Gloucestershire Association of School Business Management (GASBM) membership is open to all serving Business Managers, Bursars, School Administrators and Finance Officers in the area.
We are a thriving group with membership of over 200 schools; meetings are held three times a year with a combination of presentations and, increasingly, workshop style discussions. In addition we have a very successful and effective web forum which allows members to ask for support and advice on any aspects of school business management for example staffing, suppliers, policies and financial management.
We particularly work on a collaborative basis; we have self-support groups on academy conversion, including selection of solicitors, auditors and financial systems. We hold training sessions on a range of topics including Strategic Financial Planning, Managing Staff Reduction and Staff restructuring and redundancy. We have developed a detailed Benchmarking tool covering support staff which has been taken up by a number of Gloucestershire secondary schools.
We have held three fantastic annual conferences at Cheltenham Racecourse where sponsors and exhibitors were joined by more than 200 school business managers from across Gloucestershire and also from further afield including London, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. We are currently organising our fourth conference which will be held in June 2017.
Martin Doidge of Cirencester Deer Park School is currently Chair, Sue Dorey at Farmors School is Vice Chair, Sarah Gardiner at Cirencester Kingshill School is Secretary of the Association and Di Blackburn at Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School is Treasurer.