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Alan Gardner

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  • Contact Number: 01287 203907
  • Alternative Number: 07910 872015
  • Areas Covered: Teesside, N Yorks, Co Durham

Clerk for ten years in both maintained and LGB MAT primaries. National College Clerking undertaken and excellent references available. 24 years as a Governor including 5 as Chair of a maintained school.

Now semi-retired following a career in IT, Business Services and Management Consultancy. Qualified in Accounting, IT and Post Grad Management (Manchester and Cranfield.) Also now undertake voluntary work for the CofE and many charities raising funds through grants in Teesside very successfully.

Alanson Solutions

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  • Contact Number: 020 8405 1844
  • Alternative Number: 07946 673996
  • Areas Covered: Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Lambeth, Merton, Sutton

I worked as Governor Development Adviser providing a full range of clerking, governance support and advice services, legislation and regulations to school governing boards in a Local Authority setting for 8 years. Schools covered have included a variety of maintained (Primary, Secondary), Academies, Free, Voluntary Aided, Nurseries, Children's Centres and Hospital Schools. I have extensive experience of both full Governing Board and committee meetings as well as statutory and non-statutory panel hearings including staff disciplinary, capability, grievance, parental/staff complaints and pupil exclusion. As a governor (former chair) in a local CofE primary academy bringing the school from special measures to good, I am fully up to date with the legislative regime and 'direction of travel' in relation to national education policy and fully understand the importance of a board's need for their own training and development. I have undertaken the National College for Leadership's Clerks' and Chair's Developement Programmees and I am Clerk to the board of directors of a professional institute. I am also well placed to offer business and change management consultancy as an experienced management consultant and interim manager over 20 years. 

I am available for emergency duties at short notice and am able to offer cover where required, if I am unable to undertake a particular meeting or assignment. Rates are dependent upon the number of meetings/committees and time commitment required before, during and after meetings and whether ad hoc or regular clerking. Please contact me if you would like a copy of my CV or to discuss your clerking or school business development needs. References available.

Angela Carr

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  • Contact Number: 02476831561
  • Areas Covered: Coventry, Warwickshire

The Governor Support Service is committed to providing an effective service to improve the governance of educational establishments in Coventry and the surrounding area. The Governor Service Manager is Angela Carr and Kelly Goddard is the Senior Team Leader. In addition, there are twelve Governor Support Specialist Officers who act as Clerks to Governors. All schools are allocated a named Clerk who will be the day to day contact and the main deliverer of the service to the Governing Board. The service is centrally based and has a wealth of experienced staff that also provide advice to governance related enquiries.

Please contact the Governor Support Service for more information on our Service Level Agreement options.

Asad Muzammal

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  • Contact Number: 07956212255
  • Alternative Number: 07956212255
  • Areas Covered: London

Asad is a highly experienced ex-Local Authority Governor Services Officer, with over ten years of clerking experience covering all types and phases of schools including Special, PRUs and MATs. Previous experiences include being a member of a LA Children Services Scrutiny Committee and LA Schools Funding Forum and a previous role as a School Business Manager. Until recently, Asad was a trustee of a National Charity (Tax Volunteers). Asad also supports the local community by organising regular cycle rides in the area through his work with British Cycling.
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Benjamin Washington

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  • Contact Number: 07770 464 444
  • Areas Covered: South East, London

I have successfully completed the Clerks' Development Programme (licenced by the National College for Teaching and Leadership) and am an accredited clerk for school governing boards. I also have a Degree and have worked as a clerk to school governing bodies in a Local Authority setting for over 10 years. Throughout that time and to date, I have provided governance support and information on all aspects of governors' roles and responsibilities to Maintained (Primary and Secondary), Voluntary Aided, Academies, Nurseries, Children's Centres, Federations, Special Schools and Provision for Children Outside Mainstream Education. I also have substantial experience of clerking Steiner schools and am available to clerk independent schools. I am now clerking Church of England schools within Diocesan Board of Education Multi Academy Trusts and also have substantial experience of clerking Local Authority Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education. I am currently clerking Governing boards within a Diocesan board of Education MAT. 

I am Chair of a governing body and am fully up to date with the legislative regime and 'direction of travel' in relation to national Education policy. I am an excellent communicator, erudite, eloquent and efficient. 

I am working in collaboration with Nicole Galea, a fellow Clerk, in order to offer Governing Bodies continuity and support. We are working in collaboration and will endeavour to cover each other’s meetings where necessary.

Bernadette Wallis

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  • Contact Number: 07955 788678
  • Areas Covered: Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Central London.

I am a qualified Company Secretary (ACIS) with experience in the charity, education and not for profit sectors. I have several years’ experience of F.E. clerking and administration and have a good knowledge of good governance requirements in the education and charity sectors.  I have recently gained an in depth knowledge of new data protection requirements which will be put in place with GDPR and updates to UK Data Protection legislation. I worked for several years for a short life ‘start up’ non departmental public body and was responsible for a number of projects as part of that role including management of its cessation and production of a lifetime review. I am based in Hertfordshire and am willing to take on roles in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, as well as central London. Ideally I am looking for short term, part time assignments.

