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.

Governance experience:

  • 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

'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'

1. Strategic Leadership 5. 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 Data management and GDPR
Managing and prioritising risks Health and Safety responsibilities
Equality responsibilities
Investigations, panels and appeals
2. Accountability 6. Evaluation
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
CEO performance management
Chair performance management
Complaint investigation and management
3. People 7. Other areas of expertise
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
Relationship management
Conflict management
Meeting management
4. 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 Power of Coaching
Trust board governance External Review of Governance
Forming a Trust board Governance leadership programme (DfE)
Forming a MAT
Joining a MAT
Governance in Federations