Justin Smith

Managing Director, Chameleon Training and Consultancy. Following a career spent in private sector business development and marketing, Justin moved into the education sector over 17 years ago and has worked in 3 large secondary schools in Suffolk and Norfolk. The most recent of which was Wymondham College, the largest state boarding school in the country, with responsibility for international and domestic marketing strategies, developing fundraising opportunities and introducing commercial sponsorships with business. In 2017 Justin established his own business, Chameleon Training and Consultancy, designed to provide specialist marketing, income generation and bid writing services to the education sector. Justin is a vastly experienced bid writer with a strong track record in raising funds for schools via conventional trust funds, grants and sponsorships. To date Justin has raised over £3 million in additional income for schools and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. Justin was awarded the NASBM Marketing Award in 2015 and became a NASBM Fellow in 2017.

Christine Bayliss

Christine runs her own company offering consultancy and support to academy trusts, schools and local authorities. Until 2015 she worked in the DfE heading up the South East, South London Regional Free Schools Implementation team, leading on Academy Funding Policy and advising Big Lottery on Change Management and Strategy. She has served as chair of governors of a primary school and is currently Vice Chair with responsibility for Standards on the Board of Trustees of Aurora Academy Trust based in Sussex.

Sonia Gill

Founder and Director of Heads Up, and author of 'Successful Difficult Conversations in School' (ranked #1 on Amazon) is an educational leadership coach who supports school leaders to create ‘Outstanding’ schools. She is a qualified teacher and a successful business leader, leading multi-million-pound businesses and teams of hundreds. Her company, Heads Up, has supported hundreds of school leaders make their difficult conversations more successful and a lot less stressful

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