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Joan is currently Vice Chair of FASNA, Chair of Governors of a large 11-18 pupil converter academy in Essex, Chair of a 300+ pupil community primary school currently converting as a stand-alone academy and has served as vice chair of a special school. In 2007 she won the DfE Governor of the Year Award for the Eastern Region. With a professional background in education she has taught in both the secondary and primary phase and in the adult education service.

Since 1994 Joan has continuously been involved, at a national level, on a whole range of consultation and strategy groups through predecessor associations of FASNA and now focuses on employer, admissions and governance issues. She has recently edited the FASNA book ‘Effective Governance – greater accountability for raising standards. Is your governing body prepared for the challenge?’ which has received ‘outstanding’ reviews. It seeks to link the requirements of the Ofsted framework with practical questions, actions and information to support governors in undertaking their core responsibilities. She has also edited a companion guide about effective financial management for School Business Managers and Governors.

Joan is also responsible for the FASNA professional development programme for Governors and School Leaders which encompasses all aspects of governance including skills audits, governance reviews, bespoke school sessions and clerking. This programme focuses on the concept of professional and skilled governance using our acronym ‘PASS’ as a starting point to explore the question ‘Is your governing body Professional in practice and membership, Accountable with robust structures, Strategic in operation and outlook, Skilled in challenging and supporting?’