The AoC Winter Finance Conference is a one-day event covering the full range of issues for college finance professionals. The event will enable you to:

  • Get up to date details on current funding issues and changes in the 2019-20 funding round
  • Discuss how to effectively use the work placements capacity delivery fund
  • Learn how to plan and cost your curriculum most effectively and raise standards across your organisation.
  • Understand developments in apprenticeship funding
  • Network with colleges from across the country to share and discuss ideas and approaches to the challenges faced.

Date

29-01-2019

Venue

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton
130 Tottenham Court Road
London
United Kingdom
W1T 5AY

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.

Free cancellation before Saturday 29 December.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

Terms and Conditions
Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2626

Programme

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Speakers

Abbie Lloyd

Deputy Director, Apprenticeship Funding - Education and Skills Funding Agency

Abbie Lloyd is Deputy Director for  Apprenticeship Funding at the Department for Education, responsible for policy on funding for apprenticeships and for wider apprenticeships strategy. Prior to this, role Abbie was a Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, leading Consumer Policy and Strategy, and sector policy on Life Sciences. She has previously worked in the Shareholder Executive, HMT and in the Home Office including as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries.

Liz Maher

VAT Director

Formerly an HMRC VAT inspector and Indirect Tax Director with Ernst & Young, Liz, with 34 years VAT experience, is a Director of Centurion VAT Specialists. Centurion VAT began in 1998 as a subsidiary of the University of Wales, Newport to deliver Education specific VAT support across the sector. In 2007 Centurion spun out of the University and has continued its successful growth. It’s VAT Team is now the largest in the whole of Wales supporting clients across the UK and beyond. In 2013 the team won the Taxation award as the Best VAT Team in the UK beating Deloitte’s & KPMG to the title. In 2018 they were finalists again in the Best VAT Team category as well as the Best Single Office Practice.

A regular VAT speaker at events for the ICAEW, ACCA, AAT, BUFDG and Orca Law, Liz is also an active voice in the Business community through roles within the CBI and the Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

Bob Hill

Proprietor

Having worked in the sector for over 20 years, including senior management posts, Bob Hill offers an unrivalled breadth of experience in college curriculum planning, development and performance management for all income streams, including Apprentice provision. This is supported by a strong strategic perspective, analytical skills and an innovative approach.

Jerry White

Deputy Principal

In 2009 Jerry joined City College Norwich where he has been Deputy Principal since 2012. In this role, he has a lead responsibility for all aspects of the College’s provision, from 14-16 year old provision for Home Educated students to Higher Education.  Jerry is a Vice Chair of the Mixed Economy Group (MEG, the national body representing Colleges with over 500 FTE of HE students) and has been the College’s OFSTED nominee twice.  He also chairs the Deputies Group for the New Anglia Colleges Group, bringing together sector leaders from across Norfolk and Suffolk and is a member of the AoC Policy Group on Teaching and Learning and Assessment.   Jerry has also served as school governor at primary and secondary school levels.

Prior to working at City College Norwich, Jerry worked in Adult and Community Learning and began his career as a Sport Psychologist, lecturing at a University and working with elite sports teams and individual performers.

Claire Whitworth

Vice Principal FE | Senior Management Team

Claire Whitworth is the Vice Principal FE of Hartpury College and Hartpury University, a specialist Landbased and Sport institution with large residential provision. Hartpury was graded Ofsted Outstanding in 2018 and received TEF Gold in 2017. Claire oversees all College strategic and operational curriculum and quality aspects (full-time 16-19, AEB, apprenticeships and subcontracted provision) and is the quality nominee.  As such T-Levels and the Capacity and Development Fund are currently a key strategic focus for her and the team.

Julian Gravatt

Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges

Julian Gravatt is Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which represents and promotes the 269 Colleges in England. He leads AoC’s national policy team and works with the Chief Executive, David Hughes, on senior external/political engagement. He is part of AoC’s senior leadership team.

His day to day work involves representing Colleges to government at all levels with personal responsibility for funding, finance, regulation and pensions issues. He also advises college principals, governors and senior managers on these issues. Julian has a degree in history, started his career at the National Audit Office and has worked in the College sector since 1991, first as Registrar of Lewisham College in South London, then as Finance Director of the City Lit and more recently at AoC.

Abbie Lloyd

Abbie Lloyd is Deputy Director for  Apprenticeship Funding at the Department for Education, responsible for policy on funding for apprenticeships and for wider apprenticeships strategy. Prior to this, role Abbie was a Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, leading Consumer Policy and Strategy, and sector policy on Life Sciences. She has previously worked in the Shareholder Executive, HMT and in the Home Office including as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries.

