Academy Governance Summit: Delivering resilient governance in academy trusts

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


Programme

Academy Governance Summit, Monday 25 January 2021

Time Programme
08.30 - 09.00

Networking with peers and sponsors

08.30 - 09.00

Discover governance clinic

Hosted by:

The Chartered Governance Institute

There is a greater need than ever before for academy governance professionals who can provide the skills and knowledge that are crucial to the long-term success of their academy schools. Join this clinic to find more about how The Chartered Governance Institute can help.

Speakers:
Mandy Garnham, Learning Support Manager, The Chartered Governance Institute
Catherine Barratt, Governance Professional, School Choice

Confederation of Schools Trusts and Trust Governance Professionals

Trust Governance Insight is an annual programme of training sessions, bulletins and one-to-one mentoring, and is unique in focusing on practical guidance for professionals working in academy governance. Join our discovery drop-in session to meet our team and learn more about our offer and community of governance professionals based across England.

Speakers:
Rachael Bailey, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Anna Machin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Emma Perkin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

09.00 - 09.50

Welcome and keynote

Welcome by Sara Drake, CEO, The Chartered Governance Institute

Keynote 1: Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, Department for Education

Baroness Berridge will share reflections on how the covid-19 pandemic has impacted Academy Trust governance. She will reveal the priorities for academy governance into 2021 and address the vital role of the academy trust governance professionals in ensuring resilient, effective governance.

Keynote 2: Building resilient governance

A trust board's strategic decisions directly impact on how its schools are run and on the wellbeing of its stakeholders. When COVID-19 crisis escalated, boards had to act quickly and make critical decisions at every stage of the crisis. In this session, we look at what has been learned about resilience in governance and the strategic priorities for trusts in the next 3 to 5 year period. 

Keynote Speaker: Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of Schools Trusts, introduced by Emma Perkin, Trust Governance Professionals

09.50 - 10.00

Stretch break

10.00 - 10.45

Breakout sessions

Option 1 -The Competency Framework: the governance professionals' pathway

Governance professionals act as the lynchpin for ensuring resilient governance in academy trusts. The Competency Framework for Governance Professionals published by The Chartered Governance Institute has proven to be a unique, complete and clear tool to guide academy governance professionals through improving their practice. In this session, we discover how our panellists got started working in the academy trust governance sector, how they have made use of the framework in their professional development, and how they have built better governance in their academy trusts.

Moderator: Charis Evans, Business Development Director, The Chartered Governance Institute

Speakers:

Samira Sadeghi, Head of Academies Governance, Academies Enterprise Trust 

Richard Amos, Strategic Lead Officer, The GORSE Academies Trust

Lizzie Oliver, Director of Governance, Northern Star Academies Trust (NSAT)

Option 2 - The new Board Assurance Framework for Academies

In times of crisis, while the board must focus on strategic matters, compliance and oversight require insight into operational matters. This delicate balance is necessary for the smooth running of the academy trust. So how can management present the correct data and information to the board? In a bid to answer that question, the Institute is launching a new Board Assurance Framework for Academies. Our speakers discuss how they have used the tool in other sectors and how it might successfully be applied in the academy world.

Moderator: Louise Thomson, Head of Policy, Not for Profit, The Chartered Governance Institute

Speakers:

Nabil Jamshed, Consultant, Good Governance Institute

Harry Turner, Chairman, NHS Trust

10.45 - 11.15

Networking break

10.45 - 11.15

Discover governance clinic

Hosted by:

The Chartered Governance Institute

There is a greater need than ever before for academy governance professionals who can provide the skills and knowledge that are crucial to the long-term success of their academy schools. Join this clinic to find more about how The Chartered Governance Institute can help.

Speakers:
Mandy Garnham, Learning Support Manager, The Chartered Governance Institute
Catherine Barratt, Governance Professional, School Choice

National Governance Association

Discover Effective Governance

In this session, NGA offers insights into what effective governance looks like and explores the importance of accountability and diversity for all boards. Offering practical tools to support trustees and governance professionals, join us for this insightful session.

Speakers:
Judith Hicks, Head of inspiring governance, National Governance Association
Clare Collins, Head of Consultancy, National Governance Association

Confederation of Schools Trusts and Trust Governance Professionals

Trust Governance Insight is an annual programme of training sessions, bulletins and one-to-one mentoring, and is unique in focusing on practical guidance for professionals working in academy governance. Join our discovery drop-in session to meet our team and learn more about our offer and community of governance professionals based across England.

Speakers:
Rachael Bailey, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Anna Machin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Emma Perkin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

11.15 - 11.55

Incorporating new schools or becoming a multi-academy trust (MAT)

The academy trust landscape is evolving, and the number of MATs will likely continue to increase in the coming years.  School groups showed strength during the pandemic, and by working together were more than a sum of their parts. There are increasing numbers of single academy trusts (SATs) appearing, and instances of smaller trusts joining larger trusts. This process involves ensuring strong communications with stakeholders and ensuring that local governance is set up to thrive. Our speakers share their own experiences so delegates can learn from and apply some of the best practice in this area.

