidence to achieve their goals.

The biggest thing drawn from his research is 'how' successful people think and behave while achieving their massive goals. David first applied the process to charity fundraising, and in his spare time (over a six-year period) raised over half a million pounds, breaking four charities fundraising records in the process. After presenting 'The Positive Show' on BBC radio, David authored numerous books and audio products that deliver huge value post event as support resources.

David started business life as a successful caterer and event organiser in Birmingham, which he ran for 13 years, and since turning professional speaker in 2000, he has travelled the world presenting to between 20-50,000 people each year, being asked back time and time again. In 2017, David has been awarded the "Speaker Hall of Fame" for the Academy for Cheif Executives - one of only five in their history.