What sets Sally apart?

Sally is an expert advisor within the Bishop Fleming Advisory team specialising in matters of governance, both within the education and general charity sector.  She focuses on a quality relationship, to understand and support the situation at hand.

Sally works closely with both the ESFA and the RSC office and has significant experience of supporting academy trusts through periods of financial challenge and potential transfer.

She has a passion for education and works collaboratively to review and improve governance practices within charities, supporting trustees to focus on strategic priorities, to improve the effectiveness of governance.

Sally has had extensive experience as a trustee since 2008, and is currently chair of trustees at Torquay Girls Grammar School, one of the top performing secondary schools in the country. She is also trustee with the South West Academic Trust.  As a trustee, she has experience of school evolution from local authority to academy, and also the formation and growth of multi academy trusts.

Sally has been accredited by the Department for Education as a “highly effective chair” and was one of the first cohorts designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG)  in 2012, to support and work with trust boards to improve the quality of governance. As the focus on trustees effectiveness continues, Sally’s experience and expertise is highly valued with her collaborative and supportive approach.

Her annual training program incorporates training and regular update sessions direct from the DfE and she has successfully completed the most recent Governance Leadership Programme, with GovernorSpace, entrust, in partnership with the DfE.

Sally has worked as an accountant and business advisor for over 25 years and understand the complexity and accountability associated with financial responsibility in many guises.


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Sally's service expertise

Audit and Assurance
  • Working with trusts to review both governance and financial management
  • Supports trusts with financial conditions and/or restrictions imposed by ESFA
  • Supports trust boards to improve governance arrangements where deployed as an NLG in conjunction with the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC)

Sally's sector expertise

  • Trained by Department for Education to undertake External Reviews of Governance (ERG)
  • Combines this with financial expertise to support academies assess and improve the effectiveness of governance
  • Uses the competency framework for governance and works with trustees to assess their skills and form an action plan to focus on development

We chose Bishop Fleming for our Governance and Financial Management Reviews, in good faith and without previously having worked with them. The whole exercise bore much more fruit than we expected. We were delighted with their speed of response and their extensive expertise which resulted in a hugely thorough report. The very clear partnership relationship throughout, was clearly evident in the final report which was hugely powerful for the board.

ACE Schools MAT chose Bishop Fleming to conduct a review of governance based on previous consultancy work and the fact that they have a national leader of governance. The work commissioned was well planned and delivered in accordance with the agreed timescales and included several meetings as well as attendance at a Board Meeting. It was clear that we had engaged a team of experience and knowledge which engaged all the key stakeholders in the process. The final report and outcome was formally presented to our Board of Trustees who now have an action plan to improve our organisations governance processes. I’m sure we will be looking to Bishop Fleming to help and continue to support us on our journey.

The exercise deepened our understanding of the world of academies and enabled us to be precise in prioritising and implementing urgent actions.  At the outset it felt like Bishop Fleming would be working with us; that is exactly what happened!  Thank you for constructive advice and a critical friend approach.


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