The MAT Growth Conference 2022

08:00 am
04 Oct, 2022
15 Hatfields Conference Centre

The MAT Growth Conference 2022

08:00 am
04 Oct, 2022
15 Hatfields Conference Centre

The government has now set out a vision in the recent Schools Whitepaper that all schools “will be part of strong trusts by 2030”, either part of one or in the process of joining.

“The MAT Growth Conference”, in partnership with the newly formed Multi Academy Trust Association, will be supporting trusts through this journey by delivering an agenda filled with guidance and best practice, answering the overarching question “how do we deliver sustainable growth?”.

The in-person conference will aim to provide MAT Leaders with tangible guidance, case-studies and address challenges on how to drive growth within your trust, with also a look ahead to how mergers will play a key part in the coming years.

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The MAT Growth Conference 2022 Key Subjects

Sessions delivered on the day will be topics around:


  • How to evolve your MAT as it goes from small to large?
  • Discuss the 2022 School’s Whitepaper and what this means for your trust.
  • How does your proposal change when approaching new schools to your trust post whitepaper release?
  • The role of mergers; concerns, challenges and opportunities.
  • Growing your trust beyond a single geographic location.
  • Centralising financial and back-office processes to increase your efficiencies as a trust.
  • What should procurement look like through onboarding new schools and merging trusts?

Who will Attend

  • CEOs
  • Deputy CEOs
  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • Directors of Finance
  • Directors of Governance
  • Executive Headteachers
  • Directors of Learning
  • HR Directors
  • Finance Leads
  • School improvement leads
  • Trustees
  • Chairs



Al Kingsley

Chair of Hampton Academies Trust (also Member of RSC Advisory Board East England)

Clare Collins

Head of Consultancy

Sam Henson

Director of Policy and Information

Sponsors & Partners

The Agenda


Registration, Networking & Breakfast

Registration, Networking & Breakfast


Chairs Opening Address

Chairs Opening Address


Governance 360 – the top 10 areas to review in your annual governance cycle.

Al Kingsley
Chair of Hampton Academies Trust (also Member of RSC Advisory Board East England)

The key areas to review as part of your annual governance cycle, from board skills, to the scheme of delegation to evidencing effective challenge. Sharing a few top tips and experience from my roles as chair of Trust boards, schools and an RSC Advisory board member. 


For all schools to be in strong multi-academy trusts

Ross Bennett
Commercial Director
Engaging Education
Andrew Riches
Education Advisor
Engaging Education

How do you create the compelling narrative that ensures your MAT stands out and is recognised as a strong Trust, ready to grow?


Growing a trust through enhancing the Mat Dividend

Matthew Crawford
Embark Federation

Keynote Session

Matt will share how the trust has grown from 7-15 schools over the last 2 years through enhancing the Mat Dividend.


Applicaa (Confirmed)

Antony Wambua
Product Director
Applicaa Ltd
Presentation synopsis TBC


Q&A Panel Debate

Q&A Panel Debate


Morning Break, Networking & Refreshments

Morning Break, Networking & Refreshments


Experiences of Ofsted MAT Summary Evaluations

Owen McColgan
Chief Executive
The Howard Academy Trust
Keynote Session


‘How to evolve the MAT organisation as it goes from small to large’

Mandy Coalter
Ex-Director of People
United Learning
Caroline Cusselle
Head of HR Services
Strictly Education

‘How to evolve the MAT organisation as it goes from small to large’ Caroline and Mandy will be drawing on their experiences of working with many MAT leaders and Trusts of various sizes and stages of growth and also insights from recent research undertaken by Strictly Education’s parent company, Supporting Education Group.

We will focus on the key elements to consider on your growth journey including culture, capacity, leadership, due diligence and your offer to new member schools. Your staff are your greatest asset; recruiting and retaining Talent are critical to success and we will share some of the key people issues to consider as you grow.

The learning outcomes from the seminar will enable you to:

• Understand the importance of people vision, strategy and culture during growth
• See the benefits of building an effective HR operating model and infrastructure
• Understand the importance of great employee engagement and the impact it can make


Let’s cut to the chase…

Andrew Riches
Education Advisor
Engaging Education

Workshop Session

An opportunity to come together and discuss the questions that are on everybody’s mind, a workshop format in small focus groups.

  1. Are you a strong Trust?
  2. What makes a strong trust?
  3. How do you become a strong trust?


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Networking & Refreshments Break

Networking & Refreshments Break





IRIS Education

Case Study


Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation


Panel Discussion - Growth: risk or opportunity?

Jeff Marshall
J&G Marshall Ltd
Clare Collins
Head of Consultancy
Sam Henson
Director of Policy and Information

Clare Collins – Head of Consultancy

Sam Henson – Director of Policy and Information


Closing Address

Closing Address


Close of Day

Close of Day

Book your Place

To apply for a free ticket please select one of the options below.

FREE For Education Leaders
Charity, Not for Profit, Private Sector and University (In-Person)
£152.99 excl VAT
Unlimited places
Private Sector In-Person
£305.99 excl VAT
Unlimited places

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What our clients say about us

Thank you once again for allowing us to exhibit and present directly in the afternoon to the MATs attending. I know it was a lovely day but weather aside it felt wonderful to be back face to face and your conference was so friendly and inviting. I could see the hard work everyone was doing to make it so successful

Department For Education

The National MAT Conference was a great first show for us and produced a number of quality lead opportunities.

Quality of the attendees/delegates was great. The Convenzis team were professional and approachable throughout, and special thanks to Daniel for helping us swap stand positions to incorporate the SMART IFP.

Conversations with the MAT delegates who attended our stand on the day were positive and it was good to understand where they were currently in their Digital transformation journey post-pandemic.

A really positive great show. Our partner, Elementary Technology Ltd, also concurred that the quality of the delegates that attended were the right people and those key decision-makers.


“the whole event was really well organised and the choice of speakers and the range of topics were of excellent quality.
As a supplier, it was great to gain insight to understand the issues and concerns when considering growing or merging MATs, where the priorities are focused and the key learnings for those CEOs who have gone through the journey.
I would recommend attending a future Convenzis conference or event, as the quality was first class.”

Education Buying

“We were impressed by the excellent session line-up and quality of the audience. The team at Convenzis are friendly and were always on hand to help in the run-up. We’re looking forward to the MAT Growth & Merger Conference in October.”

The Key

“The MAT Growth & Merger Conference was a well organised, high-quality event that we thoroughly enjoyed being involved at. The team were professional and friendly, always available to help with our requests. The speakers and audience seniority was excellent, we look forward to continuing to be a part of Convenzis events in the future!”

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