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 2

Academy Governance Summit, Friday 21 January 2022

Time Programme



Welcome and introduction

Emma Perkin, Trust Governance Professionals


Keynote: The role of governance professional and the Academy Governance Code

Leora will provide her practical vantage point on trust and governance developments in the sector, and share information on the introduction of the Academy Governance Code.

Leora Cruddas CBE, Chief Executive and Founder, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)


The Academy Governance Code

This session will provides insights into how governance codes have been effectively used by governance professionals working in other sectors that have a governance code.

Louise Thomson
, Head of Policy, NFP, CGI

Maria Maltby, Head of Governance and Company Secretary, David Ross Education Trust
Lynsey Tweddle, Strategic Lead, Governance, Sport England
Leora Cruddas CBE, Chief Executive and Founder, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)


Stretch Break


Q&A with the Department for Education

This breakout session will share information on the current priorities of the Department for Education (DfE) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Emma Perkin
, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

Craig Alderson, Financial Governance Frameworks Manager, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Chairperson, The Dove Academy Trust
Dame Kate Dethridge DBE, Regional Schools Commissioner with responsibility for Governance, Department for Education


Networking break

Partner Briefing: TGP, CST, CGI


A choice of streams:

Option A: Board evaluation and skills development

At this time of the year, governance professionals often consider the approach to delivering review, evaluation and skills audits with trust and local governance boards. This breakout session will profile the tools, techniques and organisations in the sector that can support boards to foster a culture of regular review and reflection.

Fiona Chalk, Founder, Governance4FE and The Chartered Governance Institute Champion of the Year 2020
Patrick Dunne, Author of 'Boards'
Cathy Brown, Director of Governance, The Mead Educational Trust

Option B: Development of the governance professional

Governance professionals play a vital role in trusts and the specialist nature of our roles is increasingly being recognised. This session will focus on the direction of our profession and celebrate the work being undertaken by governance professionals across the country.

Anna Machin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

Anna Chambers, Trust Executive Officer, Brooke Weston Trust
Ruth Agnew, Head of Governance, Co-op Academies Trust
Jill Cameron, Trust Lead for Governance, Risk and Compliance, Eko Trust


Closing remarks by Louise Thomson, CGI


End of Day Two

*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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