Becky Poynter


About me: I was designated as an NLG in 2016 by the NCTL. I have worked in education administration since 1982 in both the voluntary and public sector, in London and East Anglia. I was a senior administrator in schools in Essex and clerk to governors. I have been a governor since 2008, became Chair in 2009 and started a Governance Consultancy in January 2014. I became an Associate Tutor for Essex Governor Services in 2015 and Governance Advisor to the Samuel Ward Academy Trust in September 2016. I have also worked for both Essex and Suffolk Local Authorities as an additional governor and a member of interim executive boards. I am a parent governor at my daughter’s secondary school and am a Director of the Vine Schools Trust, Diocesan of Chelmsford MAT. I also work for Suffolk Schools’ Choice as a Clerk.
Location: (Borough/City/County) I live on the Essex/Suffolk border but am willing to work across the Eastern region.
Governance experience:


Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

  • Primary
  • Faith School
  • Academy sector
  • Multi Academy Trust – Trustee
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB Chair
NLG experience:




I have experience of a variety of governing bodies from small, half-form entry primary schools to 1200+ pupil roll, secondary schools.

I have particular experience in the following areas:


  • Governance recruitment, induction and training.
  • Supporting individual governors; coaching/mentoring Chairs.
  • Developing/improving relationships
  • Supporting transition to becoming an academy/joining a MAT
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Effective use of the Pupil Premium grant, championing disadvantaged pupils.
  • Recruitment of senior school leaders


  • External Reviews of Governance
  • Assistance with converting to an Academy/joining a MAT


  • Delivery of Training including: Preparing for Ofsted; Safeguarding Responsibilities for Governors; Pupil Premium for Governors; Roles & Responsibilities
  • Developed a series of “Blast” sessions for LGBs
  • ‘The presentation of this course was lively and engaging, I would rate the presenter highly in relation to the courses I have attended’
  • ‘As a new Governing Board of newly federated schools, it was an excellent evening. It raised plenty of questions for us to discuss, and, in so doing, helped the new board to gel. Mrs. Poynter was very good at keeping the discussions moving forward.’
  • ‘Thank you for your constant help and support’
  • ‘Many thanks for your help and advice this pm. It is good to know that there is someone coming at this from a Governor’s point of view.’


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

Readiness for Ofsted

Strategic financial leadership

Effective Safeguarding

Stakeholder engagement & communication

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

Planning and leading strategic monitoring

MAT Health Checks

Triangulation, benchmarking and holding to account

Reviews of LGBs

Headteacher performance management

Skills audits and action planning

Facilitated governance self-reviews


-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

Other pertinent skills:

Holding the governance team to account

Due diligence

Creating a governance development plan

Arranging training events and conferences

Relationship management

Meeting management


– Governance Structures


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

NLG induction

Governance in a Local Governing Body

Essential deployment skills

Joining a MAT

Power of Coaching

External Review of Governance

Governance leadership programme (DfE)