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A bit about us - and how we can help you


SAAF Education was established in 2011 to provide schools, academies and trusts with bespoke, high-quality business support services



Our definitive aim is to save our clients time and money, so they can focus on educational excellence and pupil care!

We work with over 500 schools, academies, and trusts to provide bespoke support in financial management, payroll, supply & recruitment, internal audit and asset management.

Our services are designed and built by experts with notable backgrounds in these specialist areas.

Recognising that every school has a diverse set of requirements, our services are tailored to meet your school, academy, or trust’s needs.

Did you know?


70% of business in 2020 and 2021 was solely through recommendations! 

Who do we work with?

We work with professionals in many roles – from administrators to chief executive officers. We also match candidates looking to take the next step in their career within education with our portfolio of clients.

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Our core values

Our core values are embedded in our daily practice


Our definitive aim is to save our clients time, money, and resources. We define success through our client’s experience and build long lasting relationships


We uphold high standards of compliance and regulation. We’ll always be present, connecting with transparency, trust, and respect


We're consistently refining our services and optimising performance in each of our service areas. We empower our clients to deliver the highest educational standards


We dare to be different, challenging the status quo through our determination to deliver fantastic results and a great service for our clients

Meet team SAAF

Andi Brown


Su Johal


Matt Lydon


Domanique Beckford


Mia Penny

Head Of Marketing

Neil Pope

Technical Finance Manager

Andrew Pole

Assistant Director

Rosemarie Jackson

Senior Account Manager

Vicky Butters

Assistant Director

Sarah Trim

Senior Account Manager

Tom Stanton

Recruitment Branch Manager

Natasha Ingham

Recruitment Branch Manager

Jennifer Fagan

Recruitment Branch Manager

Steve Cox

Recruitment Branch Manager

Nicola Sokala

HR Service Manager

Andrew Nesbeth

Client Office Manager

Liam Miller

Primary Manager

Our services

We recognise that every school, academy and trust has different needs – that's why we tailor our services to meet your specific requirements. There’s a reason why over 500 schools, academies and trusts choose SAAF

Need help managing your school, academy, or trust’s finances? Get the support you need, with guidance from our dedicated team of education finance experts. Our helpdesk is open 8am-8pm for all your finance, software or accounting queries!

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Compliant, cost-effective and efficient. Our dedicated team make paydays hassle-free.

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We supply and recruit teaching and support professionals in various school settings. 24/7 support. Fixed margins. No temp-to-perm fee.

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From budget setting to payroll onboarding, our sessions are designed to help you sharpen your skills and knowledge.

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Keep your financial accounts in check with a thorough audit and health check.

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Manage your institution's assets in a more efficient and effective way.

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We have an unrivalled knowledge of the education sector and understand the extensive processes involved with MAT setup and expansion.

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Hire one of our senior consultants to perform the role of a chief financial officer at your school, academy or trust.

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Their level of knowledge and expertise is what we needed.

CEO, Willows Academy Trust

Great service provided by SAAF. I know that I can contact them to sort out any issues.

Business Manager, Foxwood Academy

I am new to my role as Finance Manager and I could not find the SAAF team more helpful and supportive, nothing is ever too much trouble. Fantastic company and service. Thank you.

Finance Manager, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School

The breadth of knowledge and understanding from within the education sector is a core strength we value immensely. I would describe the services as responsive, solution-focused, and flexible to our needs.

CEO, Raleigh Learning Trust

We think you offer a great service at a great price. We have worked with you for a very long time now and have always been impressed by the quality that you offer. Great job!

CEO, Nottingham Schools Trust

We have worked with SAAF for over 2 years, and they have yet to let us down. Our consultant has been fantastic throughout this time and has been open and honest about every aspect of our interactions, always going the extra mile to support us. I would recommend their services to anybody without hesitation.

Acting Deputy Head, Hull Primary School

SAAF provide the school with a high-quality level of support and advice. Our advisor is always helpful and responds quickly to any queries. He has extremely good knowledge of budgetary issues that may affect the school and is on hand to offer advice.

School Business Manager, West Bridgford Infant School

The team are easily contacted via telephone or email and always respond promptly to our calls. We have had excellent service from them and would fully recommend them.

Headteacher, Seely Primary School

Our academy conversion was successful due to the commitment, knowledge and willingness of SAAF to go that extra mile. The time and expertise which was brought to the project was immeasurable. The icing on the cake was the professional attitude and conduct of the company, answering emails (all times of the day), giving advice and researching new ideas and presenting them to myself and governors.

CEO, Transform Trust

SAAF consultants are very knowledgeable and offer timely guidance and support. Governors are pleased with the service received from SAAF. Highly recommended to school considering financial support packages.

Headteacher, Sneinton C of E Primary School

The response to queries is fast and the guidance and support given is relevant and productive. We highly recommend SAAF as a company that ensure quality service that you can be confident about. SAAF helps you sleep easy at night! No worries!

Headteacher, St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy

The consultant assigned to our school, always goes the extra mile to help me, with any problems that arise.

School Business Manager, Southglade Primary School

Thank you so much for your ongoing support; SAAF have been a life saver for us!

Business Manager, Idsall School

Regarding SAAF, our Trust has found them a very valued partner who are both knowledgeable and responsive to our requests. They have worked with us on numerous projects and are always available when we have needed them.

Accountant, Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership

Having had a poor experience with a previous external payroll provider, we entered into a new SLA with SAAF. From the initial presentation through to the diligence shown throughout the transfer the experience has been so different to what we have experienced before. Queries are answered quickly and diligently and nothing seems to be too much trouble. We are very much looking forward to a long-term relationship with SAAF.

School Business Manager , Allestree Woodlands School

Excellent financial services for a Multi Academy Trust.

Chief Executive Officer, Lubavitch Multi Academy Trust

I have found your service to be extremely professional and am so happy we came to you.

Business Manager , Heritage Park and Holgate Meadows Schools

The team have been a great support at a time of staff shortages. They quickly picked up our systems and processes and worked with us to improve them to keep business continuity, just what we needed and we are still working with SAAF, one year on.

Business Manager, The Misbourne

The financial support has been first class with highly trained people providing expert advice and guidance.

Headteacher, Claremont Primary and Nursery School

‘We have only been working with you for a couple of months and so far this has been a very positive and enjoyable experience, you listen and advise accordingly, you are very reactive with your responses and have helped to keep our transition from one provider to another as smooth as possible.’

Deputy School Business Manager, Allestree Woodlands School

In partnership with

Association of Business Leaders in Education
IRIS - Accredited Support and Training Partner
Institute of School Business Leadership - Approved Partner
ICS Funding Services
Crescent Purchasing Consortium - Framework Supplier

Customer loyalty programme

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and that’s why we want to reward them for their loyalty.  Find out more about our customer referral scheme

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