Carole Owen

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  • Contact Number: 01925 470 209
  • Alternative Number: 07802 714 219
  • Areas Covered: Cheshire, Lancashire, Calderdale, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside, Sefton

I am a retired secondary Headteacher who has been a governor at 3 primary schools and a FE college. I am currently a member of a 6th form college governing body and a primary school.
Qualifications: BA Hons, M.Sc Cert Ed, NPQH.
I am clerk to governors at 2 secondary schools, provide governor training and undertake governance reviews.

Claire Jukes

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  • Contact Number: 07986 163008
  • Areas Covered: Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands

 I am a qualified solicitor with extensive committee and governance experience gained in local authority legal services. I am now running my own business providing clerking and governance services to education establishments, organisations and community groups. I currently provide a clerking and governance service to two primary schools in the West Midlands area and I was formerly a clerk to a school in Telford.

Cooper Barton Ltd

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  • Contact Number: 01772 876826
  • Areas Covered: North West England

 Cooper Barton Ltd specialises in providing high quality support, clerking services, advice and training for school governing boards. They have a wealth of expertise in school governance and offer a wide range of services, providing excellent value for money. 

Tracy Barton and Patricia Cooper have together over 40 years' experience in school governance. They have spent several years working in local authority Governor Support providing clerking services, training and advice to governing bodies of maintained and academy schools. 

For further details, please visit our website

Craig Felton

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  • Contact Number: 0121 296 3003
  • Areas Covered: West Midlands

A professional and independent clerk is an integral element of good governance in schools and academies.

At SIPS Education we have a team of 25 clerks supporting around 130 schools and academies across the West Midlands. 
We can provide you with a dedicated clerk who would deliver a highly professional and bespoke service designed to meet the individual needs of your governing board.  

David M Laird (DML Clerking & Education Support Service)

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  • Contact Number: 07484746487
  • Areas Covered: East England, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands

I am an experienced Education & Governance Consultant providing professional clerking, governance and other support services to all forms of schools/educational institutions. My experience in education and school governance has been for more than 6yrs. I am also experienced in the following other fields - carrying out Governance & Compliance audits, Safeguarding Audits, advising on various employment related matters (including staff disciplinary and appeals), advising on admissions (including Admission Appeals), exclusions (including IRPs), governance training and mentoring, along with other educational aligned services. I trained to be a lawyer and am educated to Masters degree level in Law and Management. I am also pursuing a PhD in Law.

Debbie Penny

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  • Contact Number: 07799 704105
  • Areas Covered: Selby, Wakefield, Tadcaster, Pontefract

I became a Receptionist at our local high school in 2005 and left reluctantly when we moved too far away for me to travel each day. I started work for North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) in July 2010 as a Clerk to Governors. I built up my portfolio to six primary schools and now also clerk for two academy schools on a self-employed basis. NYCC provide excellent training for clerks that is attended on a termly basis and we are kept up to date with all legislation and I have recently completed a National College for Teaching & Leadership Clerks Development Programme. I have clerked for a secondary school and also for Disciplinary and Appeals Committees. In addition, I am a qualified proof reader. I have 25 years of business experience and management. 

Educator Solutions Clerking Service

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  • Areas Covered: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire

Educator Solutions offer a comprehensive clerking service designed to meet all of your clerking needs, whether for a permanent clerk or to service a one-off or ad-hoc meeting. All clerks are fully trained and meet clerking standards. 

EduClerks Ltd

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  • Contact Number: 07595022143
  • Areas Covered: West Yorkshire

We are a small Leeds based business offering professional, independent clerking, training and consultancy services to schools and academies. We have extensive experience in all aspects of educational clerking, including Governing Boards, Trust Boards, Complaints Panels, HR Panels, Exclusion Review Panels and Admission Appeals Panels. 

Eliot Barrass

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  • Areas Covered: County Durham, Tyne, North Yorkshire

I have been employed as a Clerk in the House of Commons Commission for approximately seven years. In this role I have provided clerking and general secretariat services for several House select committees, including the Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Business, Innovation and Skills Committees. In particular I have been responsible for:

  • - The provision of oral and written briefings to Committee Members;
  • - The arranging of Committee meetings and circulation of papers;
  • - Providing advice to the Committee Chair and other Members as required; and
  • - Ensuring that Committee proceedings take place in accordance with House Standing Orders, including the drafting and publication of minutes of meetings. 

Emma Woodhouse

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  • Contact Number: 07595030936
  • Areas Covered: East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber

I have previously worked as a Governor Training Manager providing a full range of clerking, training, advisory services and development opportunities to maintained schools, MATs, free schools and Nursery settings for over ten years.

I have extensive experience of clerking Governing Board and Committee meetings alongside hearings which have included Staff Discipline, Pupil Discipline, Appeals, Independent Review Panels and Admission Appeal hearings.

I hold an NVQ Level 3 in Clerking through Hampshire LA and am licensed to deliver the same to other clerks.

I am also an accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer and have completed the Home Office's Train the Trainer for WRAP (Prevent).

Please contact me for more details.

