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The right people around the table: How to build a board

Interview with Judith Hicks – Head of Inspiring Governance
The title of my presentation at the academy show on the 22nd November 2017 at Birmingham NEC is taken from the NGA’s 8 elements of governance:

  1. The right people around the table
  2. Confident to have courageous conversations
  3. Committed to asking challenging questions
  4. Knowing the school
  5. Good relationships based on trust
  6. Professional Clerking
  7. Good Chairing
  8. Understanding roles & responsibilities

There is an argument that, if you get the right people around your governing board table – then it becomes slightly easier to fulfil the remaining elements.  Please note I said “slightly easier” NOT easy!

Because recruiting the right people with the right skills is so critical to effective governance, it is worth devoting more time to getting it right.  We all know that prioritising the work of governance is always a time management challenge – but time spent recruiting effective governors and trustees is always time well spent.

Easy to say – much harder to achieve – as part of the inspiring governance project, I know that there is  geographical variances in the availability of volunteers willing to serve as school governors and that while some schools struggle, others have more enquiries than they have vacancies!

My presentation will cover all the stages of the recruitment process; identifying the skills & attributes your board requires and understanding how that will dovetail into the governance competency framework. I will also cover suggestions on where you can go for extra support, top tips to promote your vacancy, companies who publically support their staff governing in schools, right through to conducting the interview and training for new governors and trustees.

Come along to the Recruitment & Skills Theatre and join the discussion about attracting, training and retaining the talent!

Judith Hicks, Head of Inspiring Governance, National Governance Association

Already looking for volunteers to fill positions on your governing board? Inspiring Governance is a free online recruitment service which connects prospective governs with schools and colleges in England. Volunteers also benefit from 12 months expert support through the National Governance Association. See how schools are already using Inspiring Governance to drive school improvement by clicking here.

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