mats summit 2018

10 - 12 October 2018
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Speakers

Tiffany is co-founder and Chair of Trustees of Maritime Academy Trust and a National Leader of Governance. She is Senior Governance Advisor for REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary trust in the country. She was previously Chair of Governors at Millennium, leading the board to an outstanding Ofsted.

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Neil Carmichael, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham, is Senior Adviser, PLMR, providing strategic advice and support across all sectors; Chief Education Consultant at Christine Lee & Co (solicitors); and, Senior Adviser at Wild Search. Neil is also Chair of the Board of FESTOMANE (Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering); Trustee, Sir Heinz Koeppler Trust – Wilton Park, promoting international peace and security; and, a member of the Advisory Board of the D Group, strategic advice, and international network. He is now a Trustee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.

Neil was Member of Parliament for Stroud (2010-17), serving on the Education Select Committee throughout the period and latterly as Chair. He established the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on School Leadership and Governance, Chair of Vascular Disease APPG, producing influential reports on clinical methods and took the Antarctic Act 2013 through Parliament. Neil was Chair of the Conservative Group for Europe and is Director of Modern Europe.

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Paul is the CFO of Learning in Harmony Trust, which has grown from 2 Academies to 8 during the 3 years he has been there. The MAT Central function has developed over that time to include a specialist Head of Governance as well as other key roles.

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Emma Hollis is Executive Director of the National Association for School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), which champions school-led teacher training and development. Emma, who was previously a Trustee at NASBTT for 18 months alongside her roles as Head of Educational Strategy at the Inspiring Futures Through Learning multi-academy trust and Head of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, formally took up her new role on 1st September 2017.

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Alison is an experienced Head Teacher with a demonstrated history of high attainment working within the education management industry.  She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges.

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Emma Knights OBE is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, research, advice, and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the NGA’s Chair’s Handbook.

Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years. Follow Emma on Twitter @NGAMedia. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Laura McInerney is an education journalist for Schools Week and the Guardian. She is now a columnist for Schools Week but was formerly the editor for 3 years. She also co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of teachers’ lives, and was once taken to court by Michael Gove for asking difficult questions.

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Nick is co-founder and Chief Executive of Maritime Academy Trust and a National Leader of Education. Nick achieves rapid and sustained progress across the schools he leads, with some currently in the top 3% nationally for progress. He is passionate about using an entrepreneurial, creative curriculum and the power of collaboration to transform schools.

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David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group. He is an author, school governor and a former secondary maths and physics teacher.

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