David Backhouse

 

About me: As a Chair of Governors for 20+ years across 4 schools, I have extensive experience of leading their Governing Bodies through challenging and occasionally difficult situations, including HT appointments, suspension and dismissal of HTs, redundancy (at all levels), managing budget deficits, multi-million pound building programmes and conversion from Community to Academy status.

I have chaired Appeal Panels for: Complaint Reviews, Disciplinary (Staff), Flexible Working, Grievance and Permanent Exclusion.

I became an NLG in the first cohort in March 2012

Location: (Borough/City/County) London Borough of Redbridge (East London)
Governance experience:

 

Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
NLG experience:

 

 

 

Support:

  • Several deployments guiding CoGs to bring order and direction to dysfunctional GBs or to provide support in managing disruptive Governors and inappropriate behavior. These usually meant attending GB meetings as an observer.

Consultancy:

  • Providing procedural advice to CoGs (and HTs). Typically, telephone advice and/or an occasional meeting.
  • Conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Training:

  • Providing whole GB training on Governance in general, e.g. for new Governors, as well as leading specific training sessions on Roles & Responsibilities of CoGs, Budget Setting, Complaints Handling and HT Performance Management.
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

Readiness for Ofsted

Strategic financial leadership

Effective Safeguarding

Leading change management

Investigations, panels and appeals

Stakeholder engagement & communication

Managing and prioritising risks

2. ACCOUNTABILITY

 – Strategic leadership of school improvement

6. EVALUATION

– Governance reviews and health checks

Strategic Leadership of school improvement

Skills audits and action planning

Creating accountability structures, SMART targets and KPIs

Facilitated governance self-reviews

Planning and leading strategic monitoring

Performance Management of Chairs
Chair 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 governance support materials

Recruiting and retaining the governance team

Delivering governor training

Succession planning

Developing governor training

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

Creating a scheme of delegation

Essential deployment skills

Governance in a Local Governing Body

External Review of Governance

Trust board governance