What we do - Trust Governance Insight

Trust Governance Insight is an annual programme of support for academy governance professionals. It has been developed by sector specialists with a strong understanding of academy governance, practical experience of working to meet requirements and good practice set out in government guidance, and a passion for working together to share insight and support.

Trust Governance Insight provides a ‘one stop shop’ for information, advice and guidance, access to resources for you to use, and a community of colleagues working in similar roles. We deliver this through regular training sessions, bulletins, a ‘help on hand’ service together with developing and a peer network. In short, it is the sort of programme that we wanted when we began working in school trusts – we couldn’t find the offer we needed and so we started Trust Governance Insight.

Our team was inspired to start Trust Governance Insight informed by brings significant our experience working in, governance professional, company secretary and clerking roles in school trusts, and knowledge of how to meet requirements and good practice set out in government guidance. We know these roles can be exciting, exhausting, interesting and isolating in equal measure. They are multi-faceted and are not always understood by colleagues! We understand how the roles combine the demands of working with a variety of stakeholders, and the requirement to keep up with regularly evolving government guidance.

Trust Governance Insight is now accessed by more than 70 governance professionals across the country. Whatever the size or make up of your trust, the programme will offer the opportunity for you to link with colleagues experiencing similar issues or in similar trusts. You will be part of a great community who support and develop together whilst accessing high quality training offered by our expert team.

The annual programme of support consists of tailored advice and insight throughout the year:

Training sessions

-a series of training sessions delivered over the school year, focusing on strengthening your knowledge and skills, understanding of changes in the sector, compliance requirements and good practice, as well as providing time for peer discussion.

Update bulletin

with resources, sector updates and good practice case studies, all of which are targeted to provide inspiration for your role.

'Help on hand' support

– on-call support from our team for email enquiries or one-to-one calls to discuss areas or advice relevant to your role, academy or trust.

Our community

this tailored platform contains useful resources while also enabling participants to stay in touch in between sessions.

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Joining the programme also includes other benefits worth more than £300:

  • A free place at one a Masterclass delivered by The Confederation of School Trusts, the national membership organisation for academy trusts
  • A free professional subscription for The Chartered Governance Institute in your first year with Trust Governance Insight, which is the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals working across sectors as well as regular discounts on the Institute’s academy governance conferences.

Governance professionals join our programme throughout the year. The annual cost to register is £750.  To find out more and access our booking form, you can contact Anna Machin at


'Trust Governance Insight is an invaluable source of expertise, information and support within governance of academy trusts across the country. I have attended several governor training programmes, and access a wide variety of resources and tools online, but Trust Governance Insight delivers to a level above all others I have experienced. 

The tools, content and information sharing is always current, helpful and fit for purpose, eclipsed only by the training sessions and support that demonstrate a remarkable understanding and intuition for the current issues facing governance professionals within academy trusts.  

The way the team at Trust Governance Insight are helping to professionalise our sector is exceptional.

Strategic Governance Lead, The Gorse Academies Trust