Greg Jones

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  • Areas Covered: Somerset

I have a BTEC level 3 in Clerk to Governors. I currently clerk for 4 schools (3 primaries and 1 infant and am also a governor at a secondary school. 

I am offering support to new clerks - or to any clerk that wants help with their role as administrator/adviser to a governing body.

Hazel Dewey

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  • Contact Number: 07565533286
  • Areas Covered: North Hampshire, Surrey, Bracknell Forest

I have ten years' experience of governance and business management within schools, gained in Voluntary Aided, State-maintained, and Academy settings, and was a manager in Higher and Further Education sectors in London and Hampshire. I now run a consultancy specialising in Governance and Business Management, mainly working for Trustee Boards in Multi-Academy Trusts and those considering the transition. I have a business studies degree, the SBM Diploma, and am an accredited Clerk. I am a governor for a large Primary in Berkshire, and keep up to date with all legislation.

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Heather Large

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  • Contact Number: 07746 359827
  • Areas Covered: Gloucestershire, Wilts, West Berks, South Oxfordshire

 I have completed the NCTL Clerk to the Governors Accreditation.  I have a degree in Business Studies completed with the Open University.  I have over five years of Clerk experience with SEN MAT Academy, Charity Trust, Primary Church Schools, Secondary SEN School, FE College and LA maintained Primary Schools.  I have over 25 years working experience at PA/Executive Assistant level, qualified in PRINCE II Project Management and have a very good working knowledge of education overall.  Am available for emergency Clerking Administration/Minute taking duties at short notice.

Helen Owen

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  • Contact Number:  01902759979
  • Areas Covered: West Midlands

I offer an independent, reliable, and flexible service to support all aspects of the work of the governing body in schools in any phase. My previous experience includes seven years' local authority school improvement support and four years' Ofsted inspection, including acting as a mentor for trainee inspectors. Skilled at minute taking and conversant with all statutory requirements of governance. 

Hull City Council Governor Support Service

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  • Contact Number:  01482 613573
  • Alternative Number:  01482 613380
  • Areas Covered:  Hull, East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire

We are a team of experienced clerks able to cover all aspects of clerking including academies, trust boards, LA maintained schools, children's centres / nurseries and others. 


We offer :

Absolute confidentiality and professionalism;

Professional minutes and drafting of agendas, photocopying and circulation of documentation;

Access to advice and guidance on all governing body matters;

Committee packages offered in addition to core package;

Full governor training programme offered free as part of overall package;

Secure archiving of minutes and membership.

Illesse Test2

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  • Contact Number: 07468511996
  • Areas Covered: East Midlands


Jack Minto

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  • Contact Number: 07514 499238
  • Areas Covered: Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk

Retired Corporate Rescue consultant and Non-Executive Director. Legal and company secretary background. LLB MBA. 

Currently Clerk to the Governors for several schools (MAT and LA) on a freelance basis. Available to clerk governors' meetings on an emergency ad-hoc basis. Can act as clerk to Pupil Exclusion panels and Pupil Admission Appeals panels. Advisor on SEND Tribunals and Appeals. Consultant on role and responsibilities of governors - including compliance and legal matters. 

James Anthony Dickinson

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  • Contact Number: 07770 920879

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Jamie Wade

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  • Contact Number: 07825953686
  • Areas Covered: South Buckinghamshire, North Berkshire, East Oxfordshire

 I am a diligent professional with a strong understanding of school governance, policy and HR. Having worked for the past two years in Operations and HR within a small multi-academy trust, I have provided clerking services for the Board of Trustees, as well as for Local Governing Body meetings and HR processes. I am well-placed to advise on a range of issues, due to my involvement in policy review, data reporting, governance and HR. My excellent written communication skills enable me to clearly, concisely and accurately minute meetings, ensuring that key challenges and decisions are recorded appropriately and minutes are presented professionally. I am also trained and experienced in the duties of a Company Secretary. I understand the need for an efficient, reliable and high quality clerking service for busy schools and trusts, and would be delighted to discuss your requirements, so please do get in touch.

Jane Smith

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  • Contact Number: 0114 2506877
  • Alternative Number: 0114 2506892
  • Areas Covered: Sheffield, Rotherham

We are a Governance Improvement Service within Sheffield City Council. We employ trained and qualified clerks to cover our 300 meetings each term. We provide a termly newsletter for Governors full of advice and help to improve Governance in our schools. We provide an annual school business planner, assistance and support to recruit suitably skilled governors, help with guidance on the management of pupil exclusions, and advice and guidance on committee and governing board structures. 

Jenny Howell

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  • Contact Number: 07902 906993
  • Areas Covered: Somerset, Bristol

I have just started Clerking for a Primary School in Bristol (Meetings are Monday evenings) and I have the capacity to Clerk for a second school. I have previously been a Staff Officer to a Senior Manager within the Police and have experience setting agendas, working with the chair, attending meetings, producing meetings, tracking actions set and also updating Policies and Procedures. I have also previously worked as a Projects Officer and Business Systems Developer and have a degree BA Hons in Business Studies. 

