Effective Financial Management to Ensure Best Value

Register now -Stockport Governor Mini Conference 5th July 2017:  Effective Financial Management to Ensure Best Value"

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Effective Financial Management to Ensure Best Value

As we have already flagged up, we will be holding a workshop on Financial Efficiency, alongside the GOVAS AGM, at Priestnall School on Wednesday 5th July.

The event will start with Registration and Food from 5.45pm. The GOVAS AGM will take place from 6.15pm, and the workshop will start at 6.30pm (please note that these times are subject to change).

Getting the most from what we currently have is going to be a major theme in governance in our schools for the next few years, regardless of what happens at the election. This workshop is not intended just for those of you on the finance committee, but across the board, for both primary and secondary sectors. In order to provide a practical workshop, we have been working with the National Association of School Business Managers (NASBM) and one of their associate practitioners, Dawn Boyes, will be leading the session.

Dawn is Business Director at Keswick School, a multi academy trust in Cumbria. She has extensive experience as a school business professional with experience of working in a grammar school, an inner city secondary and a rural secondary.

She worked as part of a demonstration project, developing the role of the School Business Manager (SBM) across two primary schools and also worked with other secondary schools to look at best practise in developing procurement models across schools.

From 2008-2013 she was an SBM Advocate for the NCTL and since 2014 has been an Associate Practitioner for the NASBM. Dawn is currently working as the lead employer developing the School Business Director Apprenticeship which it is hoped will be available by September 2017 and is working with ILM on development of their new suite of School Business Qualifications.

We have moved our AGM from its traditional slot at the annual Governor Conference. It is a fairly rapid review of what we have been up to over the last year and gives us a chance to set out our priorities for the coming year. We also have a number of committee members up for re-election AND there are vacancies for new members. We know from the feedback we get that the events we are involved in are well received and we hope that a few of you will be enthused enough join the committee, which meets 4-5 times a year.

Spaces for the evening will be limited, so we advise you to book early. As always, we look forward to seeing you there. -REGISTER HERE-

Best Regards,

Stu Foster

Chair, GOVAS

Become a GOVAS Management Committee Member - we are a happy and contented bunch, but we could do with a few more friends. We meet three, or four, times a year, usually at the Town Hall. Our main visible event is the conference, but we also meet with council officers once a term and represent governors on a number of committees and we are looking to establish workshops/seminars to complement the LA training programme. To join the management committee, you do not need to have been a governor for over ten years, have a beard, or wear sandals. You do not need to be a Chair of governors, or even aspire to be. We just want governors who are prepared to give up a bit more of their time; to provide a fresh outlook; and to be able to speak up for governors within and outside of Stockport. Please contact us through admin@govas.org.uk

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