Moderator:

Deborah Perry, Director of Governance Hub, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Speaker:

Ruth Agnew, Head of Governance, Co-op Multi Academy Trust

11.55 - 12.30

Workshop: How to establish a strong board

In theory, creating a climate of trust to allow a flow of ideas and opinions to flourish is a straightforward process. The reality is that all boards encounter challenges as new team members bring their own expectations and objectives. This workshop will equip delegates with practical tools to help create an environment of productivity and positive outcomes.

Moderator:

Karl George, Director, The Governance Forum Limited

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch networking breaks with a roundtable discussion and discover governance clinics

Hosted by:

The Chartered Governance Institute

There is a greater need than ever before for academy governance professionals who can provide the skills and knowledge that are crucial to the long-term success of their academy schools. Join this clinic to find more about how The Chartered Governance Institute can help.

Speakers:
Mandy Garnham, Learning Support Manager, The Chartered Governance Institute
Catherine Barratt, Governance Professional, School Choice

Confederation of Schools Trusts and Trust Governance Professionals

Trust Governance Insight is an annual programme of training sessions, bulletins and one-to-one mentoring, and is unique in focusing on practical guidance for professionals working in academy governance. Join our discovery drop-in session to meet our team and learn more about our offer and community of governance professionals based across England.

Speakers:
Rachael Bailey, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Anna Machin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals
Emma Perkin, Director, Trust Governance Professionals

13.30 - 14.10

Breakout sessions

Option 1 - Case study: Risk management, creating a robust framework

The risk profile in which schools and trusts are operating has changed significantly over the past year, reflecting the external environment and risk assessments in place in trusts. Effective boards tread a fine line in balancing taking on risk as a spur to growth and keeping those risks firmly under control. In academy trusts, boards ensure that these risks are aligned with strategic priorities, improvement plans and intervention strategies. In this session, our panel of experts examine what a robust framework for risk management could provide academy governance professionals. Drawing upon real world examples, delegates will take away best practice ideas on how to identify, manage and mitigate risk.

Moderator: Roger Inman, Partner and Head of Education Sector, Stone King

Speakers:

Stewart Harper, Trustee, Rodillian Multi Academy Trust;

Dave Fergus, Trustee, Rodillian Multi Academy Trust;

Adam Marham, Head of Governance and Compliance, Data Protection Officer, Company Secretary

 

Option 2 - Transparent and stakeholder-facing governance

Stakeholder scrutiny of academy trusts has boosted the demand for better transparency and accountability. Transparency enhances trust which in turn protects the reputation of the trust. So, if academy trust governance is shaped and informed by emerging debates in the charity and private sectors, what are the common pillars of good governance? How can academy governance professionals improve their practice and increase transparency? In this session, practical matters such as the board-level engagement and communications with stakeholders will be at the heart of the discussion.

Moderator: Katie Paxton, Author and Governance Professional

Speakers:

Claire Robson, Head of Governance, Legal and Compliance, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity 

Samira Chambas, Assistant Company Secretary, Diageo Plc

14.10 - 14.20 Stretch break
14.20 - 15.00

Ensuring Diversity around the table

Over the past few months, protests around the world to promote diversity have prompted many boards to reassess their values and ethos. Board diversity is an even greater challenge in the academy sector. What values stand behind the word diversity? Why is it crucial at board level? Our panellists reflect on these questions and provide a practical perspective on ways in which boards can expand their recruitment and induction to ensure a diverse and reflective board.

Moderator: Judith Hicks, Head of inspiring governance, National Governance Association

Speakers:

Roma Grant, Deputy company secretary, Wellcome Trust

Emma Gregory, Head of Academy Ambassador programme, Academy Ambassadors

Sanjay Bhandar, Chair, Kick it out

15.00 - 15.45

Breakout sessions

Option 1 – Building strong foundations

2020 has been a year of decision making and shifting priorities which have affected all academies. Colleagues from the Department for Education will set out the government’s wider priorities for academy governance as we enter 2021, and consider specific issues facing the sector. Having the right Model Articles of Association in place is the cornerstone of good academy governance and a critical pilar to overcome crises while growing your trust. How do you navigate within the legal framework when making changes within your articles?

Moderator: Emma Perkin, Trust Governance Professionals

Speakers:

Ruth Jesson-Smith, Head of Governance Strategy and Capacity Unit, Department of Education

Jonathan Daniels, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Education.

 

Option 2 – Local governance and balancing control in MATs

The successful delegation of governance to the local level is an important task for trust boards that oversee more than one school. Trusts must provide good guidance and the right level of control while adapting to local need. For some, that may mean governance committees at the level of the individual school, for others a cluster governance model. Our panellists share the models within which they work, how they have been put into effect – and how they have been received.

Moderator: Rachael Bailey, Trust Governance Professionals

Speakers:

Tracey Goodsell, Head of Corporate Governance, Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust

Darren Kulesza-Smith, Director of Data and Compliance, University Schools Trust

Tracy Terry, Governance Manager, Cambridge Academic Partnership

15.45

Closing remarks and conference closes

Louise ThomsonHead of Policy, Not for Profit, The Chartered Governance Institute

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

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Date:

Monday 25 January 2021

Time:

8.30am - 3.45pm GMT

Location:

Virtual

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