A Foreword on The MAT-Finance Awards

By Leora Cruddas

Leora CruddasCEOConfederationof School Trusts

I would encourage all Trust members to consider nominations for The MAT Finance Awards 2021. As a member of the judging panel, I am really looking forward to reviewing the entries later this year.

At the Confederation of School Trusts (CST), the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England advocating for, connecting and supporting executive and governance leaders, we are proud to support and represent more than half of the academy sector in England. 

Our mission is to build an excellent education system in England – every school is part of a strong and sustainable group in which every child is a powerful learner and adults learn and develop together as teachers and leaders. Not only do we seek to join up leadership across the system, but we also support executive and governance leaders through high-quality professional services.

Trust finance teams are absolutely critical to supporting objectives around building excellence in the system and so any initiative that supports the sharing of best practice is one we would absolutely welcome. This is why I am delighted to be involved with The MAT-Finance Awards, supported by IMP Software, which recognise the achievements of Trust finance professionals as well as effective leadership and governance in relation to finance. 

Our role is to support the development of Trusts, and the people working with them, so our direct involvement in The MAT-Finance Awards aligns perfectly with that ethos and mission. Trust finance teams have been under significant pressure throughout the past 17 months – and of course before the pandemic for different reasons such as changing policies and funding arrangements. 

Previously there was no such platform to shine a light on the fantastic work being done up and down the country by hard-working finance teams that has largely been done ‘behind the scenes, but now is the perfect time to celebrate their hard work and showcase their impact. 

I would encourage all Trust members to consider nominations for The MAT-Finance Awards 2021. As a member of the judging panel, I am really looking forward to reviewing the entries later this year.

Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees.

Leora

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