Geoff has over 15 years’ experience of supporting school governance in the three strands of effective governance (1) setting strategic direction, (2) holding senior leaders to account and (3) monitoring financial efficiency/probity. He continues to be a Member and Trustee of a successful North Somerset Stand Alone Academy.
He works for the Teaching School Council (South West) as a Regional Governance Lead co-ordinating leadership governance support to schools/academies and also supports schools in a Bristol Multi Academy Trust as their governance officer. He is currently studying for a PhD in Education, exploring how to promote effective governance relationships.
Geoff strongly believes that, evidence from Ofsted inspections shows that effective governance is a major determining factor of the success of a school and whether its pupils make good progress as learners. He has designed and delivered a training programme for system leaders to undertake External Reviews of Governance (ERG). These allow schools to critically examine their strengths and weaknesses and produce an action plan for improvement. Geoff has personally undertaken ERG’s and also provides facilitation for schools to undertake annual self-reviews as recommended by Ofsted. Too often schools don’t know how effective their governance really is until concerns are raised at an Ofsted inspection and the reviews Geoff offers helps them and Trusts to make improvements, or consolidate success, in advance.
In addition to governance reviews, Geoff offers support to boards for governor induction, the development of governance targets and mentoring of new Chairs.
Caroline is an experienced business professional, with over 20 years’ experience of project management, complex implementations, stakeholder management and engagement in both the corporate and education sectors.
Caroline works within the education sector, specifically within multi-academy trusts, providing strategic business manager support, contract and project management in both the re-brokering and setting up of multi academy trusts.
With a proven track record in delivery, Caroline brings practical experience, excellent communication and leadership skills along with significant experience in board level negotiations.
Key skills are the optimisation of current and future projects with a detailed understanding of the technical and operational impact of change within teams and the wider environment.
She is a specialist in implementing GDPR compliant processes and procedures within multi academy trusts and individual schools providing Data Protection Officer roles at a number of trusts within the South West.
Caroline holds a Diploma in Direct and Interactive Marketing, was an active member of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) for five years and is a member of the Institute of School business Leadership (ISBL).
Caroline also holds the Prince2 qualification in project management,