I’m an independent consultant specialising in school funding and education finance. I advise schools and local authorities on managing their budgets and achieving value for money in order to support better outcomes and enable children and young people to maximise their potential, something I’m passionate about. Everyone deserves the best possible education and we all need to use taxpayers’ money wisely, to achieve a fair chance for every single pupil.
I offer the following services:
- Analysis and recommendations for schools/academies in financial difficulty
- Supporting schools in medium term financial planning, to avoid a future deficit
- Value for money reviews of local authority education services
- Technical advice on compliance with school funding regulations
- Support for reviews of school funding formula or SEN funding arrangements
- Review of policy/strategy documents and reports
- Support with grant funding bids
If you would like to discuss how I might be able to help you, please get in touch using the Contact Form (click on this link).
What makes me qualified to offer these services? I’m a CIPFA* accountant with over 30 years’ experience in education and children’s services in local authorities in the north east of England. My most recent posts were at Assistant Director level, responsible for strategic finance and education support services, which were then subsumed within a broader portfolio of Learning & Skills, including school improvement and SEN support services. For 8 years I was a member of DfE’s School Funding Implementation Group/School & Academy Funding Group and various subgroups, actively contributing to discussions on school funding policy changes. I currently serve on the Resources & Sustainability Committee of ADCS (Association of Directors of Children’s Services) and am a Diocesan rep on my home LA’s Children’s Services Committee, as well as being a governor of a Sixth Form College.
In my spare time, I enjoy writing historical and contemporary fiction, holidays, playing with my two granddaughters, singing, and researching local and family history, giving talks based on the parish history of Seaton Carew, which I wrote and published in 2012.
Together with a secondary school business manager, I am currently planning a series of e-books to help aspiring and current leaders, school business managers, governors and local authority officers to navigate their way through the maze that is school funding. Please get in touch if you have a particular theme or subject you would like us to include in the series.
*CIPFA is the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy