Who can be a Governor?

Who can be a Governor?

We welcome all enquiries from people who want to be a Governor in one of our academies. If you’re interested it may best to compare yourself to our ‘person specification’ – to see if you’d be a good fit.

Personal Attributes

  • A genuine interest in the education of children
  • A commitment to co-operative values, principles and ethos
  • Personal integrity and the ability to be open and honest
  • Sound, independent judgement and the courage to stand up for what they believe in
  • Common sense and diplomacy
  • The ability to establish credibility with the professional workforce
  • The ability to think creatively and to meet challenges with innovative solutions
  • People focused with an empathy for others
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of governors
  • Sufficient time, commitment and enthusiasm to fulfil the role

Skills and Experience

  • Strong business acumen or experience in education
  • Experience of strategic decision making
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • High level experience and skills working with stakeholders/residents/communities; and/or
  • High level experience of working in a business enterprise; and/or
  • Experience of education provision and improvement
  • It would also be helpful, but not essential, for governors to have experience as a board member in another sector or as a governor or trustee of another school
  • Specific professional experience in HR, performance management, estates management or financial management.