Resources for employers

Encouraging employees to volunteer as governors is a great way to support your community, at the same time as helping your staff to develop valuable business-related skills. Whatever the size of your business or professional network, we can help. We provide a variety of templates and tools including flyers, posters, case studies and guest speakers to help you encourage your staff to undertake this invaluable volunteering role.

For larger companies

Businesses with an existing corporate social responsibility or volunteering strategy usually find it’s easy to incorporate governor volunteer schemes. Staff at all levels in the organisation can take part, though those interested in developing skills in strategic planning, leadership, finance and managing people may find the experience most relevant. While many companies have established ways of working, top tips for encouraging volunteer participation may come in handy.

For SMEs

For small to medium sized companies looking to establish or expand a community volunteering scheme, school governance is a great opportunity. Staff undertake governance activities primarily in the evenings, and Inspiring Governance takes care of the registration and matching process for you. Governance won’t be for everyone due to the time commitment involved, but it’s a great way to develop professional skills as well as support education in your community. Our quick guide to starting a governance volunteering scheme will help you get started.

For small business owners

While micro-businesses may not have the capacity or staff numbers to warrant a volunteer scheme, school governance can still have significant benefits. Many small business owners report that becoming a governor has increased their knowledge – and that of key staff – in areas like finance, leadership, and strategic and long-term planning. This in turn helps them develop and grow their business and ensure it is an attractive proposition for investors. Find out more about the benefits.


5 steps to setting up a governance scheme – Inspiring Governance (PDF)




10 tips to develop your governance scheme – Inspiring Governance (PDF)



Why Encourage Your Employees to be Governors (PDF)




Inspiring Communities – Inspiring Governance (PDF)




Poster for your staffroom (PDF)




‘In our experience’ governor interview (PDF)




What is included in the Inspiring Governance support service for volunteers? (PDF)



Employers can join NGA as a corporate member to support their staff to govern more effectively. Find out more.