As a Chair of Governors for 20+ years across 4 schools, I have extensive experience of leading their Governing Bodies through challenging and occasionally difficult situations, including HT appointments, suspension and dismissal of HTs, redundancy (at all levels), managing budget deficits, multi-million pound building programmes and conversion from Community to Academy status.
I have chaired Appeal Panels for: Complaint Reviews, Disciplinary (Staff), Flexible Working, Grievance and Permanent Exclusion.
I became an NLG in the first cohort in March 2012
Several deployments guiding CoGs to bring order and direction to dysfunctional GBs or to provide support in managing disruptive Governors and inappropriate behavior. These usually meant attending GB meetings as an observer.
Providing procedural advice to CoGs (and HTs). Typically, telephone advice and/or an occasional meeting.
Conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct.
Providing whole GB training on Governance in general, e.g. for new Governors, as well as leading specific training sessions on Roles & Responsibilities of CoGs, Budget Setting, Complaints Handling and HT Performance Management.