COO / Business Director

We have a network of CEO, finance and COO specialists who have experience working in Multi Academy Trusts (MATs).

They are available for part-time and interim contracts, or to support your own personnel moving into those roles.

Senior MAT Appointments

Selecting the right person to the role of Academy principal, business director or COO is crucial for future growth and sustainability.

We can guide your MAT through recruiting to these important roles, in an advisory or hands-on capacity.

MAT Growth Planning

We have worked with a number of MATs to create achievable three-to-five year strategies for growth.

This includes strategic and structural development, financial stability and defining and maintaining the MAT’s distinctive character and vision.

Project Management

Our experienced team have set up MATs and Free schools, managed academy conversions and school amalgamations, run major procurement exercises, grant applications and expressions of interest for new schools.

We can work alongside your own project director or in a standalone capacity.

Project Director

We have a number of experienced project directors who can provide strategic and operational oversight for a defined project.

This includes brokering educational, financial, legal and HR advice and helping to create highly effective and committed teams.

CEO Leadership Programme

We were commissioned by the Church of England to design and deliver its Leadership Programme for MAT CEOs, to enable current and aspiring CEOs to lead successful and sustainable MATs.

This can be tailored to your trust or academy chain.

Free Schools

Our consultants have considerable experience of the free school program, from start to successful opening of the the new school. We can help with the bid writing for the proposed free school, and project manage successful bids from pre-opening to opening of the new school.

We work in partnership with the proposer groups, offering a bespoke service, adding capacity as required and enabling a smooth transition to the opening of the free school that doesn't distract colleagues from their core activity of supporting their pupils' learning.

CEO / COO Mentoring

Taking on a new CEO or COO role can be daunting when there is no readily available peer network.

We have consultants who provide mentoring and ongoing support, acting as a critical friend and adviser to both newly appointed and established CEOs/COOs.


We have extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development.

We can organise and facilitate one-off training days and celebration events, or work with you to created ongoing development programmes.


We have developed a range of toolkits and guidance documents for MATs in areas including finance and school improvement.

Our MAT audit framework has been praised by MAT CEOs as a highly effective tool for identifying priorities and gaps in provision.

Marketing Audit

How secure is your reputation? We can audit your marketing and communications and recommend follow-up action plans to make sure that your reputation is what you want it to be.

We also provide ongoing support with parental and community engagement.

Brand and Identity

We will work with you to develop a distinctive and consistent brand for your MAT, including logo, website and promotional material.

As schools join your MAT, we can also refresh or rebrand depending on the school's context and need.