About the Young Governors' Network

The Young Governors’ Network (YGN) supports and encourages people aged under 40 to govern in schools by:

  • facilitating them to share their experiences
  • addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by young people governing schools
  • creating sustainable connections amongst current and prospective governors.

YGN is member-led: created and run by young governors with support from the National Governance Association and Inspiring Governance.

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Informal networking events

Our virtual events provide an informal opportunity for young governors to meet and share their experiences. Held approximately every half term, events focus on skills and behaviours such as influencing, questioning and chairing.

All serving governors/ trustees aged under 40 are welcome at YGN events – attendees do not need to be a member of the NGA or YGN, so please do share this information with your governing board and networks. If you, a friend or colleague is interested in finding out more about being a governor, please do come along.

Why under 40?

NGA's annual school governance survey 2020 found that young people (aged under 40) continue to be significantly underrepresented in school governance. There is a higher proportion of volunteers aged 70 and over (14%) than there are aged under 40 (11%) - an even smaller proportion are under 30 (2%).

We believe that governing boards should reflect the community they serve and wider society, and that increasing diversity on boards should be a priority for all schools. Supporting young governors, and growing the number of young people involved in school governance, is essential to bringing a broad range of perspectives to discussions and decisions, providing roles models for young people and enables governing boards to have a greater connectedness and insight in to the world pupils live in. We are encouraging more young people to get in to school governance with our Everyone on Board campaign.

Joining the YGN

If you’re a young governor, it could really help to speak to others about your experiences. Email your name, school and location to [email protected] to join the YGN - it's free to join and you don't need to be an NGA member. You'll be the first to know about our upcoming events, have the opportunity to join our closed LinkedIn group to meet other young governors and have the opportunity to shpe the network's development. Follow us on Twitter.

Not under 40 but still want to help?

While the network serves young governors, the support of all governors and trustees is greatly appreciated. Please encourage young governors on your governing board and in your network to attend our events and register their interest. You could also make a point of bringing your young governors along to NGA member events, and speaking to them to ensure they feel confident and effective in their role. 

We'd also love to hear from you on a range of themes including why governing boards might find recruiting and retaining young governors a challenge, why governing boards believe having young governors is important, what diverse governing boards have done to attract and adapt for young governors and any successes you may have had in this area. Do ask us any questions, tell us about your challenges or share your story by emailling [email protected].

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