The Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders

October 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to  the first edition of Trust for the new 2019/20 academic year. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of topical subjects covered in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, builds on her previous Trust article ‘Changing the Story’ to counter…

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Leora Cruddas

School Trusts as new Civic Structures

Earlier this year, I was delighted to give evidence to the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to think hard about the civic role of universities and the role they play in their localities by making a strategic contribution to the greater social…

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Andy Wolfe

Trust is living well together

Reflecting on the word ‘Trust’ – the ‘T’ of our Multi Academy or Single Academy Trust designation – centres our thinking on the importance of our relationships with one another, and the extent to which they reflect our vision and values. Trust is created between institutions, teams, individuals and children,…

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July 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the July edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of subjects covered in this issue. As we approach the end of the first academic year in which CST has been operating as the Sector Body for School Trusts, in her lead article,…

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Leora Cruddas

Taking Stock

We launched the Confederation of School Trusts on 11 October 2018. By this edition of Trust, we are thirty-eight weeks old and I thought it would be a good time to take stock of what we have achieved over this period. Let’s start with our mission – to support our…

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Melissa Bell

Using procurement to create social value

Social Value UK defines social value as “the quantification of the relative importance that people place on the changes they experience in their lives”. Social value is a concept that addresses the benefits to the wider community, as well as the non-financial impact of businesses, such as the wellbeing of…

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May 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the May edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the topics covered in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, shares her reflections on autonomy. She considers what we understand by autonomy, where autonomy should sit and whose interests’ autonomy…

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Leora Cruddas

Reflections on autonomy

The term ‘autonomy’ is a highly contested and misunderstood concept. The whole question of the practice of autonomy needs more careful thought and analysis. What do we understand by autonomy? Where should autonomy sit? Whose interests does autonomy serve? A loss of freedom or interdependence? Recently, there has been a…

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Emma Knights

The time to chair

Chairs of multi academy trusts (MATs) are spending an average of fifty days per year – or approximately one day a week – carrying out the role, recent new research from the National Governance Association (NGA) revealed.  This is well above the twenty days per year which practice from the charity sector…

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Nick MacKenzie

Delivering organisational results

There is so much that has been written on the subject of clarity of purpose and vision and how that should shape and drive everything done in an organisation to optimise organisational results. Without a clear vision and purpose how are the people in an organisation able to see the…

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