Trust Support

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 leadership and 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 leadership and governance fully aligned to the expectations on trusts and the operational reality of your schools and with national best practice.

Our bespoke advisory services are developed with your trust. One of our leadership and governance specialists will work with you to identify a project scope and proposal that reflects your specific needs. ​

​The Governance Advisory Service has supported School Trusts of all structures and sizes in areas such as: ​

  • External Reviews of Governance
  • Post Review Governance Development Support
  • Trust Board Vision Setting Sessions​
  • Trustee/Governor Training Sessions​
  • Members’ Training Sessions​
  • CEO Performance Management and Mentoring​
  • Risk and Compliance Audits​
  • Reviews of Governance Structures and Schemes of Delegation
  • Notice to Improve

Contact us at to request a free initial consultation to explore the needs of your Trust.

The Governance Advisory 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.

Our clients say...

"The process proved to be invaluable, offering all layers of our governance essential insights into how we can further improve and develop as a group. Our review was conducted by Stewart Harper, who was hugely knowledgeable in this field and conducted the review in an honest and sensitive way. I would highly recommend both services offered through the CST, both governance review and the facilitation service. They both feature in our Trust development plans!" E Fairhurst, CEO, Northern Ambition Academies Trust  

"The East Anglian Schools’ Trust are extremely grateful to Steve Rollett and CST for the excellent session delivered to our governance and school leaders. As ever, Steve was insightful, demonstrated outstanding knowledge and provided a superb session with tangible strategies for consideration. We would highly recommend Steve and will be definitely using him and CST for further updates and training." Angelo Goduti, CEO, EAST

"We were absolutely delighted with the External Review of Governance that was conducted for us through CST. Ahead of the review being formally commissioned, there was strong communication from initial contact through to planning the scope of work to ensure that it would meet our needs..."  Jill Cameron, Trust Leader of Governance, Eko Trust

"This working group was consulted through a clear and agreed schedule, participation in discussions that involved all aspects of Trust governance including structures, compliance, risk, organisation, and culture..."  Maria Hamblin, Chief Executive Officer, Fierté Multi-Academy Trust

Company no: 05303883
Charity no: 1107640

Contact details

Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Suite 1, Whiteley Mill
39 Nottingham Road
Nottingham    NG9 8AD

0115 9170142

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