Hello, As many of you will have seen the posts about the forthcoming TES Leadership webchats on the forums, I thought it would be a good idea to explain a bit more information about what we are doing. We have compiled a panel of leadership experts to provide guidance on a range of your key school management and operational issues. Feel free to post your queries and we will direct them to the relevant expert. Don't forget to post your questions on the relevant thread for webchats on specific subjects. I hope you will all take this opportunity to receive advice from industry experts. The panel includes: Sally Robertson, barrister at Cloisters Sally specialises in discrimination, employment, and related public and regulatory law. Before qualifying, Sally worked as a researcher for the Welsh Consumer Council; as a law centre adviser, and as an adviser for a disability organisation, where she developed the annual Disability Rights Handbook to the prominence it still retains today. She is one of four co-editors of Discrimination in Employment: a claims handbook (2013) published by the Legal Action Group. Strategically, Sally aims to achieve an even balance of representing employers and employees, sometimes dealing with almost mirror image legal issues in close succession. This adds breadth, flexibility and insight to her work. David Sewell, audit partner and head of Haysmacintyre’s schools and education team Most of David’s work is with charities including independent schools and several of their associations, academies and other state maintained schools. He is responsible for their audits, and also advises on other financial, taxation and governance issues. He is a governor of an independent boarding school and is a regular speaker at internal and external events and he contributes papers for sector publications. Richard Levinge, founder of Ease Training Richard is chair of governors at a large special needs school and chair of the development committee and governor at an ambitious regional independent school. His most recent work has been an external governance review for a school put in to special measures by Ofsted. He is currently working with both independent schools and academies, arranging governor training and strategy days. Barney Northover, education partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards Barney has developed a special interest and expertise in advising schools on strategy and structural change including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations. He understands the governors' perspective in challenging situations, having been a governor of three schools. He is also a regular speaker at national education conferences and has written for numerous publications on good governance and managing strategic change. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and sits on working parties. Carolyn Reed, strategy and creative director, Reed Brand Communication Carolyn has worked with a broad range of schools, state and maintained, day and boarding, co-ed and single sex from ages 1 to 18 on projects ranging from research, strategy, planning and design implementation. Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, founding director of DLB Leadership Associates Ltd For 15 years, Deborah was headteacher of Babington House School in Kent, leading it to “excellent” in all areas of school life, through three inspections. Under the previous government Deborah was elected as an advisor to the Secretary of State for Education and was reappointed under the current government to continue to advise the DfE on independent and state sector engagement as chair of the ISSP, with a particular focus on raising aspirations and impacting on social mobility. She is an adjudicator of the Independent School Awards and a school inspector, and has extensive leadership experience in both the maintained and independent school sectors. She is also a trustee of Prince William’s charity, Child Bereavement UK. Heather Wheelhouse, education and charities partner, RSM Heather is a chartered accountant with thirty years of experience working with not for profit and commercial organisations. She has advised her clients on financial reporting, assurance, risk management and governance. She is passionate about education; as a parent, a governor of a leading girls’ school – Badminton – and as an adviser to independent schools, academy federations and commercial providers of education. Heather heads RSM’s independent schools sector group and plays a key role in steering the firm’s work with all education providers. Tim Edge, director of development, Headington School During a 15-year career in educational development, Tim Edge has worked at some of the UK’s leading independent schools. He is currently director of development at Headington School in Oxford and is also helping the London Oratory School establish a charitable foundation. During his career, Tim has served on the boards of a number of charities and has been a governor of two maintained sector schools. In his spare time he runs, reads and follows the shifting fortunes of Cardiff City Football Club in the hope that they will one day disprove the adage that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. Matthew Gardiner, management consultant Matthew is a visiting lecturer at both Cass Business School Executive Education and The University of the Arts London. He regularly speaks at technology incubators Google Campus, Wayra, Tech Hub, General Assembly and Second Home. He has recently given a keynote speech on Digital Transformations to Barclays Corporate Finance senior leadership and their client companies. He advises on maximising the gains afforded by innovations in education technology, financial technology, related market convergence and compliance with regulatory regimes. He works closely with Young Rewired State, The Festival of Code, Emerge Venture Labs and supports the Digital Manifesto for Europe, Horizon2020 projects and The Greater London Authority's Smart London Strategy. Simon Shneerson, management consultant Simon has worked with schools of all shapes and sizes over the last thirteen years. He aims to bridge the areas of business, education, governance and leadership, and has a deep understanding of how schools work, and how and why they don’t. He specialises in developing overall strategy, stimulating the business health of a school, and helping governors, heads and bursars to think more clearly and act more effectively. Richard Moir, partner, Gerald Eve Richard is also a member of the firm’s executive board and heads their alternative markets team. He has over 20 years’ experience, specialising in valuation, strategic estates advice and transactions in respect of educational properties including independent schools, nurseries, special schools, further and higher education institutions. He has a detailed knowledge of the requirements of The Charities Act in the sale or transfer of school activities and property assets. Anne Keeling, advisor, ISC Research Anne has specialised in the global international schools market for the past ten years and is a seasoned writer on market data and intelligence. She has worked directly with several international curricula, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the International Primary Curriculum and the International Middle Years Curriculum. Yvonne Spencer, education partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards Yvonne has worked for many years advising schools on child protection, inspection and regulation, SEN and equality, serious disciplinary incidents, complex complaints, reputation management and the media. The content of, and information provided in, the TES Leadership webchats and their associated materials (including information posted in these forums in connection with the webchats) (the “Content”) is provided for general information purposes only. Any use you make of, or reliance you place on, the Content is entirely at your own risk. Professional or specialist advice, tailored to your specific circumstances, should always be obtained before taking (or refraining from) any action on the basis of the Content. 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