Associate Practitioners

Dawn Boyes

I am Business Director at Keswick School, an academy in Cumbria, and have previous experience of working in a grammar school, an inner city secondary and a rural secondary school. I am a Fellow of NASBM and was previously a National College SBM Advocate. I am also a member of the professional body for accounting technicians (MAAT).

My areas of expertise and interest include developing effective/efficient financial systems, best practice in procurement, development of support staff, identifying and obtaining external funding, and managing capital projects. As part of a National College Demonstration project, I developed the role of SBM across two primary schools and have also worked with other secondary schools to look at best practice in developing procurement models across schools.


Nina Siddle

I am the Assistant Head responsible for Business and Development at Withernsea Primary School in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I have worked in the school for almost 20 years and have seen my role develop from Senior Administration Officer to School Business Manager to Assistant Head. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education for the Humber Teaching School, a governor at three schools, and have been both a National College School Business Partnership Adviser and a National College SBM Advocate.

I previously led a SBM demonstration project for the National College, supporting other local primary schools and helped to develop a local SBM Forum for East Riding. I have supported many schools, Head teachers and governors on various aspects of school business management, including budget reviews and planning, support for newly appointed Headteachers, recruitment and induction of SBMs, staffing reviews and re-structures and governance reporting.


Lorraine Hill

I am the Director of Business and Finance for Treviglas Community College, an outstanding maintained secondary school with a post-16 provision, community sports centre and fitness suite, in Cornwall. I am an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)-qualified accountant and have experience in financial management, management reporting, cost reduction, budgeting, processes and leadership. I have more than 20 years of business experience, 12 at a senior level, prior to joining the education sector and I have also been a Governor for an infant school in Warwickshire.


Russell Dalton

I became a SBM nine years ago after a full career in the Army. Since leaving the Army I have worked at Pershore High School and, along with my business team, support a number of primary schools in Worcestershire. I thrive on the entrepreneurial aspect of the role which has seen me form a trading arm for the school, which now turns over in excess of £500,000 a year. I am an avid advocate for collaborative working and helped form the local Business Management Network in Worcestershire, which I proudly chair.  I also regularly work in an advisory capacity at local and national level.   


David Allen

I have worked in academy and non-academy schools in the primary and secondary sector, including ‘All through’ schools, and until recently I was Finance and Operations Director at a secondary academy in Norfolk. I have also been a National College SBM Advocate, and have contributed to several SBM demonstration projects.

I am a founding member of the Association of Business Managers in Norfolk Schools, and have been a school governor for more than 10 years, through which I am well placed to understand the challenges and issues that schools and SBMs face daily.


Wendy Farrier

I worked in infant, day special and residential special schools in Kent for 21 years before moving to North Somerset two years ago where I am the SBM at Backwell School, a large secondary academy in Bristol. I report directly to the Headteacher and also act as Company Secretary. I am an active member of local SBM groups and of the Finance Directors Forum.  I have also been a Chair of Governors at two federated grammar schools. 

My experience and areas of interest cover the breadth of school business management and I have supported a Special School and a Secondary Federation to appoint a Business Manager to a new role within their school, working with them throughout the recruitment and induction process. 


Vanessa Cook

Having worked in primary and secondary schools for more than 23 years, latterly co-ordinating conversion to academy status, I have experience across all elements of school business management, with specific interests in project and change management. I have been involved in strategic planning and bringing together multi-skilled teams to deliver efficiencies and effective services to support the schools in which I have worked.

Recently, I decided to become self-employed, offering business management services to schools that may not have the resources to employ a full-time business manager or require someone to step in to cover specific projects or temporary vacancies. 


Jane Durkin

I have worked in education for more than 20 years in primary, secondary and academy schools and am currently working for Lordswood Academies Trust in Birmingham as the Academies Finance and Services Director. My career has seen me working in deprived and affluent areas, each of which bring different challenges, and have provided a wealth and robust knowledge in finance, personnel and site management. Working at a strategic level, I have led on change management and restructures along with mentoring colleagues new to their roles, quite often in challenging circumstances. I am an active supporter of my local SBM group and recently held the post of Chair of the NASBM Advisory Council.


Peter Melville

I am the School Business Director at William Edwards School in Essex, a secondary convertor academy, and have a background in community and project development work before moving into school business and financial management. I have worked at other schools as the lead of two school sports partnerships and am also a school governor.

My areas of expertise lie in staff development, academy conversion, capital projects and marketing and, as a Specialist Leader of Education, I am currently supporting a number of schools going through the process of academy conversion.


Jill McCall

I have worked in the education sector for more than 15 years in a variety of settings and was part of the Educational Financial Services team within the Local Authority for more than five years, supporting Head teachers, governors and finance staff. I currently work as Director of Finance and Business at Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, a large Catholic secondary academy with a sixth form in Sussex. I recently completed the School Business Director Programme through the National College and am passionate about raising the profile of SBM professionals. Having gone through the process of academy conversion, I am also keen to share the many lessons learnt with my peers.


Charles Turvill

I am currently working as SBM at Benfield School, in Newcastle, which is a LA maintained secondary school, serving a deprived inner city area. Prior to this role, I worked in the private sector, for large and small companies, and have held senior positions covering general operations and finance. I have been a governor at a local LA-maintained primary school for 11 years and am also currently a governor at a large sponsored primary academy, so have a good exposure to some of the current challenges that primary schools face.

While I believe that I have a broad range of knowledge and skills covering many operational areas, I particularly enjoy the challenges around strategic financial planning.