Simon Richards, Chairs Development Manager

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Simon leads Future Chairs, the succession planning and chairs recruitment and development element of the Inspiring Governance programme. Working with a range of strategic partners, Simon supports schools and academy trusts that have a foreseeable need for a chair of governors/trustees, vice-chair or committee chair, and oversees the induction and development of future chairs. Simon also manages the Inspiring Governance Mentoring Scheme.

Simon is an experienced governor, vice-chair and chair having governed in four different schools on the Isle of Wight in recent years, and is currently chair of governors at a primary school in Birmingham.

Before joining the NGA, Simon ran a governance development consultancy and had a long-term career in business management across public sector organisations in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

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