Jill Huntington

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  • Contact Number: 03000 265687
  • Alternative Number: 03000364338
  • Areas Covered: North East

Our service provides highly qualified, professionally trained Clerks delivering year-round advice and guidance on all matters relating to school governance.
We offer a full clerking service including maintenance of membership records, preparation of agendas, clerking at meetings, minute production for full Governing Body meetings and committees including support for exclusions and HR related meetings, support for elections and unlimited year-round telephone advice and support. We can also deliver a package of governor training and governance reviews.

Joanne Rendell - Tameside MBC Governor Support Service

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  • Contact Number: 0161 342 3206
  • Alternative Number: 0161 342 2208
  • Areas Covered: North West

We offer a professional clerking service to schools. Our team of clerks are highly experienced. We offer an annual clerking service as well as the clerking of ad hoc short notice meetings for current and new customers. Please get in touch if we can be of assistance.

Johann Boorman

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  • Areas Covered: Lincolnshire, Peterborough 

Prior to my recent move to Market Deeping (north of Peterborough) I clerked for Kent County Council and Medway County Council in 4 very different primary schools. I only started clerking in 2013 and so consider myself to be a new clerk but I have years of administration/office management experience and also currently work for a charity as their administrator. 

John Christison

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  • Areas Covered: East Kent

School governor 1999-2010. Worked in school finance for community, VA and VC schools as well as LA PRU. Have clerked at various times for all these schools. Keep up to date with governance regulations. 

John Plant

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  • Contact Number: 07950 760 586 
  • Areas Covered: Newham, Barking, Redbridge, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Havering

I have been clerking for twelve years, covering primary and secondary, including one academy. I have worked with a number of schools in special measures and one case where delegated budget powers were removed, to assist recovery. I worked for eleven years as a School Business Manager. I am also a school governor and chair of the finance committee. 

Judicium Education

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  • Contact Number: 020 7336 8403
  • Areas Covered: All

 Our clerking service is provided to numerous school, both maintained schools and Academies, secondary and primary. Although our main office is based in London, we also have offices in Bolton, Fareham, Hampshire and Harlow, and our services are nationwide.

Our clerks have a background in education or as company secretaries.

You can view further details of our clerking service on our website

Karen Little

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  • Contact Number: 01539 823 706
  • Areas Covered: South Cumbria, North Lancashire

Independent, flexible and competitively priced clerking services for:

Primary, secondary and/or special maintained schools and academies.

Support can be provided for adhoc meetings (Governing Body, Committees) or as an annual package for meetings and additional services to enable effective functioning of the Governing Body.

 Background details: 

Currently a governor (15+ years experience) and also Clerk to a local Parish Council.

Previously managed the Governor Support Services for Cumbria County Council.

15+ years experience of administering public service governance frameworks.

Completed NCTL Clerks' Development Programme - summer 2015.

For more information, just get in touch. Thank you.

Kathleen Formosa

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  • Areas Covered:  London

 I am an established senior administrator with a particular focus on governance and compliance in the education and charity/not-for-profit sectors. I have 13 years experience working at board level in the US and the UK, with the most recent 10 years of that experience gained in working as company secretary to an independent HE college and cultural institution. I have extensive experience of servicing and attending governor and trustee board and committee meetings, governor/trustee recruitment and development, and stakeholder management. I am adaptable, well-presented and personable, with excellent organisational skills.


I also have highly developed influencing skills with experience of organisational change management, strategic planning, policy development and implementation, should the school require services and support outside the scope of the clerking function.

Laura Nicholson

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  • Contact Number: 07793 091459
  • Areas Covered: Cheshire; Lancashire, Liverpool, Wirral, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Stockport

 Independent clerking service to the governing boards of 48 schools. Includes primary and secondary schools and academies/MATs and special schools. 

The service includes support/advice prior to, during and after meetings for full governing body/Board meetings, committee meetings and other meetings (exclusions, discipline/dismissal and complaints). We are available for meetings any days/times. 
We are a team of 9 and have either completed the NCTL clerks training 2015, or are booked onto it. We undertake termly training. 
Cover is available. Our team are experiences, reliable, and offer a bespoke service for your governing board.
For more information, please see our website.

Lesley Millard

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  • Contact Number: 07921 645 756
  • Alternative Number: 01937 862 916
  • Areas Covered: North West, Yorkshire and Humber

I am a project manager professional in education and a qualified clerk. I currently Clerk for a medium size Trust with a mixture of primary, secondary, and soon to be University Technical College. I have experience of formation of MATs and therefore a sound understanding of governance and school/trust legal structures. I also have experience of clerking for primary and secondary schools and have been a Governor for 6 years and a Vice Chair for 2 years. I bring a wealth of experience through my professional career and time as a governor. I work for GLK Solutions Ltd which is where my clerking services would be contracted through.

Lesley Millard

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  • Contact Number: 07921 645 756
  • Alternative Number: 01937 862 916
  • Areas Covered: North West, Yorkshire and Humber

I am a project manager professional in education and a qualified clerk. I currently Clerk for a medium size Trust with a mixture of primary, secondary, and soon to be University Technical College. I have experience of formation of MATs and therefore a sound understanding of governance and school/trust legal structures. I also have experience of clerking for primary and secondary schools and have been a Governor for 6 years and a Vice Chair for 2 years. I bring a wealth of experience through my professional career and time as a governor. I work for GLK Solutions Ltd which is where my clerking services would be contracted through.

