Shared Services for Further Education - Strategies for Results #ssfe12
26 Mar 2012
This conference was held at Eversheds HQ, 1 Wood Street, City of London, EC2V 7WS

Why you must view this conference:

• Get an insider’s briefing on what services FE colleges are successfully sharing and how best to maximise cost savings;

• Understand the obstacles and key success factors in commissioning shared services – quality, technical, legal, VAT and HR;

• Learn from your peers - eight FE colleges share their experiences of delivering shared services;

• Define your strategy for shared services – understand the structural differences between outsourcing, sharing collaboratively and centralising.

Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Asha Khemka OBE, Principal and CEO, Vision West Notts and winner of the Association of College’s Beacon Award for Staff Development
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair.

Bobbie McClelland, Deputy Director for Post-19 Landscape, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Sharing services and focusing resources.

Christine Doubleday, Director of Innovation and Delivery Models, 157 Group
The Collaboration and Shared Services Grant: delivering efficiencies, service improvements and organisational resilience in further education.

Lesley Templeman, Senior Project Manager - Shared Services Efficiency Projects, Association of Colleges
Collaboration and shared services.

Glynne Stanfield, Education Partner, Eversheds
Identifying the obstacles of shared services: overcoming the legal and VAT challenges. Session one - Setting the scene

Questions and Discussion
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Candy Munro, Merger Project, City of Glasgow College
Considering mergers and ventures.

Ian Taylor, Deputy Head, Gloucester Academy
Working with academies and trusts.

Dr Kathy Bland, Project Director, Shared Services, City of Sunderland College
Partnering with local authorities, universities and the NHS to utilise their size and experience of shared services.

Panel Discussion: How can we prioritise areas where collaboration is likely to bring most benefit in each organisation?
Session two - Models for delivery

Summary of the morning's session Interview with Glynne Stanfield, Education Partner, Eversheds
Andrew Thomson, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region
Case study: shared procurement amongst FE institutions.

Monica Owen, Director of Communications, NHS Shared Business Services
Transforming business support in the NHS: a case study - NHS Shared Business Services.

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Highbury College
Update from a Collaboration and Shared Services Grant Pilot area: Collaborative curriculum development.

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Dr Paul Jackson, Performance Improvement Adviser CIPFA
Key Issue Seminar 1: Learning shared lessons from across the public sector

Julian Sayer, Sales and Operations Director, Symmetry Ltd
Key Issue Seminar 2: Cloud accounting – enabling your future and overcoming the barriers in shared services.

Conference close