London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge 2023 School Business Leaders Conference & Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

Friday 30th June 2023

8.00am – 3.15pm

We are delighted to now be hosting once again this one-day annual Conference at the London Chigwell Prince Regent Hotel and to be welcoming back to this popular event both education suppliers and School Business Leaders and support staff from Waltham Forest, Redbridge and surrounding boroughs.

A range of Keynote Speakers will be delivering an exciting and varied programme covering a range of topics of interest to the target audience.  A full programme is available to view and download below.

The cost per delegate is £55.00 exc. VAT, including lunch and all refreshments throughout the day and any subsequent delegates from the same school will be eligible to a discounted place at a cost of £45.00 exc VAT per person.  Delegates should register below and note that a discount of £10.00 exc VAT per person will apply to bookings received by 9 June 2023.

Companies and organisations wishing to take a stand at this popular event should kindly contact us as soon as possible to secure their place and note that space is limited and can only be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Delegate Registration


London Chigwell Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex IG8 8AE

Event Speakers

Cheryl Hadland

Cheryl Hadland

Cheryl Hadland, MA(Ed), is the Founder and Managing Director of Hadland Care Group and Chair of GECCO (Green Early Years Champions for Change), a charity that shares good practice in sustainability within the early years sector. She was the founder sponsor of the APPG (Childcare and Early Education) in 2017 following political decisions that rocked all 3 pillars of sustainability, threatening the existence of good quality early years education even before covid, inflation and massive utilities increases came along. The nurseries follow SchemaPlay pedagogy and use the OMEP Education for Sustainability awards to audit environments and provide curriculum signposting. After 35 years working in early years, Cheryl believes that the sector has a vital responsibility to safeguard the healthy and prosperous future of children by doing what we can to embed sustainability in every decision we make. Tops became B.Corp in 2021, was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Sustainable Development) in 2022 for thought leadership and innovation in early years education. Tops were the first large group of nurseries where all settings had achieved Eco Schools Green Flags, SAS Plastic Free Champions and to operate at NetZero CO2e emissions overall. After studying sustainability with Cambridge University post-grad, she will defend her doctoral thesis on sustainability in the early years in 2024.
Laura Drury

Laura Drury

Laura began her professional career as a performer and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her passion lay in theatre; particularly Shakespeare, comedy and farce. She always felt she had great comic... wait for it... timing! She started delivering communication skills programmes as a ‘side-line’ but rapidly became interested in the psychology behind the work, and trained as a coach. She became passionate about helping others believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Laura is determined to help as many people as possible experience what positive psychology can do for them. Over the past eleven years, Laura has created, delivered and facilitated various training programmes at all levels within the public and private sectors. Some of her more recent clients include; EE, SSP, the CIPD, the Civil Service, Global and Exterion Media. She specialises in communication, impact, influence, coaching and leadership. Laura has also worked in education with the English Pocket Opera Company; devising opera workshops for children from ages 3 to 11. She has delivered physical education sessions based on mathematics for Key Stage 1 and facilitated programmes to raise financial awareness for teenagers. Described by her husband as vertically challenged (or just small), Laura is as spirited and determined as she is short. She is also warm, intuitive and has the ability to create an instant rapport with those she works with, using humour to help them push boundaries and go outside their comfort zones.
Laura Williams

Laura Williams

With over 15 years leadership experience in the education sector, Laura is a school leadership coach and trainer working with SBLs, Headteachers and CEOs. She also hosts the School Business Leadership podcast, runs the SBL Coaching Community and writes blogs whilst eating chocolate. A former COO, CFO and Business Manager with CIPD and specialist CIPFA qualifications, she is a school business leadership expert and champion of SBLs everywhere. In her spare time she enjoys watching questionable TV shows and making lists.
Pete Stopford

Pete Stopford

Pete is a policy adviser in the Department for Education, having worked on the schools national funding formula and school resource management. Currently the policy lead on School Business Professionals. Previously a secondary school teacher, assistant head of house and Business & Economics curriculum leader in West London, having completed the Teach First programme to follow his passion of supporting pupils who may not have the same opportunities as peers; and a management consultant for the public sector.
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Event Exhibitors

3P Learning
Capita and Entrust
Clever ICT
HBS Group
Kittle Visual Marketing
NASPM - National Association of School Premises Managers
New Era Technology
Playtime by Fawns
SAAF Education
School ICT
Schools Advisory Service
Stanley Baker Studios
Step Teachers
Tempest Photography
The Comms Guys
The Education Broker
The Education Space
Vision Teaching
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
Zen Educate
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