Lindsay Hole

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  • Contact Number: 07969 6925993
  • Areas Covered: Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset

 I am a professional Clerk with over 6 years’ experience of clerking committee meetings, board meetings, exclusion meetings and appeal meetings.  I have a Business & Management Degree, numerous typing and text processing certificates and I am currently working towards the completion of the National Clerks Development Programme .  For more information please visit

Lindsay Ogden

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  • Contact Number: 07795418221 

Lisa Spencer

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  • Contact Number: 07808 027 152
  • Areas Covered: London, Essex

I have 8 years' experience of being a governing body clerk and 2 years ago started my own clerking business. I have clerked primary/secondary/nursery/IEBs/Children's Centres/faith and academy schools. I am also an independent clerk for several local authorities. I have training and experience across the board on all governance issues and as a chair of governors for 7 years can bring a wealth of personal experience to the role. I have mentored several chairs and governors, delivered training and supported governors through the Ofsted process. 

Lisa Wilks

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  • Contact Number: 07796 993066
  • Areas Covered: Reading

I have been clerking since 2003 for maintained and academy primary schools and have IEB experience.  I enjoy the variety clerking work brings to my professional life and I enjoy contributing to my community.

From September 2015 I am temporarily reducing my workload but could offer the following service:
·         Emergency cover e.g. one-off meetings or special panel meetings
·         Reading town centre schools only
·         Evening meetings only
I am a self-employed clerk who invoices for services directly to the school, on an agreed hourly rate.  References available.


Lynne Evans

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  • Areas Covered: North London, Herts

 I currently clerk for one LGB and MAT Board of Trustees and as such, have scope for additional work.

I have been a Chair of Governors for a VA primary school for 4 years and also a governance consultant for the LA.  

I am fully conversant with governance and type directly onto a laptop when minute taking (100 word per minute).  Minutes are delivered promptly back to schools.

Do feel free to contact me with details of your vacancy

Margaret Nolan

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  • Contact Number: 01604 670222
  • Areas Covered: Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

Professional Clerking for schools.

Syzygy Clerking Services provides trained, independent clerks to school governing bodies.  We work with maintained schools and Academies, at primary and secondary level, for full governing body meetings, committee meetings and specialist panel meetings as required. Our clerks support school governors to properly discharge their statutory responsibilities and to operate effective and efficient governing bodies.
We allocate a dedicated clerk to your governing body. Our simple, flexible pricing structure allows you to create the right package for your school, with cost benefits for schools working together in clusters or in partnership.
Your dedicated clerk will:
- Liaise with your Chair and Head teacher to prepare and circulate meeting agendas
- Prepare for each meeting, including taking advice and gathering information
- Provide draft minutes in your preferred format
- Manage any follow-up related to the meeting
- Prepare and circulate minutes and supporting papers after meetings
- Act as a point of contact for governors and head teachers between meetings
- Advise on:
                 Appropriate procedures required by statutory frameworks
                 Committee structures and terms of reference
                 Termly and annual timetables relevant to your governing body
                 Legal documents relating to school governance or those issued by the DfE

Mark Johnson

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  • Areas Covered: Cheshire, South Manchester, North Staffordshire

Chartered Company Secretary working with Academies and Multi-Academy Trusts, member of audit committee of the Dean Trust in Trafford, Secretary to The TRUE Learning Partnership MAT, formerly Secretary of Edmund Waller School Services, a charitable company running extended schools services in Lewisham, former governor and chair of finance committee at London primary school

Martin Gershman

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  • Contact Number: 0777 455 2969
  • Areas Covered: Teesside, East Durham

 I have 11 years’ experience in school governance, 8 of which I spent in a Local Authority governor support service, clerking all categories of schools.

For the past 3 years, I have worked part-time on a self-employed basis for a multi academy trust also acting as Company Secretary for 2 companies.

I also hold 2 clerking qualifications.

Michelle Foster

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  • Contact Number: 07812 474 999
  • Areas Covered: West Lancashire, Wigan, St Helens, Warrington

I am an experienced clerk with a background in education/school improvement. I am currently working in maintained schools (primary and secondary) as well as in academies at trust board and local board levels. I have experience of leading governing body self evaluation, headteacher recruitment, a recent Ofsted inspection, pay appeals, disciplinary hearings and school complaints, as well as developing and restructuring governing bodies to improve efficiency and impact. I am accredited by National College to carry out external reviews of governance, a volunteer mentor for new and aspiring chairs of governors, and deliver Governor Leadership Development Programmes across the North West as well as bespoke sessions for governing boards. I am also a National Leader of Governance with fifteen years governance experience. 

