Our Networks

From our national networks for CEOs and COOs, to our acclaimed annual national #TrustLeaders conference, we bring together leading thinkers and professionals from across the system to deliver training and development of the highest quality. Our work is informed by careful analysis of strategic leadership and policy issues of the moment, and underpinned with clear reference to best practice, research, and thought-leadership. 

The most sensible, outward-looking, decent, people-centred network going. A group of people who want to make the system better for young people and the communities we serve. And who do it in a calm and measured way. I can not recommend highly enough.

Johnny Uttley

CEO, The Education Alliance

#TrustLeaders CEO Network

What is the #TrustLeaders network?
Forum’s CEO network has now been running for over three years, and has grown to become the leading network of academy trust CEOs in the country. We are also now broadening our reach to welcome CEOs charities, third sector and other organisations. The network is led by Michael Pain, author of ‘Being The CEO’ and an experienced coach, adviser and trainer to CEOs. Our national #TrustLeaders events have attracted contributions from a former Prime Minister, to international academics and thinkers on executive leadership, and leading CEOs from across a wide range of sectors – including health, charities, and business. The network is independent and committed to the very highest standards of cross-sector, peer to peer learning for CEOs.

Membership of #TrustLeaders includes:

  • An individual subscription to our weekly strategy and intelligence email briefing developed specifically for CEOs. Please note that briefings are strictly for the recipient only and that subscriptions can be upgraded to include an organisation-wide subscription;
  • Termly online events, and two face to face events per year* subject to COVID19 restrictions. In the event of COVID19 restrictions all events will take place online.; CEOs can bring one guest to each session;
  • The National #TrustLeaders Conference (for those whose annual membership runs from before 24th September 2020, this is the 2020 conference on 24th September; for those whose membership runs from after 24th September 2020, this is the 2021 conference which takes place on 29th September 2021);
  • An individual subscription to our fortnightly funding and grants briefing which shares hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding opportunities each year;
  • Access to the members’ section of the Forum Strategy website, containing dozens of resources for CEOs;
  • A half-termly online briefing on key strategic developments for Chairs of Boards. The attending Chair must have a CEO and/or COO who is a member of the network in order to attend;
  • Exclusive opportunity for #TrustLeaders members only to access our consultancy expertise for trust board visioning and strategy days; board development training; and executive coaching offers. Please note this provision is subject to availability and is not included in the price of membership, but subject to separate pricing. This specific consultancy offer is not available to non-members.

£1250.00 (+VAT) Annually

“I couldn’t recommend #TrustLeaders any more highly! I love being part of such a supportive network.” 

Wayne Norrie

CEO, Greenwood Academies Trust

“Highly recommend all #TrustLeaders join Forum Strategy.
I was fortunate to join the NW Network from the start 5 years ago & don’t know where I or Focus Trust would be without it. We’ve learned so much & met so many great people #partnershipswithpurpose”

Helen Rowland

CEO, Focus-Trust

#TrustLeaders COO Network

Following a successful pilot of the COO Network in 2020, the National #TrustLeaders COO Network has gone from strength to strength in 2021, with growing numbers of academy trust COOs joining us from across the country. The network has benefited from Chief Operating Officers from business, the health service, sport, and wider education sharing their wisdom and advice – as well as other though-leaders and experts sharing trends and insights from across key operational disciplines. 

Membership is for individuals who are acting COOs or equivalent; and we are now inviting applications for membership for a twelve month period. If you are currently a member, renewal information will be sent to you at the end of your current membership.

Membership includes:

  • 6 half day sessions (if full year member), with relevant speakers from a wide range of sectors, focusing on strategic issues ranging from HR, to IT and recruitment. The dates of the upcoming meetings are set out on the Forum Strategy website;
  • An individual subscription to our weekly strategy and intelligence email briefing (during term time) developed specifically for CEOs. Please note that briefings are strictly for the recipient only and that subscriptions can be upgraded to include an organisation-wide subscription;
  • An individual subscription to our fortnightly funding and grants (during term time) briefing which shares hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding opportunities each year;
  • Access to the members’ section of the Forum Strategy website, containing dozens of resources for CEOs and executive leaders;
  • Access to the CEO and/or COOs’ Chairs of Trustees to our half-termly online Chairs seminars;
  • Exclusive opportunity for #TrustLeaders members only to access our consultancy expertise for trust board visioning and strategy days; board development training; and executive coaching offers. Please note this provision is subject to availability and is not included in the price of membership, but subject to separate pricing. This specific consultancy offer is not available to non-members.

£950.00 (+VAT) annually