Nearly three-quarters of all large trusts now have a dedicated governance professional to manage governance, according to a recent survey by The Confederation of School Trusts.
We explored this developing role at our recent conference with a panel discussion hosted by 'Trust Governance Professionals'.
The panellists, who all lead governance in trusts, talked of how they came into the role, the growing value trusts are placing on what they do to support effective governance and the beginnings of a professional career pathway for the academy governance sector.
There is a Level 4 Certificate in Academy Governance run by the Chartered Governance Institute for those working in academy schools.
But Emma Perkin from Trust Governance Professionals says a Level 4 Governance Officer apprenticeship is also in the pipeline from the CGI which is great news for the sector.