ACER convenes a wide range of regional networks and special interest groups, through which members share information, disseminate good practice and receive regular updates from key national and regional bodies and businesses. The networks provide staff with structured opportunities to meet their peers and exchange information and best practice. 

Information about the purpose of each of the networks can be found here.

Members of networks meet regularly (2-3 times per year) and have the opportunity to attend specialist training events as well as having valuable time to talk informally.  Our networks are free to attend for our member organisations and are recognised as valuable professional development events and all attendees are issued with certificates of attendance which can be used towards CPD activities.

During 2017-18 ACER is offering the following:


  • Chief executives’ forum 
  • Clerks’ network 
  • Chairs & governors’ network 
  • Senior managers’ special interest groups


  • Apprenticeship & business development managers’ network
  • Building estates managers’ network 
  • Finance managers’ network 
  • Health & safety managers’ network 
  • HR network 
  • MIS network 
  • PRmarketing network 
  • PA network 
  • Procurement network (this is managed by Crescent Purchasing Company)


  • Careers education & guidance network 
  • College HE network 
  • Construction network 
  • English maths + ESOL network
  • Equality, diversity & safeguarding network
  • Heads of Sport (managed by AoC Sport)
  • Land-based & environmental education network
  • Quality and improving teaching & learning network 
  • SEND network 
  • Maths and English practitioner groups

Click here for network dates 2017-18.   For further information contact Christine Stewart on 01480 409300 or email