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Yorkshire & Humber #MATLeaders Network 2019

Yorkshire & Humber #MATLeaders network 2018/19

MAT Leaders National Conference

Network Flyer: Forum Strategy MAT Leaders Network Yorks & Hmbr 2019

What’s involved?

The North West network enters its third year in 2019 and is developing a strong reputation as a supportive and developmental forum for those leading academy trusts. The network is one of our five regional #MATLeaders networks operating in the UK and involving dozens of CEOs.

The network brings together leading thinkers, experts, and a wide-range of practitioners across sectors, to ensure leaders’ ongoing professional development and learning.  In 2017/18 contributors included leading corporate governance experts, NHS Improvement, Ofsted, CEOs from other sectors, entrepreneurs from the world of business, and researchers.

This year’s network will again provide a wide range of development and networking opportunities – as well as the chance to inform policy development through our regular roundtables. The network will be led by the founder of our five regional networks, Michael Pain, who is CEO of Forum Strategy and former Head of Policy at the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services.


What will this year’s networks focus on?

Last year’s networks covered areas such as the relationship between the Chair and CEO, recruitment and becoming an employer of choice, enabling a culture for improvement at scale; as well as updates on policy and research of relevance to CEOs in the third and public sector. This year’s session will include:

Session 1: 7th February 2019 – York

The role of research and innovation in a self-improving multi-academy trust. How does the CEO create the culture for learning at all levels?

Session 2: 16th May 2019 – Doncaster

The changing role of CEO: how the role is evolving in an era of growing complexity, austerity and new technologies. What can we learn from other sectors?

Session 3: 26th September 2019, Midlands

Forum Strategy’s annual national CEO & Chairs conference, bringing together leaders from across our four regional networks.

Session 4: 21st November 2019, Sheffield (together with Yorks & Humber Network):

Franchising models and the balance between autonomy and standard operating procedures – lessons from business and industry.


Members benefit from:

  • Half-day face to face sessions involving external experts and Forum Strategy associates and staff; Opportunity to network with other CEOs and Chairs from across the region.
  • An online seminar sharing the latest research and thinking on organisational development, policy & research
  • Opportunities to attend and inform our annual policy roundtable events and papers
  • Two places at our annual CEO and Chairs conference in the Midlands on 26th September 2019
  • Regular email bulletins and information – including preferable rates on our weekly strategy briefing services for leadership teams and trustees and our funding briefing service


Valued and trusted:

Feedback from last year’s networks included:

“Very relevant and thought provoking, supporting us to move forward as an organisation.”

“As always, time to reflect with other people who share similar challenges”

“Very inspiring and thought provoking. Really moved on my thinking.”


“Our trust has generated £30k worth of funding this year through access to the Forum Strategy #MATLeaders briefing service.”

Paul Stone, CEO, Discovery Trust

“70% of attendees rated Forum’s national #MATLeaders conference as ‘excellent’, with 98% rating it as ‘good or excellent’”

National conference evaluation 2018.


Cost: The cost of membership for 2018 is £995 plus VAT

Network members include the CEO and Chair. One representative in a senior leadership position in your organisation is entitled to attend in place of either the CEO or Chair per meeting.

Places are very limited. The deadline for booking is 15th December 2018.


Want to join us in 2019? Please email [email protected] or call 01636 813365 for more information




November 21, 2018