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.

Location: (Borough/City/County) Essex
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:

 

 

 

Support:

  • 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.
Testimonials:

Areas of expertise:

 

1. STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

– Strategic leadership of school organisations

5. COMPLIANCE

– 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

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

 – Strategic leadership of school improvement

6. EVALUATION

– Governance reviews and health checks

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

Complaint investigation and management

3. PEOPLE

-Governance team leadership

7. OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE

– 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

4. STRUCTURES

– Governance Structures

8. NLG TRAINING COMPLETED

Governance team organisation, processes and structures – constitutions, terms of reference, role profiles

NLG induction

Trust board governance

External Review of Governance

Forming a Trust board

Governance leadership programme (DfE)

Forming a MAT

Joining a MAT

Governance in Federations