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Adrian Paul Pembroke Tallett

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  • Contact Number: 07921 551039
  • Alternative Number: 07921551039
  • Areas Covered: East England, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber

With over 10 years of providing Schools & Academy Clerking & Governance services to support Trustees, Directors, and Governors to properly discharge their statutory responsibilities and to operate as an effective and efficient Board I offer a friendly and flexible service across the UK.

With demonstrable experience supporting all types of schools/Trusts carrying out their governance functions including disciplinaries, grievances, and complaint investigations.

The service offered is flexible and includes either onsite physical attendance or by means of your preferred video conference platform.

The scope of service includes:
Initial meeting to get to know you and understand your needs; agreeing on the service level agreement.
Advice and assistance on matters related to governance
All record-keeping
Updates on forthcoming changes
Coordinating, drafting, and circulating agenda
Drafting and circulating minutes with 10 days of the meeting.
Policy schedule maintenance and monitoring
Developing policies and procedures as required.

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Asad Muzammal

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  • Contact Number: +447956212255
  • Areas Covered: London

■ Clerking & Hearings service - ex Local Authority Officer, with significant experience of all types and phases of schools (Nursery, Primary, Infants, Juniors, Secondary, Special, PRU, Academy/MATs, VA).
■ Information Governance support - our DPOs have experience of school settings and hold the following qualifications as a minimum: EU-GDPR; CDPO; NADPO)
We pride ourselves on delivering services that are effective, add value and facilitate an improvement in school performance.
We are based in East London/Essex.


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

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 Diocesan Boards of Church schools. I also have substantial experience of clerking Local Authority Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education.

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.

Claire Mitchell

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  • Contact Number: 01429 839 242
  • Alternative Number: 07947 326624
  • Areas Covered: North East

Introducing Berry Education

Berry Education Ltd are specialists in providing Schools & Academy Clerking & Governance Advisory services to support Trustees, Directors and Governors to properly discharge their statutory responsibilities and to operate as an effective and efficient Board.

We have significant experience of supporting all types of school in carrying out their governance functions including specialist knowledge relating to panel support for HR related disciplinaries and grievances including investigations, school admission appeals, exclusion hearings including independent review panels and also effectively managing complaints.

Berry currently offers support to a number of Schools / Academies Trusts within the North East region and references can be offered providing transparent testimonials of our services.

We are happy to travel and be flexible.

Because we are a team we can ensure all your meeting requirements are provided for.

We offer a flexible service, including, but not limited to:

Initial meeting
At the start of the contract, we will visit your school (or offer a video meeting) to provide an in-depth knowledge of the service, familiarise ourselves with your processes and policies and gather the information and documents that will be required to effectively provide a holistic service to your governance structure(s).

Advice and assistance on matters related to governance
Advice can be sought directly from your governance partner and the wider team on all governance-related matters. This advice is available throughout the contract and can be access at any time, via face-to-face meetings, telephone or email. Your governance partner will develop a supportive and professional relationship with your school leaders and board which is critical to effective governance.

Record keeping
All record keeping will be maintained by your governance partner with proactive management of review and action to ensure your constitution and statutory returns are up to date.

Updates on forthcoming changes
Your board and any delegated others will receive regular email updates relating to any national or local changes that could impact on your governance function t with a view to enabling your board to effectively discharge their responsibilities and remain complaint.

Coordinating, drafting and circulating agenda
Draft agendas will be prepared and shared with Senior Leaders and Chairs at least 21 days prior to scheduled meetings with approved agendas and supporting documents shared in line with your requested timeframes and in any event no later than 7 clear days prior to any pre-arranged meeting. Your governance partner will respond proactively to any ad hoc or panel hearing meetings as required.

Meeting support
Your consultant will attend all pre-arranged and contracted meetings, on the dates as mutually arranged and will offer a full clerking support service, with up to date and relevant advice and guidance provided where needed.

Drafting and circulating minutes
Within 14 days of the meeting draft minutes will be sent out for review and a copy appropriately stored for future reference. Any subsequent amendment or update requests will be actioned as appropriate with a copy maintained for circulation prior to the next meeting. All approved minutes will be stored securely inline with data protection and document retention requirements.

Documentation output
The following documents will be provided by your governance partner in support of the service offer:
• Governance constitution data
• Annual schedule of meetings
• Agenda planner
• All meeting agendas
• Declaration of business and pecuniary interests form
• Termly governance update reports
• All meeting minutes, draft and approved
• Meeting attendance records

All of our services are covered by a comprehensive and bespoke service level agreement and professional indemnity insurance.

If you are interested in discussing how we can support your governance to be efficient and effective please get in touch!

Debbie Allan

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  • Contact Number: 07422535820
  • Areas Covered: North East

I am an experienced Clerk with over five years clerking experience and was previously the manager of a Governor Support Service in the North East. With experience in providing advice and guidance, writing best practice reports and completing External Reviews of Governance to support governors and leaders in developing their Board. I have also been a Chair of Governors for three years at a primary school and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide an excellent clerking service to your Governing Body and School. Contact me for a discussion on the needs and requirements of your school.

