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Governance Adviser and Director of Operations, Griffin Schools Trust

The Griffin Schools Trust is a respected Multi-Academy Trust, run by people with deep expertise in state and private education, whose main aim is to increase access to the best of education for the most socially deprived and disadvantaged children. The GST family sponsors twelve Academies and is responsible for the life chances of thousands of pupils.

I provided the Trust with governance advice and carried out an internal compliance review, designed to put the Trust in a strong position with a tough regulatory regime. I also provided initial set-up advice, liaison with lawyers over company structure and business support, and ensuring compliance with a complex and demanding central government funding regime. As Director of Operations, I successfully managed the conversion of several schools to Academy status, and bid for funds from central government to support the Trust.