Rosemary Lovatt

Name: Rosemary Lovatt
About me:I was designated as an NLG in 2014 by the NCTL. In 2015 I became the Advocate for National Leaders of Governance for the East of England. In 2017 the region I am responsible for was altered to match the RSC region, including NE London. I have been a governor since 2011 and a chair of governors since 2012. I have designed, developed and lead governor training for many years and have facilitated the Governance Leadership programme in Essex. I am a regular speaker at governor conferences and events. Currently I am chair of a primary school and a junior school in Essex.
Location: (City/County) Essex/ East of England
Governance experience:   
Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:
  • Primary
  • Junior
  • Secondary
  • Faith School
  • Academy
  • Multi Academy Trust – Member
  • Multi Academy Trust – Chair
  • Multi Academy Trust – Trustee
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB Chair
NLG experience:   
  • Supporting new chairs of governors
  • Supporting chairs with challenging relationship with headteachers
  • Supporting new governors
  • Supporting governing bodies wishing to improve their impact
  • Supporting governors in a new UTC
  • Ran governors’ network
  • Helped to recruit and rebuild a governing body
  • Helping LGBs understand their role in a MAT
  • External Reviews of Governance
  • Preparation for Ofsted
  • Developed a Peer review tool for governors
  • Designed, developed and delivered governor training for Essex Education Services
  • Led the Governance Leadership Programme in Essex
  • Designed and delivered bespoke training to governing bodies and MATs
Testimonials:       Thank you, Rosemary, this was one of the best training courses I’ve attended

Truly inspiring, as an experienced governor this has really reinvigorated me

Thank you for helping me understand what I’m supposed to be doing. Your help and support has been invaluable

I really appreciate your help and support. I feel more confident to take on the challenges of a new chair

Thank you, I know understand what we need to focus on as a local governing body

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

Equality responsibilities

Leading change management

Readiness for Ofsted

Strategic HR leadership

Effective Safeguarding

Stakeholder engagement & communication

Strategic leadership of SEND and inclusion

Managing and prioritising risks

Strategic leadership of Pupil Premium and provision for disadvantaged pupils


 – Strategic leadership of school improvement


– Governance reviews and health checks

Strategic Leadership of school improvement

External Reviews of Governance

Creating accountability structures, SMART targets and KPIs

Governor appraisals

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


Complaint investigation and management

7. Other NLG Deployment Skills


-Governance team leadership


– Other NLG Deployment Skills

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

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

Governance leadership programme (DfE)

Forming a MAT

Improvement Champion (Essex only)

Joining a MAT