Information and Policy

Our Information and Policy team develop guidance documents and information available on our online guidance centre. Practical governance resources include model polices; checklists; information summaries; insights; case studies, and much more.


Fay Holland, Senior Policy Officer

Fay is the Senior Policy Officer at the NGA. Her role involves developing NGA’s policy agenda and positions, campaigns and lobbying, producing briefings and responding to consultations and inquiries. Fay also contributes to NGA’s guidance, research, communications and publications. She is responsible for policy relating to school funding, accountability, Ofsted, school improvement and primary assessment. Fay leads on content for the weekly e-newsletter, the Community MATs network and the annual NGA & TES school governance survey.

Before joining NGA, Fay achieved a first in History from the University of St Andrews and is currently studying for an MA in Policy and Social Research at Aston University.

Email: fay.holland@nga.org.uk


Sam Henson, Head of Information 

Sam is Head of Information. Sam’s role includes managing and developing the NGA online Guidance Centre – the information hub for governors, quality assuring guidance and advice covering all aspects of school governance and developing resources for members. In addition to this, Sam contributes guidance features to the NGA magazine. Sam's policy areas include the structure of multi academy trusts and schemes of delegation.

Before joining the NGA, Sam worked for a large multi academy trust chain leading an in-house governance team, supporting governors across a national network of academies through training, advice and guidance.

Email: sam.henson@nga.org.uk


Shelby Roberts, Policy Officer 

Shelby is Policy Officer at the NGA. Her role includes developing NGA’s policy agenda and positions, campaigns and lobbying, producing briefings and responding to consultations and inquiries. Shelby also contributes to NGA’s guidance, research, communications and publications. Her areas of interest are: the broad and balanced curriculum, careers guidance, Parliamentary business, organisational culture, vision and strategy. She also supports the Young Governors’ Network.

Before joining NGA, Shelby achieved a first in History at the University of Warwick. She is a co-opted governor at a maintained primary school in Birmingham.

Email: shelby.roberts@nga.org.uk


Tom Fellows, Senior Research Lead

Tom is the senior research lead at the NGA. He leads on NGA research-based projects, with some of his outputs including work around Ofsted local authority school improvement inspections and executive headteachers. He is currently working on projects around headteacher recruitment, headteacher performance appraisal and multi-academy trust case-studies. Tom is also part of the wider policy and information team at the NGA and leads on secondary assessment, Prevent and sixth-forms.

Before joining the NGA, Tom achieved a first class degree in History and Politics from the University of Lancaster. He has recently achieved a distinction in a research methods MA from the University of Birmingham.

Email: tom.fellows@nga.org.uk


 

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