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Office Managers' Meeting 30.01.24

By Sadie Wiles, CFO, OWN Trust

This meeting was part of the regular updates for Office Managers, mainly on finance and HR but also on other areas of the Trust, such as IT.

Office managers and staff from the schools and the shared services team attended the meeting including Samantha Bottomley (Office Manager - Nene Valley), Aga Celary (Finance Administrator - Woodston), Sharon Davey (Office Manager - Woodston), Nicola Foy (HR Officer - Trust), Andrea Hatfield, (HR Administrator - Woodston), Sophie Lewis (Finance Officer - Trust), Kate McLaughlin (Office Manager - Orton Wistow), Sadie Wiles (Chief Finance Officer - Trust).

We are revising our current budget and the main topic of the day was updating on any changes that are relevant in relation to funding, central costs, etc. We did some training on forecasting and looked at some reports on our budgeting system that can help with budget re-forecasting. A discussion took place about future meetings and training that the Office Managers thought would be useful to support their work going forward.

The meeting was a great opportunity to meet up and ask questions. It offers a chance to network and is creating a support structure for all involved. Office Managers have time to see how tasks are carried out in the other offices to streamline their own procedures.