Liz Maher

Formerly an HMRC VAT inspector and Indirect Tax Director with Ernst & Young, Liz, with 34 years VAT experience, is a Director of Centurion VAT Specialists. Centurion VAT began in 1998 as a subsidiary of the University of Wales, Newport to deliver Education specific VAT support across the sector. In 2007 Centurion spun out of the University and has continued its successful growth. It’s VAT Team is now the largest in the whole of Wales supporting clients across the UK and beyond. In 2013 the team won the Taxation award as the Best VAT Team in the UK beating Deloitte’s & KPMG to the title. In 2018 they were finalists again in the Best VAT Team category as well as the Best Single Office Practice.

A regular VAT speaker at events for the ICAEW, ACCA, AAT, BUFDG and Orca Law, Liz is also an active voice in the Business community through roles within the CBI and the Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

Bob Hill

Having worked in the sector for over 20 years, including senior management posts, Bob Hill offers an unrivalled breadth of experience in college curriculum planning, development and performance management for all income streams, including Apprentice provision. This is supported by a strong strategic perspective, analytical skills and an innovative approach.

Jerry White

In 2009 Jerry joined City College Norwich where he has been Deputy Principal since 2012. In this role, he has a lead responsibility for all aspects of the College’s provision, from 14-16 year old provision for Home Educated students to Higher Education.  Jerry is a Vice Chair of the Mixed Economy Group (MEG, the national body representing Colleges with over 500 FTE of HE students) and has been the College’s OFSTED nominee twice.  He also chairs the Deputies Group for the New Anglia Colleges Group, bringing together sector leaders from across Norfolk and Suffolk and is a member of the AoC Policy Group on Teaching and Learning and Assessment.   Jerry has also served as school governor at primary and secondary school levels.

Prior to working at City College Norwich, Jerry worked in Adult and Community Learning and began his career as a Sport Psychologist, lecturing at a University and working with elite sports teams and individual performers.

Claire Whitworth

Claire Whitworth is the Vice Principal FE of Hartpury College and Hartpury University, a specialist Landbased and Sport institution with large residential provision. Hartpury was graded Ofsted Outstanding in 2018 and received TEF Gold in 2017. Claire oversees all College strategic and operational curriculum and quality aspects (full-time 16-19, AEB, apprenticeships and subcontracted provision) and is the quality nominee.  As such T-Levels and the Capacity and Development Fund are currently a key strategic focus for her and the team.

Julian Gravatt

Julian Gravatt is Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which represents and promotes the 269 Colleges in England. He leads AoC’s national policy team and works with the Chief Executive, David Hughes, on senior external/political engagement. He is part of AoC’s senior leadership team.

His day to day work involves representing Colleges to government at all levels with personal responsibility for funding, finance, regulation and pensions issues. He also advises college principals, governors and senior managers on these issues. Julian has a degree in history, started his career at the National Audit Office and has worked in the College sector since 1991, first as Registrar of Lewisham College in South London, then as Finance Director of the City Lit and more recently at AoC.

Exhibitors

Headline Sponsor

Financial Services

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Education Finance from Sancus offers a specialist structured finance product designed specifically for the educational sector. It offers a long term funding solution but with short term flexibility. Dependent on requirements, we can offer two funding solutions, either our specialist Education Finance solution or Supply Chain Finance.

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Software Providers

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Dynistics helps colleges improve quality and performance by turning data into actionable insight. Innovative reporting software Active Dashboards gives colleges real-time, instant snapshots of KPIs like enrolment and retention rates or achievement levels throughout the year. Over 80 colleges already use Active Dashboards to optimise funding and drive performance. With information at their fingertips, users can make fast and well informed decisions, highlighting potential issues or areas for improvement with enough time to act.

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Consultancy Services

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Finalysis supports the Further Education sector as a leading independent consultant in the fields of Mergers, Debt Restructuring, Project Finance, and specialist support for banking, card acquiring and other financial services tendering. Achieving value for money being the focus. Finalysis has raised £1.2bn in project finance and has achieved over £6m of savings from banking, merchant services and treasury reviews.

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IT Providers

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A bespoke, tailored solution suite designed to connect with all your existing hardware and fully supported by our partners new hardware. As the only official partner of Pro Solution we integrate beautifully with all functions in the following areas: Access Control, Cashless payments, Industry placement management, Automatic register, Enrolment and visitor management, ID cards, Active directories, Tills and Stock control.

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Salix Finance provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. To date, Salix has funded over 17,000 projects with 2,300 public sector bodies, valued at £742 million. This is estimated to save the public sector over £164 million and reduce public sector carbon dioxide emissions by 788,272 tonnes annually.

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Education Services

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WPM Education’s unique service offering has been developed specifically for the higher and further education sectors, enabling institutions to deliver great online payment experiences and make confident decisions about how they accept payments now and in the future For nearly 20 years we have been working in partnership with the sector to analyse and benchmark how they are currently accepting payments, and collect and process payments through our Payment Platform.

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