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Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the Chair’s Handbook.
Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years and recently became a founding trustee of the Foundation for Leadership in Education. Follow Emma on Twitter @NGAMedia.
Gillian Allcroft is NGA's Deputy Chief Executive. Gillian's role includes developing policy, representing NGA at external meetings and oversight of NGA's Policy and Information team.
Gillian worked for the National Governors' Council prior to its merger with the National Association of School Governors to form the NGA. Before that she worked at the Department for Education. She is co-author of the Chair’s Handbook with Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the NGA, and is chair of governors at a junior school in Solihull.
Mark is Public Relations Officer at the National Governors' Association. He fields enquiries from journalists and contributes to our publications, campaigns, web and social media output. His areas of special interest are: parliamentry activity, Pupil Voice, governor recruitment and parental engagement.
Before joining the NGA, he read English Literature at the University of Manchester and also has an M.A. in Creative Writing. He is a governor in a primary school.
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