NGA trustee appointments and elections

Elections to the Board 2017

Governing NGA as a trustee is engaging, challenging, enjoyable and fascinating. We have seen a sustained period of rapid growth in an arena of constant and seemingly endless change: our board comprises a talented mix of experienced school governors/trustees who bring to the table a wide range of valued business, education and charitable sector skills and knowledge.

Today almost a third of England’s 300,000 or so school governors and trustees are members; our profile is higher than ever and we sit at many of the highest tables in the country. Our reach is truly national but, to me, NGA still retains its close-knit, collegiate and extremely friendly atmosphere.

Why not have a think about joining the family? Our senior team and staff, working from NGA HQ in Birmingham, are a wonderful bunch; hardworking and hugely committed. You could help their and the charity’s continuing development through the same combination of support and challenge that you bring to your work as a school governor or trustee.

As a trustee you will have the opportunity to bring your own unique skills, knowledge and experience to help NGA in its charitable mission. In return you will gain insights into the workings of government, the education professions and the running of what is now a substantial operation – experience which you will be able to take back to your own governing board(s).

In common with many governing boards and indeed charity boards, NGA’s Board currently lacks diversity.  NGA recognises that a more diverse range of trustees can help to:  ensure a charity is fair and open in all its dealing, increase public confidence and accountability and can help strengthen decision-making by boards considering issues from more perspectives. We would welcome nominations in particular from candidates from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

If you would like to know more, are just not sure what is involved, or simply want to check if your skill set is what we’re looking for please do message me through the website; I'll be delighted to talk to you

Ian Courtney – NGA Chair -

Information for candidates

The maximum size of the NGA board is 13 trustees, nine of whom are elected by the membership and four appointed by the trustees.

There are vacancies for four elected trustees. Nominations for election are sought from: the East of England; London; the South East; and Yorkshire and Humber (NB: NGA uses the old government office regions).

All NGA trustees must be committed to NGA’s aims and charitable purpose and have the generic skills essential to be a trustee.  The board would particularly welcome nominations from individuals with skills/experience in the following areas:  Experience of national lobbying, recruitment including employment legislation, property/estate management and educational expertise

Candidates should have regard to the documents below: NGA trustee role description; trustee person specification; trustees’ skills audit; declaration of eligibility for trustees; declaration of interest form for trustees.

You may only stand for election as a trustee if you are serving governor/trustee/clerk at the time of nomination and election.

Nominations for election should be submitted on the nomination form (also available on the NGA website), no later than 17:00 on Friday 29 September 2017.

Along with their nomination forms, candidates will need to submit their declaration of eligibility, skills audit and declaration of interest form. Nominations should be submitted

Those elected will take office following the AGM on Saturday 18 November 2017.

Time commitment

There are four trustee meetings annually (usually December, March/April, July and September/October). All meetings take place at the NGA offices in Birmingham starting at 10.30 and finishing around 16:00. There is also an annual strategy day which takes place in late January/early February. Trustees are also expected to attend the annual conference and AGM in November and are invited to attend the summer conference and meetings in their region. Reasonable expenses are paid.

If you are thinking of standing these are the next two dates in the calendar:

  • Thursday 14 December - NGA Board meeting
  • Tuesday 30 January - NGA Trustees' Strategy day

Contact us

If you wish to discuss the trustee role please do contact our Chair, Ian Courtney –

Useful documents

NGA Declaration of Eligibility for Trustees 2017

NGA role description Board Member 2017

NGA Person specification

NGA Trustees skills audit

Nom Form Directors 2017

NGA Declaration of interest form for trustees