The CFO & COO INSIDER is a live, regular discussion about the trust finance topics that matter most.

Hosted by Leyla Tovey, SBS Managing Director


Latest session

Budget Assumptions: What are you planning?

Friday 22nd March   10.00 - 10.40
Leyla Tovey will be joined by Susan Fielden (CST Trust & School Funding Policy Specialist)
and Julia Harnden (ASCL Funding Specialist)

A live session to explore the current context and financial landscape for schools and trusts, and their impact on budget planning. The webinar will take the form of an ‘Ask the Audience’-style collaboration, looking at assumption ranges in the key income and expenditure categories.


Previous session - December

Benchmarking & Curriculum-Led Budgeting

Leyla was joined by Richard Page (Director of Operations and Digital at SBS), Benedicte Yue (CFO at River Learning Trust) and Mark Hancock (Data Director at River Learning Trust) to discuss key benchmarks, adjustments and limitations to curriculum-led budgeting. 


Previous session - February 29th 2024

Laying a Foundation for Growth  

Leyla was joined by Christopher Dryer (Director of Finance & Operations, St Bartholomew's CE Multi Academy Trust) to explore the benefit of ensuring scalable systems and processes are in place prior to MAT growth.

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