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Centralisation of services - when is it a consideration and is it worth it? (workshop three)

Workshop leader
Nicky Gillhespy, COO at LEO Academy Trust

Workshop details 

With the growth of MATs, federations, co-operatives and many unofficial groupings of establishments, what are the options regarding the centralisation of services and are financial savings possible? What services can be centralised? What impact is there on staffing and infrastructure? What about software? Will you need to upgrade it and how will you harmonise across the schools? 

Workshop outcomes
This workshop will provide areas for discussion and look at how others have addressed the various issues caused by centralising services, including some of the pitfalls.

Target audience
All SBLs.

Leaders' biography
Nicky Gillhespy

Nicky has been a school business leader at Cheam Fields Primary since 2006, and prior to that, a bursar at another London primary school for 12 years. Cheam Fields joined the LEO multi-academy trust in September 2016, and Nicky officially took up her new post as chief operating officer last May. The LEO trust is a primary phase only MAT with currently four schools, 2,500 pupils and 250 members of staff. There are two other schools currently consulting to join the trust. Nicky was also the SBM representative on NAHT's national executive and chair of the SBM national committee up until June 2017. Voted SBM of the year (primary) in 2014 and the first SBM to complete the University of Chester's Leadership and Management bridging module, she was made a NASBM fellow in 2016. Nicky is known for her down to earth and practical approach.