Vanessa Cook is an experienced practitioner offering business management support. She has worked in both the primary and secondary education sectors for over 29 years and has a wealth of knowledge across all elements of business management - Finance, HR, Admin, Facilities Management and IT.
Vanessa has a proven track record in strategic planning and bringing together multi-skilled teams to deliver efficiencies and effective business management.
She works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth and efficient running of back office and support services in order to enable front line staff to develop and generate the primary business of a school or company.
“I am a great believer in teamwork. I am versatile, well organised and self-motivated and keen to offer my knowledge and experience to schools and businesses.”
Vanessa has recently been working with primary schools both on a regular and ad hoc basis to improve efficiencies and ensure compliance across the business management spectrum.
She has also been retained by the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) as an Associate Practitioner; working, primarily within the East Midlands region, offering advice and support to members.
Vanessa has experience of working as part of the leadership team - contributing to whole school strategic planning, policy and decision making. Responsibilities covered all matters within the management of the school which are supportive to the teaching function. This included responsibility for Financial Management, Administrative Management, ICT, Human Resources, Estates Management, Health and Safety, Catering and Risk Management. She also project managed Capital and Change developments.