Neelam Chawla

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  • Contact Number: 01628622570
  • Areas Covered: South East

Salary range
Scale 3 (pt14) – Scale 4 (pt21); £20,205 - £22,753 FTE pro rata depending on experience
(Actual Salary apx: £1,300 - £1,500, equating to apx £11.91- £13.42 / hour)

We are seeking an efficient and proactive Clerk to the Governing Body: this is a key role providing administrative and procedural advice to the Governing Board, ensuring its effectiveness. The Clerk reports to the Chair of Governors.

This post is part-time, home-based working, term-time only and requires a degree of flexibility from the post-holder as the schedule of meetings and workloads around them can vary. Governing Body meetings usually take place in school, in the evenings, where the Clerk would attend to take minutes, convene the meetings and provide advice.

Nicholas Sanders

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  • Areas Covered: Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Governor Services in Newcastle Upon Tyne offer dedicated and experienced specialist support to all governors and governing bodies. 

Services available for purchase through a service level agreement:

Clerking of Governing Body meetings;

Appointment of Authority Governors;

Making instruments of government;

Termly newsletter – GoverNews;

Termly agenda briefings;

Access to LA reports each term;

Information on draft agenda items;

Signposting relevant information and consultations;

Advice on governor election procedures;

Advice on changes of governance legislation/procedure and general advice and support related to issues of governance;

A customisable Governing Body Handbook;

Access to other guidance documents/resources to support governors to fulfil their responsiblities;

A ‘Welcome Pack’ for each new governor including “Welcome to Governance – A Handbook for new School Governors”;

Archiving of Governing Body papers for statutory time limit;

Advice on access to Governor Mark (national governance quality mark);

Administration of DBS checks for governors.

Please contact Nick Sanders for more information.

Nicola R White

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  • Areas Covered: London, Middlesex

have not clerked for any schools but I believe that my experience as a solicitor advocate makes me capable of performing such a role. 

CV available.

Nicole Galea

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  • Areas Covered: London, Surrey

I have over 17 years’ experience working as a Governor Development Adviser within a Local Authority setting providing high quality clerking to a variety of schools as well as support, information and guidance on all governance matters. I have extensive experience of both full Governing Body and committee meetings as well as statutory and non - statutory panel hearings including staff disciplinary, capability, grievance, parental complaints and pupil exclusion. I have worked across a variety of schools: Maintained (Primary, Secondary), Academies, Voluntary Aided, Nurseries, Children’s Centres, Federations, Special Schools and Hospital Schools.

I have recently completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘Clerks to Governing Bodies’ training programme. In addition, I have the experience of being a Governor for 7 years, more recently as Vice Chair. I strive to maintain my knowledge of education legislation and guidance as well as the on-going developments in the educational landscape through training and CPD. I consider myself to be an excellent communicator and efficient Clerk.
I am working in collaboration with Benjamin Washington, a fellow Clerk, in order to offer Governing Bodies continuity and support. We are working in collaboration and will endeavour to cover each other’s meetings where necessary.
Please contact me if you would like a copy of my CV and SLA or to discuss your clerking needs. 

NPW Clerking Service

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  • Contact Number: 0208249 6932
  • Areas Covered: East London, Newham, Barking, Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Westminster.

NPW Clerking Service offer a professional clerking service to all types of schools in East London borough schools including Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster.

Ad hoc meeting support is also available from experienced clerks for specialised meetings such as pupil exclusion panels, parental complaints, and staff disciplinary and grievance hearings.

If you would like further details, please email the Clerking Service Manager at

Experienced clerks can get in contact for work. 

Pamela Miles

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  • Contact Number: 07734 432 868
  • Areas Covered: Staffordshire, Derbyshire

 Having retired from the Department for Education in March 2015 I am now clerking for schools in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

My background is assurance within the EFA. I worked in this area for over 14 years working for Staffordshire TEC/LSC/YPLA before the creation of the EFA in 2012. My role as Auditor has meant that I have gained considerable experience within Financial Management/Internal Control/Governance. I also have considerable experience in organising meetings, taking minutes etc...I have a very organised and professional approach to my work.
I have also completed the Clerk Training for Entrust.  

Paul Mulligan

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  • Contact Number: 07777649194
  • Areas Covered: West Midlands

I have recently moved to Shropshire. I have 40 years experience working in schools, local authorities and MATS. Having now retired I would like to continue my connection with schools as a Clerk.

Penny Batty

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  • Areas Covered: Surrey, West Sussex, Kent

I have been clerking at a local primary school for 4 years and would now like to take on an additional school. 

Prior to clerking, I worked for a public transport company based in London in their Customer Services department. My role was to take public complaints, and once an investigation into the complaint had been completed, I would respond to the customer in writing. 
Both these jobs have required good communication skills and being able to write clearly and concisely. 

Penny Parkin

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  • Contact Number: 01296651223
  • Alternative Number: 07979604307
  • Areas Covered: Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire

 I initially became a Governor in 1998 and subsequently a Chair of Governors in a primary school. I was also appointed to a secondary school in special measures as an LA Governor where I was Chair of the Personnel Committee. 

