Mike Gee

About me:
I have been a governor for many years, starting as a staff governor of a secondary school in the early 1990s.  I was then involved in school governance as a deputy headteacher supporting the work of my school’s governing body.  In 2013 I became a governor of a church primary school, taking over as chair in 2014. In 2016 I was successful in my application to become an NLG and have supported a number of schools in this capacity since.  I am now chair of trustees of a new church-based academy trust, since my primary school converted to become the lead school in a new academy trust in April 2018.

Governance experience:

  • Staff Governor 1991-1999
  • Deputy Headteacher working with Governing Body 1999-2012
  • Primary School Governor 2013-2014
  • Primary School Chair of Governors 2014-2018

NLG experience:
I have supported a number of secondary and primary governing bodies and chairs since becoming an NLG in 2016 in a variety of ways

My professional role is leading governance for the country’s largest multi-academy trust, which has 63 primary, secondary and special schools spread across England.

Consultancy: I play this role as part of my professional role as Head of Governance

Training: As part of my professional role I am extensively involved in training and supporting governors in all aspects of their work.

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