Finance Consultancy

Finance Consultancy

Finance Consultancy for Schools and Academies

The Babcock Education Finance Consultancy Team provides independent financial advice and training to school and academy finance staff and senior leadership.  Our specialist team is dedicated to offering a flexible and targeted service at strategic, managerial and operational levels to assist schools and academies to meet their educational and statutory responsibilities. 

Remember - to access most of our finance consultancy content you need to subscribe to our finance consultancy service.  If your school is a subscribing school please use the new weblink to access content or contact us if you have any queries:

How can we support your school or academy?

How can we support your school or academy?

  • Academy/Multi-Academy Trust conversion services
  • Subscription service
  • Additional finance consultancy support - contact us direct
  • Helpdesk for subscribing schools - contact your Link Finance Consultant for general finance support
  • Training, conferences and masterclasses
  • User guides, including 'how to produce teacher salary statements in FPS'

Finance Consultancy Team - About Us

Karl Murphy-Barnes, Schools Finance Consultancy Team Lead, Babcock LDP

Karl Murphy-Barnes is the Lead for the Schools Finance Consultancy Team at Babcock LDP, overseeing a team responsible for supporting schools and academies within Devon, including financial advice and recovery.  He has previously worked within education funding in local authorities; most recently for Hampshire County Council, where he developed the local funding formulae, worth £730 million, and produced budgets for 530 schools and academies.  He has 19 years’ experience in assisting with budget planning within the public sector, including working alongside the education and adult care services within Norfolk County Council.


The Team

The team consists of 6 Education Finance Consultants and 1 Associate with combined experience of over 100 years supporting schools and academies.

Members of the team come from a multitude of backgrounds with extensive experience in Local Authority finance for schools, social services, environment and externally funded projects, as well as schools and academies, central government finance, and private business.  With this varied background the team also come with a vast qualification portfolio including qualified accountants and graduates. This vast array of skills, knowledge, expertise and strategic insight the Team possess enables delivery of a dynamic and forward thinking service to schools as well as assisting schools in the day to day administration task.

Benefits of Subscription


  • Ensure excellent value for money
  • Ease the burden of financial management with on-going support, help at year-end and assistance with everyday financial processing
  • Ensure you meet regulatory and reporting requirements
  • Increase integrity of financial and management information upon which strategic decisions are made
  • Boost school finance staff skill sets



"On behalf of our schools (Primary Schools in Swindon), I would like to thank you for carrying out the evaluations and providing your recommendation for our next steps. I have had such great feedback from all three schools, commenting on what a positive experience it was and how they had been able to grow their knowledge."

“Thank you for the work you did on reviewing our Pupil Premium allocation and expenditure. Coincidentally, Ofsted arrived two days after your visit and we were able to confidently discuss our Pupil Premium expenditure and impact.”

"Supporting us is your role but you go far beyond that and I know that I’m not the only one who appreciates what you do, so again THANK YOU"    Sue, Bassetts Farm Primary

Schools Finance Team Contact Details

For all financial administration, financial management and SIMS FMS queries, please use the following contact details:

Education Finance Consultant Team Leader 

Karl Murphy-Barnes,

Education Finance Consultants

Michelle Avery,
Susette Barrett,
Sarah Creedy,
Judy Day,
David Dominey,
Charles Woodland,

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