CST Inaugural Annual Conference 2020



CST is proud to announce our Inaugural Annual Conference which will be held on 19 and 20 November 2020 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

As the national organisation and sector body for school trusts, this is the ONLY conference directly relevant to both executive and governance leaders of School Trusts. Bring a combination of your senior team and trustees and spend time together in a high-quality professional learning environment.

The conference will be themed so it is relevant to executive leaders, financial leaders and governance leaders. A dedicated research strand will also form part of the workshop programme. In addition, there will be space for networks to be convened and for leadership teams to book breakout rooms to spend time together.

There will be a strong sector leadership focus so that delegates can learn from the best that has been developed in the sector.

Headline Speakers:

Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Education
Amanda Spielman
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector
John Volanthen
World record British cave diver – 2018 Tham Luag cave rescue
Ziauddin Yousafzai
Teacher, Malala’s father, peace women’s rights & education activist
Natalie Perera
Executive Director of the Education Policy Institute
Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commisioner

Draft Agenda:

Day One - Thursday 19 November 2020

10.00Registration and exhibition opens
11.00 – 11.15Welcome: Rob McDonough, Chair of CST and young people (music / choir)
11.15 – 11.45Keynote one: Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP Secretary of State for Education (Confirmed)
11.45 – 12.00Q&A
12.00 – 12.30Keynote two: Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Founder of The Stephen Lawrence Trust. Labour Life Peer. Chancellor of De Montfort University (invited)
12.30 – 13.30Lunch, exhibition and networking
Sector leadership keynotes: holding trust on behalf of children – defining public benefit
13.30 – 13.45Keynote three: Sector leader: Hamid Patel CBE, CEO of STAR Academies and Trustee of CST
13.45 – 14.00Keynote four: Sector leader: Kate Chhatwal, Trustee of STEP Academy Trust and CEO of Challenge Partners (confirmed)
14.00 – 14.15Keynote five: Sector leader: Jonathan Simons, Member, Astrea Academies Trust, Trustee, Anthem Schools Trust and Director of Education, Public First (confirmed)
14.15 – 14.30Keynote six: Natalie Perera, Trustee of Fairchildes Academy Community Trust and Executive Director of the Education Policy Institute (confirmed)
14.30 – 15.15Panel – chaired by Ian Bauckham CBE, CEO of the Tenax Schools Trust and Trustee of CST
15.15 – 15.45Refreshments, exhibition and networking
15.45 – 16.30Workshops – series one
16.30 – 17.00Keynote seven: Amanda Spielman, HCMI (confirmed)
17.00 – 18.00 Delegate-led networking events/ trust team meetings, Break out rooms can be booked by contacting admin@cstuk.org.uk
18.00Close of day one
19.00 – 19.30Drinks reception and networking
19.30 Formal Dinner


Day Two - Friday 20 November 2020

09.00 – 09.30Keynote eight: Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive of CST
09.30 – 10.00Keynote nine: John Volanthen World Record-Holding British cave diver who played a key role in The 2018 Tham Luang Thailand Cave Rescue, combining detailed planning, technical excellence, personal risk and courage. John will look the leadership challenges and what it means to hold trust on behalf of children (confirmed)
10.00 – 10.30Q&A – John Volanthen with Paul Tarn, Chief Executive of Delta Academies Trust
10.30 – 11.00Refreshments, exhibition and networking
11.00 – 12.00Workshops – series two
12.00 – 13.00Lunch, exhibition and networking
13.00 – 14.00Workshops – series three
14.00 – 14.45In conversation: Dominic Herrington, National Schools Commissioner and Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive, United Learning Trust and former DfE Director General and Susannah Hares, Education Co-Director at the Centre for Global Development, in conversation about the challenges facing our education system, and what we can do about them
14.45 – 15.15Keynote ten – Ziauddin Yousafzai, Teacher, Malala’s father and a peace, women’s rights and education activist (confirmed)
15.15Conference ends

Workshop Programme

We are hosting 3 series of workshops over our 2 day event covering 6 strands of leadership. Our workshops include Sir David Carter talking about ‘What are we learning from Trust reviews’, Eileen Milner, Chief Executive at ESFA will host a workshop on ‘Working with Trusts’ and Tom Rees from Ambition Institute will be talking about ‘Leadership knowledge.

Exhibitors to include:

Barker Associates
Browne Jacobson LLP
CJ Learning
Flash Academy
Lloyds Bank
Navigate NDC
PS Financials
RM Education
Schools Advisory Service
Stone King LLP
The Key Support
West Mercia Energy

Costs to attend

All our delegate booking rates are INCLUSIVE of accommodation at the Hilton Metropole and the Conference Dinner on Thursday 11th June – we have kept the rates as low as possible as CST views the conference as a member benefit.

Standard rates (for members)
Bring your team: Five or more delegates: e.g. £385 x 5 = £1,925 plus vat
Four delegates: £390 x 4 = £1,560 plus vat
Three delegates: £400 x 3 = £1,200 plus vat
Two delegates: £410 x 2 = £820 plus vat
Single delegate: £425 plus vat

Non-member rates
Bring a team: Five or more delegates: e.g. £450 x 5 = £2,250 plus vat
Four delegates: £480 x 4 = £1,920 plus vat
Three delegates: £500 x 3 = £1,500 plus vat
Two delegates: £520 x 2 = £1,040 plus vat
Single delegate: £550 plus vat

Booking Details
To make your booking please complete the online booking form on the right.

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers, Headteachers and Principals, Trustees and Governors, Senior Leadership Teams, Finance Directors, Business Managers, Clerks and Company Secretaries.

Cancellation Policy

By booking the venue we are committed to a certain level of costs and therefore reluctantly have to implement a cancellation policy:
4 weeks or less notice – no refund
4 – 6 weeks notice – 50% refund
More than 6 weeks notice – full refund

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