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What we do - Trust Governance Recruit

Our team are passionate about the impact that a highly skilled governance professional can have on the quality of a trust’s governance. However we recognise that this is an emerging role within the academy sector and one that trusts may be considering for the first time. We offer support to trusts in recruiting governance professionals to ensure you can find the best person for this role:

  • Scoping the role – academy trust governance roles can encompass a range of areas, from board, committee and local governance meeting delivery to policies, compliance, risk, complaints, exclusions, admissions, data protection, whistleblowing and more. We will lead the development of the role description to ensure a cohesive role that meets your trust’s needs.
  • Promoting the role – help with creation of your job description, person specification and advert. We will signpost to places for your trust to promote the role through published advertising as well as through networks.
  • Interviewing for the role – we will leverage our experience of building governance teams, and identifying the key skills required to succeed in this role, by designing the interview process and sitting on your panel.

For more information, please contact Rachael Bailey at

Once your governance professional is appointed our support can continue with Trust Governance Develop.


'Appointing a Governance & Compliance Manager has been a key factor in ensuring governance within the newly established Trust is as effective as it can be. With us starting from a complete blank, Emma Perkin's advice in clearly identifying what the role needed to entail and the sort of candidate we would be looking for, as well as potential terms of employment such as the hours needed and level of pay, was invaluable. Without that advice and support we would probably be looking back on all sorts of missed opportunities and gaps, with regret.' 

CEO, OWN Trust