In 2006, I decided to start my own business as a Professional Self - Employed Clerk to Governors. I currently clerk single academies, multi academy trust boards and maintained schools across counties.
I undertake ad hoc work and I am very experienced in clerking Pupil Discipline Committees and advising governors on their role under DfE guidance on exclusions.
In addition, I clerk Staff Dismissal Committees but although I have HR experience I can only advise governors to take HR advice as and when necessary. I undertake to complete the notes from these meetings professionally. 
I have indemnity insurance as a Clerk to Governors.

Peter Bell

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  • Areas Covered: Wakefield

 School Governor Services support is tailored to the needs of the Governing Body and we will also challenge if it is in the best interests of the school/academy and its community. Through hands-on support, high quality resources, expert guidance, partnerships and sharing best and emerging practice of others, we support Governing Bodies to respond to the changing educational landscape quickly and effectively. We do this through the provision of three broad, inter-related services - clerking, school improvement and governor training. 

For more information, please see here. 

Peter L Kirkbride

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  • Areas Covered: South Lincolnshire, Peterborough

I have recently retired from the role of Bursar and Director of Resources in a busy 1200 pupil academy secondary school. During my ten years in post I also fulfilled the role of Company Secretary and Clerk to the governing body. I oversaw the conversion to academy status and was the key advisor to the Chair of Governors, Headteachers, and associated trusts on all governance, legal, financial and HR issues. I am fully familiar and skilled at the full range of clerking activities and outputs required to sustain any governing body. I would enjoy the challenge of providing support to a small number of local schools in my geeographical area

Rachel Rous

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  • Areas Covered: Poole, Bournemouth

I am an experienced, reliable and efficient clerk. I have experience in clerking for a mixture of school types as well as hands on experience working in schools from a teaching assistant role to a business operations manager within a multi-academy trust. I have clerked governors meetings, committees exclusions and trust board meetings in both primary and special schools. I keep my role simple for you with a per meeting charge for all commitee and governing meetings. I have a transferable DBS and keep up to date with governance changes/updates. I am a considerate and clear communicator who is very happy dealing with all parties involved in school governance.

Rachel Sykes

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  • Areas Covered: Lancashire, Yorkshire
17 years experience
National Teaching College - Clerks' Development Programme accredited
Experience clerking in primary, secondary, MATs and Faith schools. 

Robert Coleman

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  • Contact Number: 01524 792701
  • Areas Covered: Lancashire, South Cumbria

Currently Independent Clerk to Governors at:

- Cawthorne's Endowed School (Voluntary Aided), for 20 years;
- Caton Community Primary School (Community), for 1 year; 
Completed LEA Clerking Training and Secretary at Cawthorn Education Foundation

Salli Radford

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  • Contact Number: 01904 554 210
  • Areas Covered: York 

We provide a trained team of Governor Support Officers to arrange, minute and advise governing body meetings. We work with primary, secondary and special schools, PRU's and academies.

Please contact Salli for more information.

Samantha Moran

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  • Contact Number: 07739556849
  • Areas Covered: West Midlands

I offer an independent, reliable, and flexible service to support all aspects of the work of the governing body in schools in any phase. My previous experience includes Clerking for Warwickshire CC and other Schools in the West Midlands area alongside my role as Quality Manager within the Independent Training Provider Sector in Apprenticeships. Skilled at minute taking and conversant with all statutory requirements of governance.

Sara Atkinson

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  • Areas Covered: Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside

I have been a Clerk to Governors for over eight years now, for the first seven years in a high school and last year moved to a primary school. I have clerked sub-committee, staff disciplinary, exclusion panel, redundancy and headteacher recruitment panel meetings, although not yet full governing body meetings (although I have attended these both as a staff member and as a governor)

Sarah Broadfoot

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  • Contact Number: 07696 925993
  • Areas Covered: Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset

I successfully completed the NCTL’s National Clerks Development Programme in 2015.  I have over 15-years experience and can provide you with an exceptional, independent Clerk to Governors service for minute-taking at Governing Body meetings; as well as Appeal Hearings and Exclusion Panels.  I also provide ongoing governance support for the development of your Governing Body or Board in Dorset.  For further information please visit

Sarah Crowe

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  • Contact Number: 07909937932
  • Areas Covered: East England

Have worked as a clerk since 2006.
Have clerked both maintained schools and MATs.
Work as a clerk to Educator Solutions (Norfolk County Council) and freelance, mainly for DNEAT (Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust) and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust).

Have clerked: LGBs (Local Governing Body), committees, academy review meetings, pupil exclusions, staff disciplinary meetings, staff grievances, parental complaints, HR investigations, transition board meetings, strategic project board meetings, headteacher ratification meetings, etc.

Have completed the National Clerk's Development Programme. 

Please see for further information.

Sarah Yeldham

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  • Contact Number: 07712 535428
  • Areas Covered: Essex, Suffolk

 Currently clerk in VA school and LA primary school. Have several years experience of clerking parish council and charity meetings. Began clerking for schools in November. Quick learner and able to travel! Would love to gain more experience within different types of school and learn more specialist skills.

Scott Jenkins

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  • Contact Number: 07540381489
  • Areas Covered: South West

I have previously worked as the Vice-Chair of an LGB as well as acting as Safeguarding lead. I am a qualified Project Manager and Business Engagement professional and I am experienced in all aspects of meeting management and governance.

