School business management professionals from across the North East and beyond gathered at St James’ Park in Newcastle yesterday for the fifth annual SCHOOLS NorthEast School Business Management Conference.
The theme of the conference, the largest of its kind in the country, was MASSIVE goals, so in welcoming delegates SCHOOLS NorthEast’s Director of Operations and Development, Chris Zarraga outlined our own MASSIVE goals to support schools and ensure that all children and young people in our region get the best possible start in life.
Delegates were also welcomed by our Chair John Hardy, Head Teacher at St John Vianney’s Primary School in Hartlepool. John stressed what a vital role School Business Managers played in the education of our children and young people.
The keynote speaker this year was David Hyner, who told delegates that SMART goals don’t work and that they should instead set themselves MASSIVE goals. He made this case in two highly engaging and entertaining sessions.
Delegates were then given the option twelve breakout sessions, giving them practical advice in areas like HR, communications, finance and regulation.
Throughout the day, delegates had the opportunity to peruse a packed exhibition and network with colleagues from across the region, as well as a wide selection of suppliers and providers.
We would like to thank all of the delegates, speakers and exhibitors, and particularly our main sponsor for the conference First Class Supply! We would like to extend our thanks to session room sponsors Muckle and United Carlton and our delegate bag sponsors Ward Hadaway.