Baroness Howe, NGA President

Baroness Howe is the NGA president. She is also currently a governor of the London School of Economics, has chaired the Broadcasting Standards Commission (1993-99) and Business in the Community's Opportunity 2000 initiative (1994-98).

Baroness Howe was appointed a Member of the House of Lords as Baroness Howe of Idlicote in 2001. From 1975-1979 she served as the first Deputy Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission. In 1990 she chaired the Hansard Society's Commission, resulting in the publication of the report Women at the Top, and in 1992 she co-authored ‘Women on the Board’.

John Adams, Vice President

Professor John Adams is Emeritus Professor, University of Hertfordshire.

In an academic career of more than 30 years, John has taught, researched and examined in economics in universities in the UK and overseas, and has written and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects in economics, staff development and governance. He has authored more than 90 books, articles, reports and seminar papers.

John was the first chair of the newly-formed National Governors’ Association; before that he was the chair of the National Association of School Governors. In November 2006, he was elected the first vice president of the NGA.

In 2002 John was part of a ministerial delegation to the Russian Parliament to advise on the introduction of school governing bodies throughout the Russian Federation, and in 2004 undertook a lecture tour to South Africa under the aegis of the University of Pretoria, to share experience of governance and good practice from the UK.

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