With greater uncertainty around student numbers, revenue, commercial research and international study opportunities across the Further and Higher Education sectors there is an increased need for Colleges and Universities to have clarity around the risks they face.
Managing Risks

Register for our webinar, which will take place on 22 September 2020 at 14.00, when we’ll consider how these risks can be managed and the key obstacles and issues. The webinar will last for 45 minutes.

Gallagher’s Public Sector and Education Division is working with one of the leading accountancy and professional services firms RSM to address the environment ahead and provide insight on how best to navigate through these difficult times.

Our speakers

Phil Webster BA (Hons) MIRM / Executive Director – Education, Gallagher

Phil has over twenty-five years Insurance and Risk Management experience dealing with both commercial and education institutions. For all of his insurance career he has worked for insurance brokers with the last fifteen years focused on the education, sector - from schools to colleges to universities.

He heads the Education Practice within Gallagher’s specialist Division and provides both technical and strategic input and advices on insurance programme structure, procurement, emerging risks and best practice. He has authored a number of technical papers addressing issues facing the sector on amongst other risk topics, Travel Risk Management, Social Engineering and Cyber & Data Protection exposures. Phil is a Chair of Governors at a local primary school and takes an interest in all aspects of the world of education.

Lisa Randall, Partner, RSM

Lisa is a qualified accountant and career internal auditor working across the Not for Profit and corporate sectors.

As an Internal Audit and Risk Assurance Partner, Lisa is responsible for the North West Internal Audit Faculty and is RSM’s National Head of Higher Education. Lisa has co-authored RSM’s thought leadership publications with RSM’s Higher Education sector group on risk management, assurance frameworks and value for money. Lisa works with universities and colleges supporting their risk and control frameworks, advising Boards on good governance and control advice.

Stephanie Mason, Partner, RSM

Stephanie is head of further education, skills and academies at RSM, advising organisations in the sector on a wide range of financial, funding, audit and governance issues.

Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience of working in the sector. She has worked for the main funding agency and thus understands the perspective and needs of the funder/regulator as well as her clients. Stephanie is a former council member of the General Teaching Council for England and a former college governor. In addition to working with colleges, training providers and academy trusts to help them achieve their objectives, Stephanie works with the funding agencies on funding assurance and in implementing policies.

Stephanie has a Masters in charity accounting and financial management, having completed a dissertation on college mergers. She is now researching governance with the aim of achieving a PhD and influencing practices.

Theresa Guermellou, Partner, RSM

Theresa leads the finance transformation and Planful practice within technology and management consulting. She is a finance professional with 20 years’ finance and consulting experience delivering technology-enabled business change projects. Her experience is focused around finance transformation (organisation, process, reporting and technology) with a specific focus on management accounting and commercial finance. Theresa has helped many organisations, including the education sector, transform the way Finance supports the business with the responsibility of delivering against strategic objectives.

Theresa started her career in industry, qualifying as an accountant working for Argos. She joined Deloitte in 1998 and spent 20 years leading finance transformation, technology-enabled change projects and providing advisory services to clients including: Sainsburys, Activision Blizzard, Freshfields, British Airways, Johnson & Johnson, The Gym Group and Christie’s. Between 2008 – 2011 Theresa spent three years as Deputy Director of Finance at the Home Office, providing leadership to teams delivering strategic planning, business case / investment appraisals, management and financial reporting, debtor management and operational performance management.

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