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David Allen

School Business Management Commercial Engagement lead, Schools Commercial Team, Department for Education
Fellow, ISBL

David Allen has extensive experience of working in both the public and private sector. David is a former Cluster School Business Manager, Finance Director of an academy, Regional Advocate for the National College and currently a fellow of ISBL. David has a long association with ISBL (formally NASBM) and has done much to support the professionalisation of School Business Management.

David’s experience also extends to having worked as a freelance consultant and more recently in a Local Authority overseeing academy conversions. David has a wealth of experience covering the operational, governance and leadership side in maintained Schools and Academies. He has over 17 years’ experience as a governor and is currently a trustee for the Mid Norfolk Academy Trust. Currently David works for the Department for Education in the Schools Commercial Team supporting the delivery of the Schools Buying Strategy.

The Schools’ Buying Strategy published in January 2017 set out the Department of Education’s aim to support schools save over £1bn a year by 2020 on non-staff spend. Since then the Schools Commercial Team has been working to deliver the aims of the strategy, engaging with School Business Professionals (SBP) to increase access to peer support through SBP networks.

From 1 February 2018, two pilot Schools Buying Hubs  will support schools with challenging and complex procurement tasks – one of the Hubs is in the SW region. They have reviewed and updated their tools and guidance to help headteachers and governors to support buyers to carry out their role effectively.

In addition, they are working with suppliers to ensure schools have easy access to the best value for money deals for things schools need, reducing complexities and providing greater transparency to ensure buyers get the right deal for them, every time.