Who Leads the NGA?

 
Emma Knights, Chief Executive

Emma Knights, Chief Executive

Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Goverance 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. Email emma.knights@nga.org.uk

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Ian Courtney MBE, NGA Chair

Ian Courtney MBE, NGA Chair

Ian has been an NGA Trustee since November 2011 and was re-elected to the board in November 2015. He was re- elected chair on 10 December 2015.

He is currently chair of governors of a cross-phase federation of 5 schools in West Devon and chair of the Co-Operative Trust that they, along with two other local schools, sit within. He is chair of the Devon Association of Governors and chairs the Devon Education (Schools) Forum. In the 2015 Queen's New Year Honours, Ian was awarded an MBE for services to education.

He is also a National Leader of Governance which gives him a good knowledge of how governance works in practice across many schools.

Ian is now retired  but has held previously been Specialised Relationship Manager for NatWest. He is a committed Rotarian, keen walker, cyclist and Motorcyclist, and likes to spend time relaxing in Brittany.

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