Gloucestershire Association of School Business Management (GASBM) membership is open to all serving Chief Operating Officers, Finance Directors, Business Managers, Bursars, School Administrators and Finance Officers who work in Schools or Academies or who are accountable for Schools or Multi Academy Trusts within Gloucestershire.
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 and we hold training sessions on a range of topics including Strategic Financial Planning, Managing Staff Reduction, Data Protection, Procurement and Health & Safety accreditation. In conjunction with the Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Heads we have developed a comprehensive benchmarking tool covering key performance indicators across all aspects of school operations which is used by most Gloucestershire secondary schools.
We have held three fantastic annual conferences at Cheltenham Racecourse where sponsors and exhibitors have joined more than 200 school business managers from across Gloucestershire and further afield including London, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. We are currently organising our fifth conference which will be held in June 2019.
Martin Doidge of Cirencester Deer Park School is currently Chair, Sue Dorey at Farmors School is Vice Chair, Gill Taylor of Barnwood Park Arts College is Secretary of the Association and Di Blackburn at Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School is Treasurer.