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.  My role as an NLG is complimentary to my extensive skills and experience as a coach and mentor for interview skills and employability training within both the education and business sectors.

Location: (Borough/City/County) Essex
Governance experience:


Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

  • Primary
  • Academy
  • Multi Academy Trust – Trustee
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB 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


  • Created and delivered school specific training to governing bodies and MATs
  • Created and delivered Ofsted Preparation and Interview Support Workshops
  • Created and delivered How Can Governors Monitor Effectively
  • 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”.

Areas of expertise:



– Strategic leadership of school organisations


– Governance 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

Managing and prioritising risks


 – Strategic leadership of school improvement


– Governance reviews and health checks

Strategic Leadership of school improvement

External Reviews of Governance

Planning and leading strategic monitoring

Reviews of LGBs

Triangulation, benchmarking and holding to account

Facilitated governance self-reviews

Headteacher performance management

Skills audits and action planning

Monitoring of staff performance management

Performance Management of Chairs

Chair performance management

Governor appraisals

Complaint investigation and management


-Governance team leadership


– Other NLG Deployment Skills

Team leadership

Developing governor training

Recruiting and retaining the governance team

Delivering governor training

Succession planning

Developing governance support materials

Creating a team culture

Expectation setting and conduct

Holding the governance team to account

Creating a governance development plan

8. Training completed

Relationship management

Conflict management

Meeting management


– Governance Structures


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

Improvement Champion (Essex only)

Forming a MAT

Joining a MAT