Linda Robinson

About me:
I was designated as an NLG in 2016 by the NCTL. In my role as an NLG I have coached and mentored COGs and Governors across Essex and Suffolk in different settings and with complex situations. I work with the North East Essex Teaching School Alliance (NEETSA) in creating and delivering their Developing Excellence in Governance Programme. I also create and deliver be-spoke workshops for COGs and governors at individual schools or within a MAT structure. I have been a governor since 2010 and a chair of governors since 2013. I am currently chair of governors at a maintained primary school in Essex. I am a Governance Advisor to a MAT.  My role as an NLG is complimentary to my extensive skills and experience as a coach and training provider for interview and leadership skills and employability training within both the education and business sectors.

Governance experience:

  • Multi Academy Trust – Chair
  • Multi Academy Trust - Trustee
  • Multi Academy Trust - LGB Chair
  • Member of SIB
  • Member of IEB
  • Primary - Chair

NLG experience:

Supporting new chairs of governors 

Supporting chairs with challenging and complex relationships with headteachers 

Supporting new governing bodies understand their roles and responsibilities

Supporting governors in a MAT structure

Supporting chairs in recruitment and induction of new governors

Coaching Chairs and LGBs in carrying out their roles within a MAT

Preparing for Ofsted

External Reviews of Governance

Multi Academy Trust Reviews

LA Working Group 

Created and delivered school specific training to governing bodies and MATs

Created and delivered Ofsted Preparation and Interview Support Workshops

Created and delivered How to Monitor Effectively

Created and delivered Induction/Refresher Training for Governors

Vision and Team Building Workshops

“Working with Linda is inspirational has provided solutions that fit me and my school in a way that training from governor services just doesn’t”. 

  “One to one coaching with Linda restored lost confidence and enabled me to fine tune skills I already had. She is extremely easy to speak to and I felt I could trust her from our first conversation”.  

“Working with Linda has been an incredibly positive experience both for me personally and for the governing body as whole”.  

“Thank you very much for undertaking this work. I think you have achieved miracles given the complexities of the situation”.  

“I really appreciate your support and it is good to know that if we have need for additional support we have a contact we can rely upon”.  

“It was a real pleasure to work with you. Your professionalism and expertise has taken our governing body to a whole new level and that is to the benefit of all in this school”.  

“A huge thank you for all the support you have given and continue to give to the school. You have approached this with sensitivity, compassion and kindness”.

1. Strategic Leadership 5. Compliance
Creating a shared vision, ethos and strategic direction Understanding the regulatory framework for governance
Strategic planning for schools and boards Compliance with the Academy Financial Handbook
Strategic financial leadership Readiness for Ofsted
Strategic HR leadership Effective Safeguarding
Strategic business leadership Strategic leadership of SEND and inclusion
Leading change management Strategic leadership of Pupil Premium and provision for disadvantaged pupils
Stakeholder engagement & communication Data management and GDPR
Managing and prioritising risks Health and Safety responsibilities
Equality responsibilities
Investigations, panels and appeals
2. Accountability 6. Evaluation
Strategic Leadership of school improvement External Reviews of Governance
Creating accountability structures, SMART targets and KPIs MAT Health Checks
Planning and leading strategic monitoring Reviews of LGBs
Presenting and analysing data Skills audits and action planning
Triangulation, benchmarking and holding to account Facilitated governance self-reviews
Headteacher performance management Performance Management of Chairs
Monitoring of staff performance management Governor appraisals
CEO performance management
Chair performance management
Complaint investigation and management
3. People 7. Other areas of expertise
Team leadership Leading governance networks
Recruiting and retaining the governance team Developing governor training
Succession planning Delivering governor training
Creating a team culture Developing governance support materials
Expectation setting and conduct
Holding the governance team to account
Creating a governance development plan
Relationship management
Conflict management
Meeting management
4. Structures 8. NLG Training Completed
Governance team organisation, processes and structures – constitutions, terms of reference, role profiles NLG induction
Creating a scheme of delegation Essential deployment skills
Governance in a Local Governing Body Power of Coaching
Trust board governance External Review of Governance
Forming a Trust board Governance leadership programme (DfE)
Forming a MAT
Joining a MAT
Governance in Federations