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AoC SE Finance Directors’ Network

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Date(s) - 18/05/2018
10:00 am - 2:30 pm





A long standing, lively senior management network which continues to be an invaluable resource for Finance Directors across the region.

With input from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, colleagues are kept apprised of the latest updates on the key challenges affecting the sector.

A range of external organisations have also offered input, including Barclays, Highlander Computing Solutions, Nucleus Commercial Finance and BDO.

Group discussions feature at every network, giving delegates the opportunity to raise any concerns or challenges, as well as share best practice with the group members.

This network benefits from the experience of two Chairs: David Moir, Deputy Principal Finance and Resources at Basingstoke College of Technology and Biram Desai, Vice Principal Corporate Services at Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Upcoming meeting

10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:30 Welcome and introductions

David Moir, Deputy Principal Finance & Resources, Basingstoke College of Technology and Biram Desai, Vice Principal Corporate Services, Sussex Coast College, Hastings

10:40 Education and Skills Funding Agency – update

Speaker TBC, Education and Skills Funding Agency

11:10 Questions & discussion
11:30 The GDPR countdown is on! Are you ready?

  • What this reform means
  • Practical way to approach your compliance
  • Positives coming out of GDPR and how to make it work for you

Stuart Padgham, Partner, Irwin Mitchell Law

11:50 Questions & discussion
Mergers – college experiences
12:10 Merger experience and the Transaction Unit

Biram Desai, Vice Principal Corporate Services, Sussex Coast College

12:25 Merger experience

John McGrath, Vice Principal Corporate Services, Buckinghamshire College Group

12:40 Questions and group discussion
13:00 Networking lunch
13:30 Eversheds update

Speaker TBC

13:50 Questions & discussion
14:10 Best practice in curriculum planning and costing (a case-study in approaching the development of Drake Lane Associates’ 4CAST software)

  • Key requirements of a planning and costing system (including financial benefits)
  • Options for approaching curriculum planning and costing
  • Best practice and potential pitfalls
  • How these factors have influenced the development of 4CAST

Edward Drake, Managing Director, Drake Lane Associates Ltd

14:30 Questions & discussion
14:40 Regional activity and updates

  • AOSEC regional update

AOSEC representative

  • Regional activity

Opportunity for colleagues to feedback on activity taking place in their college and raise any concerns or issues.

14:55 Any other business

Including: date / venue / topics for next session

15:00 Close

“Excellent meeting and sharing of experiences.”
Shaneel Shajpal, Godalming College

“Very relevant and useful.”
Asad Shah, Activate Learning

This network is open to AoC SE network subscribers and AoC member colleges.


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