‘Exploring Ethnicity: School Business Leadership in England’ with The Key and ABBLed


This week, Stephan Morales, CEO, joined a podcast with Cheryl Campbell, Business, Finance and Operations Director at Thomas Tallis School, Founder of ABBLed (Association BAME Business Leaders in Education) and Caroline Doherty, Head of Education Strategy at The Key, to talk about the recently released ISBL ‘Exploring Ethnicity: School Business Leadership in England’ research report. 

We acknowledge that the report found very limited BAME representation in the school business profession and look at practical ways it can be increased. We also think about the lack of visibility of the school business profession and the ways in which that could be addressed.

Colleagues talked about: 

  • Cheryl’s journey into school business leadership 

  • Why she created ABBLed and how it works with ISBL 

  • The need for parity of esteem for school business leaders alongside leaders of teaching and learning 

  • How to attract talent into the school business profession, including the importance of different routes in and wider access to training and qualifications

  • Why it is important for BAME individuals to tell their stories, as those interviewed for the research have done, so others can understand the impact of their actions or their silence 

  • How now is a time for us all to reflect and strive to do better

  • Potential ways SBLs from BAME backgrounds can progress in their careers, including mentoring, training and becoming a governor 

  • The importance of role models 

  • The future for ABBled and its collaboration with ISBL


Yon access the podcast here.

You can read the full Exploring Ethnicity School Business Leadership in England report here.

Follow ABBLed on Twitter here and learn more about its work .

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