He has significant experience of advising executive teams and boards in the social housing, corporate and, for well over 10 years, education sectors.
Nick works with boards and executive teams to help them navigate the landscape together with helping them spot and take opportunities. He is regularly used by education clients as an external sounding board on strategic issues, using his expertise to make the complex simple. His clients include some of the largest school trusts in the country.
Over the last 10 years, Nick has contributed regularly to the debate on key issues impacting the sector. He also has excellent relationships with sector bodies such ASCL, CST and NGA regularly speaking at their conferences and collaborating on joint projects.
Nick was invited to join the board of the Foundation for Education Development, a CIC established to promote a long-term plan for education in England. Its work involves bringing together policy influencers from education, business, politics and beyond.
Supporting a consortium of leading school trusts - Outwood Grange Academies Trust, Harris Federation, Oasis Community Learning and Star Academies – on their successful bid for the DfE's Institute of Teaching tender with the contract providing over £120m of funding.
Working with Greenwood Academies Trust on the commercialisation and development of their innovative cloud-powered EdTech solution for 3-19 education providers through a its subsidiary company, Our Learning Cloud.
Facilitating a strategy day for Potteries Educational Trust’s board, executive leaders and local governors including providing a “provocation” session on effective governance.
“Nick has been our client partner since 2018. In all aspects Nick has been responsive, timely and professional. He has quickly gained a knowledge and understanding of our Trust to ensure that advice is relevant and considered. His expertise has also ensured that I have felt confident in the advice provided.”
“I have worked closely with Nick for more than a decade on a vast range of subjects and projects, very often which were at the forefront of thinking in the sector. Nick’s insight, deep interest in education and wisdom have proved invaluable in helping me and my organisation successfully navigate numerous challenging issues and capitalise on many opportunities.”
“Nick is a brilliant lawyer but more than this he is a kind and thoughtful person who is passionate about education. His thought leadership contributes to making the education sector stronger. His professional generosity is an important feature of his work – he works with a range of national organisations, including the Confederation of School Trusts, and his contributions nationally are well regarded and respected.”
This guidance has been prepared to support academy trusts (Trusts) who want to hold a fully virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) or a hybrid AGM, as we know that Trusts may want to be prepared for future disruption as well as having a general interest in holding more meetings virtually. The guidance also applies to other meetings of the Members (known as General Meetings).
We’re pleased to collaborate with Lloyds Bank, who recently asked us and audit and risk specialists Crowe UK to offer guidance that academy trusts would find helpful when considering setting up a trading subsidiary.
Browne Jacobson’s education team has again been confirmed as a national powerhouse after securing five Tier 1 rankings relating to Education in the latest edition of Legal 500 and maintaining a Band 1 UK-wide ranking for Education in Chambers & Partners UK 2023.
National law firm Browne Jacobson has grown its team behind its dedicated Space + Time executive coaching programme with the addition of two more qualified coaches who will work with clients in the education sector.
Catch up for part 2 of our education training videos, exploring the role of digital transformation on our education system.
Catch up on our on-demand video to see the latest in our series looking at how the education sector is rising to the challenge and should look forward with optimism.
View our on-demand video where Education Partners Nick MacKenzie and Dominic Swift discuss the approach to members and board meetings in the ‘new normal’ considering the benefits of virtual meetings and discuss how in the longer-term, boards might combine virtual and in-person meetings to be more effective.
This on-demand video looks at the options for decision making, tips for managing ‘virtual meetings’, changes you may want to adopt permanently and set out options for effective AGMs.
We set out to explore two key related issues: the leadership challenge and how should the sector respond; and what the sector should be doing so that it can be trusted to hold itself to account within a self-improving school-led system.