Clare Stansfield, BSc

Clare is an education governance professional with over 10 years’ experience. She leads the provision of strategic advice and guidance to governors and clerks across a diocese, and fulfils the role of Admissions Officer for its 70 plus schools. In addition, Clare provides governance leadership and company secretarial support for the diocese’s umbrella trust.

Clare began her work in governance supporting a Catholic primary school as clerk, quickly adding a federation of two special schools to her portfolio.

For the past six years she has been the Governance Officer for a diocese, supporting Church of England schools, primary and secondary, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, single academy trusts and multi academy trusts (MATs), in both urban and rural areas.

Within this she also worked as the de facto governance officer for the diocesan MAT for several years prior to the MAT appointing its own governance officer.

Clare has been appointed by the NGA as a National Lead Governance expert. In this role, Clare delivers external reviews of governance and support for schools and academy trusts through the National Leaders of Governance programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and managed by the National Governance Association (NGA). 

My aim for the Trust is to ensure that it has the strong leadership and governance in needs, at all levels, to ensure that the best care, provision and education are in place for our children and our schools. 

I want to shape the future of Catholic Education by shaping the structures and systems that help guide and support our schools.