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The Academies Governance Conference 2018 will offer professional development and leading policy guidance in ensuring outstanding governance practices to deliver improved operational and educational outcomes for all academies.


Confirmed Speakers

Emma Knights OBE
Chief Executive,
National Governance Association (NGA)
Leora Cruddas
Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Mike Pettifer
Director, Academies and Maintained Schools,
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Claire Mycock
Deputy Director - Regional Schools Commissioner,
Department for Education (DfE)
Kirsty Watt
Academy Ambassadors
Tiffany Beck
Senior Governance Adviser, Reach2 Academy Trust, National Leader of Governance and Chair of Trustees,
Maritime Academy Trust
Ammo Talwar MBE
Chair of Directors,
CORE Education Trust
Stephen Chamberlain
National Leader of Governance, CEO,
Challenger Multi Academy Trust
Jo Brinkley
CEO and Founder,
The Spring Partnership Trust
Clive Lees
Chair of Directors,
The Spring Partnership Trust
Julia Skinner
Endeavour Academies Trust
Louise Cooper
Governors for Schools
Fiona Stagg
National Leader of Governance and Clerk,
Glebe Academy, Stoke-on-Trent
Ernest Jenavs
Founder and CEO,
Susan Shoveller
Deputy CEO,
South Farnham Educational Trust


An interesting and informative day which was well planned and delivered. It provided examples of best practice and food for thought.

Governor, The Rivers MAT

An excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country and listen to quality speakers around pertinent topics.

Chair of Governors, Castleman Academy Trust

A very useful event, particularly for those at or near the beginning of their MAT journey.

Executive Headteacher, Chipstead Valley Academy Trust

A very well organised conference that provided me with a good insight into the challenges of governance. It was honest, perceptive and insightful.

Head Teacher & Joint CEO, Valley Invicta Academies Trust

This was one of the best conferences I've ever attended, with a variety of speakers and a range of case studies; very focused on practicalities.

Company Secretary, Wellspring Academy Trust

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