Recruiting Governors

Inspiring Governance is a free, online service that connects schools and trusts in England with skilled volunteers in your area who are interested in becoming a school governor or trustee.

We work with employers, professional networks, FE providers and universities to find individuals interested in becoming school governors. Our volunteers come from a wide range of professions and sectors, with skills and expertise in areas such as finance, human resources, law, marketing and education.

Our remit covers state-funded schools in England. If you are in another part of the UK, or you are an independent school please see more information here.

Finding school governors or trustees

Our online technology lets you quickly search for volunteers based on skills, experience and location. You can then directly contact as many as you like, and invite them to have a conversation with you about the vacancy and what it entails. You can recruit for vacancies in a single school, or across multiple schools.

Find volunteers interested in becoming school governors or trustees
Find skilled volunteers interested in becoming school governors or trustees via our easy-to-use online platform

When you find and appoint volunteers through Inspiring Governance, the National Governance Association (NGA) will provide them with free support and expert guidance for 12 months. This will help them feel confident and capable in their new role and give them the essential knowledge and skills to govern effectively.

Each new appointment will receive:

  • A complimentary copy of an NGA induction guide – Welcome to Governance or Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust (dependent on school type);
  • Access to NGA’s extensive online guidance centre containing a wealth of governance resources;
  • Dedicated telephone and email support – staffed by professional advisers – to walk them through their first year;
  • NGA’s weekly e-newsletter featuring the latest education news and policy updates;
  • A monthly ‘hot topics’ email designed especially for new governors and trustees;
  • Access to eight CPD accreditted, e-learning induction modules on NGA Learning Link:
    • Governance: roles and responsibilities  
    • Your organisation: curriculum and school structures
    • Strategy: vision and values
    • Progress and attainment: understanding schools structures
    • Resources: finance and staffing
    • Working Together: building the team
    • Compliance: statutory responsibility and risk
    • Effectiveness: making an impact and changing lives;
  • If aged under 40, membership of the Young Governors’ Network.

This support and training is designed to complement local and face-to-face training.

Ready to start recruiting? Download our Guidance for Recruiters and User guide for Inspiring Governance, which shows you step-by-step how to find and message volunteers interested in becoming school governors, and post your vacancies on the Inspiring Governance site.

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Please note: We do not arrange Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for volunteers. See the Safeguarding page for more information.

Finding trustees for multi-academy trusts

Inspiring Governance works closely with Academy Ambassadors, a programme dedicated to finding individuals with the right level of professional skill and expertise to serve as trustees of large, changing or developing multi-academy trusts. Find out more.

Looking for a chair of governors?

Inspiring Governance also runs the Future Chairs Recruitment Service, which helps boards with the vital task of recruiting a high calibre individual who has the potential to become a chair, vice-chair or committee chair within a year of joining a school governing board. The service will identify and recruit appropriately experienced individuals across specific targets areas from within and beyond the education sector, who are willing to be considered for vice-chair and chair positions.

You can register/login to search for volunteers interested in becoming a Chair. If you appoint a suitable volunteer via Inspiring Governance, they will receive free training and support provided by the NGA. As a Future Chair, volunteers will be given a copy of the Chairs Handbook and offered the opportunity to join an NGA Leading Governance course, and be introduced to an experienced chair to act as a mentor for 12 months.

If you have any questions about the Future Chairs Service, please contact the Future Chairs team:

Judith Hicks – Head of Inspiring Governance at NGA – 0121 237 3780

Simon Richards – Chairs’ Development Manager at NGA – 0121 237 3780

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