Academy Governance Summit: Dynamic governance in policy and practice

Take a look at some of the exciting topics we will be discussing on the day

Programme - Day 1

Academy Governance Summit, Thursday 20 January 2022

Time Programme
08.45 Networking

Conference opens

Emma Perkin, Trust Governance Professionals


Welcome and Introduction

Sara Drake, CEO, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland


Keynote: The policy environment for academy trusts

Baroness Barran, will focus on key policy changes including how academies can move to stronger, larger trusts.

The Baroness Barran of Bathwick MBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System


Setting strategy in a rapidly evolving world

For trusts to thrive in our evolving external environment, it is important that they have a clear strategy. This session will explore the key elements of setting and reviewing an effective strategy.

Steve Rollett, Deputy Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)

Stuart Gardner, 
CEO, Thinking Schools Academy Trust

10.20 Stretch break

A choice of streams:

Option A: Fostering an inclusive internal culture

This breakout session will profile trusts that are pioneering equality, diversity and inclusion within their governance structures and wider organisational culture.

Claire Timmins,
HR Director, Ipsos MORI

Option B: Joining trusts

This breakout session will explore the experiences of two trusts who have joined together and lessons from their journey.

Katie Paxton, Company Secretary, School Governance Specialist & Author

Kylie Burgess, Governance & Compliance Manager, Dunraven Educational Trust
Helen George, Chair, Dunraven Educational Trust
Jamie Otter, Partner, Stone King


Networking break

Partner Briefing: TGP, CST, CGI


A choice of streams:

Option A: The trust journey: Developing trust board governance at key ‘inflection points’ of growth

The Department for Education (DfE) emphasise that governance will change and develop at different stages of the trust’s journey. Through this session, trust governance leads will share their stories of ensuring that their trust boards adapted structures and oversight to reflect the growth of their organisations.

Nicole Wicks, Trustee, Stowe Valley MAT & CST Governance Advisory Service Consultant

Emma Hughes, Chair, Rivers CofE Academy Trust
Kate Brunt, CEO, Rivers CofE Academy Trust

Option B: The trust journey: Embracing innovation in local governance

Many trusts begin their local governance journey adapting practices from maintained governance. This session will profile innovative examples of local governance from within the academy sector that harness our flexibility to innovate.

Rachael Bailey, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

Siobhan Chester, Senior Governance Advisor, Reach2
Phil Beecher, COO, Boudica Schools Trust
Zoe Noble, Governance Manager and Clerk to the Trustees, Boudica Schools Trust


Questions that our governance professionals, trustees and local governance should be asking about educational outcomes and school improvement

Academy trusts sit within an increasingly dynamic external environment as they respond to new government policy and compliance requirements, and the demands brought by the pandemic. Governance professionals play a crucial role in supporting trusts and their governance stakeholders in navigating the changing landscape and translating policy into practice.

Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner

13.05 Closing remarks
13.15 End of Day One

Optional Workshop: Presenting with confidence

Karl George, Director, The Governance Forum Limited

*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change

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Thursday 20 - Friday 21 January 2022



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