A quality-assured and confidential service run by specialists in School Trust governance.

Our Approach

A safe, confidential and quality-assured service run by specialists in School Trust governance.

Our Governance Advisory Service is provided by specialists in School Trust governance and draws on the daily experience of CST as the national organisation and sector body for school trusts.

We provide bespoke advisory services to match your current and future needs as a trust, helping you to keep your governance fully aligned to the expectations on trusts, the operational reality of your schools and with national best practice:


Our Specialist Consultants

Dawn Carman-Jones

Dawn has wide-ranging experience as a non-executive in the education sector, both as Chair of Trustees for an 11-school primary multi-academy trust and through independent hearing panels, governor advisor roles, IEBs and as an LA appointed Chair of Governors in schools of concern. In addition, Dawn has delivered independent external reviews of governance, chair mentoring and facilitated strategy and training sessions. Dawn also provides mentoring with the CST Governance Leaders Programme.

Emma Perkin

Emma has worked with a vast array of education sector clients undertaking review work, mentoring and development of governance teams. Emma is a highly experienced governance professional and prior to setting up her consultancy was Head of Governance for Ark. Emma is a trainer in academy governance for ICSA: The Governance Institute and mentor for the CST Governance Leaders Programme. Emma is Chair of a primary school governing body in South London.

Ken Lloyd

Ken is a National Leader of Governance (NLG), part of a group of experienced Chairs selected by the Department of Education to develop school capacity and expertise within the wider sector. Ken has undertaken review work, mentoring and corporate support for a comprehensive range of education sector clients. Ken is a highly experienced secondary school Chair for both academies and maintained schools. Ken is also a trained commercial mediator and mentor on the CST Governance Leaders Programme.

Other Services

If you are setting up a trust or have any other governance advisory or support needs not covered above, please contact us and we can provide you with a quotation.

Our services are provided in partnership with Stone King LLP, top ranked specialist legal advisors for schools. Stone King has been advising academy trusts since 2002 and will support the delivery of this service with over 15 years of accumulated experience of how best to grow and develop academy trust governance and leadership.

This service is offered by CST Professional Development Ltd on behalf of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST). CST Professional Development Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of CST.