Sharon Miller

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  • Contact Number: 020 8920 3662
  • Areas Covered: North of England, London, South East

Our clerking service is provided to a variety of education establishments including Academies, Maintained Schools, Voluntary-Aided School (secondary and primary), MATs and UTCs. Our service includes: Governing Body Boards and all related Panels, e.g. pupil disciplinary, parental/staff complaints, school admission appeals and exclusion reviews.


Our clerks have a background in education and business, including education charities and as company secretaries. 

Sheenah Marriott

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  • Contact Number: 07961775916
  • Areas Covered: North West

I have 11 years experience of clerking a two form entry CofE Primary school. I have recently completed the NGA Clerks Development programme and am now keen to work with other schools.

Steve Marshall

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  • Contact Number: 01206 386688
  • Alternative Number: 07860 470166
  • Areas Covered: Essex, Suffolk, London, Kent

Experienced clerk of 18 years. Clerk to all types of schools. Clerk to independent Appeal/Review panels.

Stoke on Trent Governor Service (SGS)

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  • Contact Number: 01782 236889
  • Alternative Number: 01782 236884
  • Areas Covered: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

School Governor Services in Stoke on Trent offer dedicated and experienced specialist support to all School / Academy Governance roles.  We have experience in supporting and clerking of academies, MAC / MAT Boards, maintained schools, pupil referral units and nursery schools.   

With absolute confidentiality and professionalism we offer the following services for purchase through a service level agreement:
- Professional clerking of all meetings and drafting of agendas, photocopying and circulation of documentation;
- Advise for the governing body on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers;
- Appointment of Local Authority Governors;
- Preparation and advice regarding Instruments of government;
- Templates to support the Board in fulfilling its duties;
- Termly Newsletter - Governance Update;
- Advice and support for Recruitment and Governor election procedures;
- Full governor training programme offered and additional training is also signposted;
- Secure electronic archiving of minutes and database of membership.
For more information, please contact or Visit

Sue Cooke

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  • Contact Number: 07768 178 065
  • Areas Covered: Greater Birmingham, West Midlands

I have been a Clerk since 2009 and have recently achieved the National Clerk Accreditation, with Merit. I am currently a Clerk to the Governing Body of a free school, an academy, a maintained school and a maintained nursery.

I have covered hearings, appeals and disciplinary meetings as well as Governing Body meetings. I have Pitman shorthand skills of 150 words per minute so can cover meetings where a tape recorder is not allowed. I advise my Governing Bodies on new legislation on a regular basis and can turn minutes around next day if needed. I live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands but have transport and I am happy to travel.

Sue Madell

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  • Contact Number: 07595 429944
  • Areas Covered: North East Essex, Suffolk

Providing Clerking for both primary and secondary academy trust boards and local governing bodies as well as maintained schools, C of E schools and special and Alternative Provision schools. 

I have had experience in clerking complaint review panels, staff and pupil disciplinary meetings, pupil exclusion appeals and headteacher recruitment.
I have been involved with the establishment of a MAT. 


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  • Contact Number: 07545147284
  • Areas Covered: South East

I have significant experience clerking a range of meetings for Local Authotity schools as well as Multi Academy Trusts. I also clerk exclusion panels and independent review panels.

Tracey Harrison

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  • Contact Number: 0114 250 7417
  • Areas Covered: Sheffield, Rotherham

Walsall Governor Support & Development Team

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  • Contact Number: 01922 626386
  • Alternative Number: 01922 686378
  • Areas Covered: Walsall

An efficient and independent clerk is crucial to the work of the governing body. The Walsall Governor Support & Development Team is delighted to be able to offer schools a service that will:

• Support the Chair and Head teacher in preparing for meetings.
• Provide effective administrative support to the governing body and its committees.
• Undertake the clerical and minuting functions associated with meetings.
• Advise the governing body on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers.
• Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.
• Ensure that governing body decisions are followed up.

We seek to provide an expert and professional clerking service that is tailored specially to your needs. May be able to offer service outer Walsall depending upon location.

Wayne Henry

  • Email: Wayne Henry
  • Contact Number: 07741 766 874
Qualifications and experience: Clerking for over 100 hearings in School Admission Appeals. Ensured that procedural safeguards were adhered to for all hearings. Ensured comprehensive note taking was adhered to for all admission appeals. Ensured that decision letters complied with the evidence obtained for all hearings. Ensured that school presenting officers, parents and panel members complied with proper procedures for hearings. Other in depth training, qualifications and experience are specified in attached CV.

Wigan Council - Professional Clerking Service

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  • Contact Number: 01942 486090
  • Areas Covered: Wigan, North West

We support schools, governors and trustees by providing a comprehensive, professional administrative, advisory and legal support service. We have a team of highly experienced clerks that work with over eighty governing boards, including federations and multi-academy trusts. All our clerks have completed the accredited clerks training programme or have been enrolled on the next available course. We have extensive experience of clerking all types of meetings including committee meetings, disciplinary hearings, parental complaint panels and exclusions panels. We also clerk trust and member meetings in academies. 

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