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Stephen Morales

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, both in the UK and abroad. Stephen presided over the development and implementation of nationally recognised school business leadership professional standards and led the transition from the National Association of School Business Management to the Institute of School Business Leadership. Stephen works closely with the Department for Education in areas of policy reform, and his commitment to research to aid our self-improving system includes ongoing engagement with international jurisdictions including Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

  • Assessing the national funding landscape, regional disparities in financial contexts and how school business managers can respond to local needs
  • Discussing what makes a successful school business manager and the next steps in driving professional development
  • Exploring how academies can build financial resilience and improve the skills and capacity of senior leaders to deliver outstanding financial management
  • Examining how trusts can identify skill deficiencies and ensure their operational structures support the deployment of talented financial leaders