Jack Minto

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  • Contact Number: 07514499238
  • Alternative Number: 07514499238
  • Areas Covered: South East

I provide an independent freelance “Clerk to the Governors” service to school and MAT governing bodies.

I undertake this work in the wider context of a clerking and governance consultancy where I provide advice and guidance on
# setting governance strategy
# governor’s legal, constitutional and statutory responsibilities
# “best practice” in the operations of the governing body
# “staying current” on governance legislation and regulations.

You can see more on what I do at

Jo-Anna Barr

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  • Contact Number: 07595022143
  • Areas Covered: East Midlands, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber

EduClerks Ltd provides professional governance support, clerking and consultancy services to schools and school trusts throughout the North of England. Please contact me for further information of how we can support your organisation.

Laura Corcoran

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  • Contact Number: 07985755462
  • Alternative Number: 01733247547
  • Areas Covered: East England, East Midlands, London, West Midlands

ISCG Accredited Clerk and qualified Company Secretary to School Governing Boards. I have 20 years’ experience working in Education.
I work with Primary and Secondary maintained schools and Colleges as well as a range of both Multi Academy Trusts and Single Academy Trusts.
As Clerk and Company Secretary I have supported Governing Bodies through the Academy conversion process, liaising with MATs, Sponsors, stakeholders, government organisations and legal bodies.
I work closely with Headteachers/Principals/CEOs/MATs and Chairs of Governing Boards, providing a highly professional and confidential service in all aspects of governance. I am also frequently involved in the convening of extraordinary and panel meetings such as pupil exclusions, parental complaints and staffing/HR hearings and appeals.
As the regulations for maintained schools, church schools, MATs, SATs and LGBs differ so greatly, an essential part of my role is to provide bespoke advice on statutory compliance to all of my clients. In order to maintain a sound understanding therefore, I am committed to CPD and attend termly governance training sessions. I am also a member of the NGA and various Clerking networks where I am able to effectively organise the workload of Governing Boards, obtain resources and co-ordinate governor recruitment.
In addition to the Clerking networks I am part of, I also work closely with National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) and I am a Governor at a local primary school.
As a self-employed Clerk and established sole trader, I have an enhanced DBS certificate. I pay my own overheads and contributions and have professional indemnity insurance for £1m.
Please refer to my website for details of the schools and academies I work with, along with personal testimonials from Headteachers and Chairs of Governors

Mrs Penny Parkin

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  • Contact Number: 01296 651223
  • Alternative Number: 07979 604307
  • Areas Covered: Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire & Oxfordshire, Zoom or Microsoft Teams anywhere in the United Kingdom

I travel up to 45 minutes from my home address with remote clerking also available via my subscription to Zoom or Microsoft Teams anywhere in the United Kingdom

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 Personnel Committee.

I have worked with schools in special measures as a clerk on Interim Executive Boards. In 2006, I decided to start my own business as a Self-Employed Governance Professional. I currently clerk single academies, multi academy trust boards and maintained schools across counties in addition to working remotely anywhere in the UK.

I undertake ad hoc work for a Pupil Discipline Committee and Complaints Committee and advise governors on their role under DfE guidance on Exclusions and Complaints guidance.

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 in the event they be required for an employment tribunal.

I have indemnity insurance as a Governance Professional/Clerk to Governors.


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  • Contact Number: 07739556849
  • Alternative Number: 07739556849
  • Areas Covered: West Midlands

I have experience working within MAT's, single academies and voluntary aided schools within the Worcestershire/West Midlands area. I have experience of clerking Governing Board and Committee meetings alongside hearings which have included Staff Discipline, Pupil Discipline, Complaints and Appeals,

Samantha Luxon

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  • Contact Number: 07751338420
  • Alternative Number: 07751338420
  • Areas Covered: South East

My current clerking role is a Monday so I am looking for another position that I can fill Tues - Fri.

Sophie Lee

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  • Contact Number: 07754 482814
  • Alternative Number: 02380 778756
  • Areas Covered: South East

I have been a clerk to governors since 2012 and currently work for a junior school. Previously I also clerked for a primary for four years until they joined a federation. My current school holds meetings on Tuesday afternoons so ideally I am looking for work on a different day of the week in the afternoon or evening.

I have experience of all aspects of clerking including taking accurate minutes, advising governors on compliance and procedures, record-keeping and drafting agendas. My initial training was provided by Newport Educational.

My undergraduate degree from Warwick is in English literature and I also have a postgraduate diploma in journalism.

I would be particularly interested in clerking for schools and academies in the SO15 and SO16 postcodes. I would be pleased to hear from you and the best way to contact me in the first instance is by email.

Steve Marshall

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  • Contact Number: 07860 470166
  • Alternative Number: 07860 470166
  • Areas Covered: East England, London, South East

Over 24 years experience clerking school governing bodies, academies and trusts
Clerk to Independent Admission Appeal & Exclusion Review Panels.

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.

Wendy K

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  • Contact Number: 07940735025
  • Alternative Number: 07779584316
  • Areas Covered: London

Experienced Clerks and Chairs of Governors available in Barnet, North & Greater London.
Specialist clerking available.

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