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Building a board (module 4)

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Running a multi-academy trust (MAT) is a demanding role and there is a need to support the development of executive leaders. This unique, highly successful eight-day course is designed to offer support and guidance to all existing and aspiring MAT executive leaders. These roles carry very particular duties and responsibilities. To be successful you will need knowledge of school improvement, good governance structures, financial and business management processes as well as bringing good leadership and change management skills.


This module is focused on governance and looks at two key aspects:


  • how can structures be developed to allow the organisation to manage, monitor and lead at all levels
  • what makes an effective board, and how do you achieve it?


The first session explores governance, management and reporting structures within an academy trust, building on national lessons learned, and first-hand experience.


The key questions that will be discussed are:


  • governance functions both central and local within a trust
  • developing appropriate accountability aligned to responsibilities
  • difference between the management and governance structures
  • effective reporting and monitoring
  • schemes of delegation
  • risk workshop.


This session will allow for facilitated sharing of experiences and ideas between delegates.


Academy trust boards are typically skewed to a large proportion of non-executive directors rather than executive directors as found in the commercial world – however effective boards are effective boards.


The final session of this module will be led by Guy Leonard, a Group Board Director of the global £1.3bn employee owned company Mott MacDonald. He will share his perspective on how to build effective and functional boards with good working practices and approaches.





One day - 10.00 - 16.00.






£325 + VAT
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