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Stephen Morales

Chief Executive,
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)

Stephen has a 20-year career history in operations and finance, working at a senior level in the public and private sectors. He has managed significant change management and quality assurance programmes. Stephen has held the position of Finance Director both in the UK education system and internationally. Stephen returned to the UK in 2007 and has since worked closely with the Department for Education in areas of policy reform. Stephen presided over the development and implementation of nationally recognised school business management professional standards and in 2017 led the transition from the National Association of School Business Management to the Institute of School Business Leadership.

  • Assessing the development of the role of school business manager and understanding the requirements expected of financial leaders in an academy context
  • Analysing the ISBL professional standards and sharing how finance leaders can use the ISBL self-assessment tool to chart skills and experience development
  • Evaluating how financial planning and management can be utilised to enhance teaching and learning within an academy
  • Sharing lessons and ideas on harnessing financial leadership to maximise efficiencies and value for money
  • Understanding how finance leaders can meet the challenges of restrained budgets, managing deficits and adapting to the emergence of the National Funding Formula