Frequently asked questions

Who is organising the event?

Academy Ambassadors is organising this event. Academy Ambassadors is a not-for-profit programme that provides a free, bespoke recruitment service to multi-academy trusts looking to strengthen their boards. Since 2013 Academy Ambassadors have helped trusts to fill over 1,300 board roles.

Academy Ambassadors is funded by the Department for Education and is part of the New Schools Network Charity, charity number 1132122, 8th Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP.

Who can I contact to RSVP?

To register your interest, please visit the Registration tab and provide a few details, including your trust and role title. We will contact you again when your booking is confirmed.
For more information about the event please do not hesitate to contact the Academy Ambassadors event team at



t: +44 (0)117 906 7052.  


Will you pay expenses?

Academy Ambassadors is not able to pay hotel or travel expenses for delegates attending the Board Development Day. Academy Ambassadors is a not-for-profit programme funded by the Department for Education and is part of the educational charity New Schools Network. No profit is made from any of the organisation’s services. The conference, refreshments, and lunch will be provided free of charge, which has been made possible by charitable donations.

When will I receive confirmation that I am registered?

Places are limited, so we will confirm your attendance by email shortly. You will receive an automated email confirming that your interest has been noted and your registration is being reviewed. This is not a confirmation of attendance. We will contact you again by email to confirm whether your registration has been successful.


Why can’t I bring a colleague?

Due to high demand there are only a limited number of spaces available and priority will be given to non-executive directors introduced to boards by Academy Ambassadors. If you wish to add a colleague to our waiting list please ask your colleague to register via the dedicated event website, or email their details to the Academy Ambassadors events team at

Who is paying for this event?

The conference is part-funded by the Department for Education, with generous support also coming from a number of sponsors.


 What are surgery sessions?

  • A surgery session is a bespoke session for advice from our expert partners who will be running small surgeries on key issues of academy governance and board development. Topics will include governance structures and systems, board recruitment and development and working with the executive. There will also be ‘trust growth and development surgeries’ for trusts going through critical growth points.

  • Surgery sessions are likely to last around 30 minutes, these sessions offer delegates uninterrupted time to ask questions and have a discussion with experts on a particular subject matter.

  • This year surgery sessions form part of the main programme and will take place in the afternoon alongside larger workshop sessions.

  • Surgery sessions and workshops will be booked on a first-come basis through the delegate registration website. Details of available surgeries how to register will be sent to delegates at a later date.


Academy Ambassadors is part of New Schools Network. Registered Charity 1132122.

8th Floor, Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP.

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