Booking for the ISBA Annual Conference 2017 Now Open

Booking for the ISBA Annual Conference 2017 Now Open

Posted: 14 March 2017

Online booking is now open for member schools to attend this year's ISBA annual conference in Manchester.  The event, which will be held at the Manchester Convention Central Complex from 17th to 18th May, will offer bursars and senior management staff in schools the opportunity to hear from a range of experts working in the sector and visit an exhibition of more than 110 professional advisers and suppliers.

Tim Shipman, political editor for the Sunday Times, will open the conference this year with his session titled 'Inside the Battle for Brexit' exploring the recent political events that have stunned the world.  Professor Joe Nellis will also be welcomed back to the event to discuss the economy and his predictions for the future, particularly for independent schools.  The last session to close the event on 18th May will see keynote speakers Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson, co-presenters of the popular Radio 4 programme 'Future Proofing', taking a look at how the concept of their programme can be translated to schools today.

Throughout the two days delegates will be able to choose from a selection of interactive panel and update sessions covering the key issues facing schools including finance, compliance, leadership trends, fundraising, cyber security, the particular challenges facing smaller schools, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and reputation management amongst many others.

The culmination of the conference will be the association's annual gala evening on Thursday 18th May where the BBC's legal correspondent and comedy writer Clive Coleman will be the guest after-dinner speaker.

The ISBA's professional development director, Paul Simpson, said: "the past nine months have seen a seismic shift in the political, economic and sociological environment our schools are operating in.  This year's conference attempts to bring some clarity to events, but even more importantly, offer schools the guidance they need to face the challenges that lie ahead.  Our conference is renowned for being a welcoming, interactive event and this year's will certainly be no different.  The event will be hosting an exceptionally large number of experts offering practical advice - those looking to find an answer to the big questions affecting schools today will have come to the right place".