The role of clerk/governance professionals is key to the improvement of governance. There is no question that the workload of governors and trustees is made more manageable where a clerk/governance professional covers the full job description and is able to avail themselves of relevant CPD.
NGA launched its Clerking Matters campaign with four main aims: to increase the understanding of the importance of the work of clerks and what can be expected of a well-trained clerk; help governing boards find good clerks where there is difficulty in doing this; to help clerks know where continuing professional development can be found, and to encourage appropriate remuneration of clerks.
The campaign has achieved some notable successes. It was influential in securing funding for the Clerks Development Programme and was the catalyst for NGA launching its “find us a clerk” service. The service provides a platform for governing boards to advertise their vacant clerks’ positions, and professional clerks their services so that boards can contact them directly.
There is still much work to do improve the status and profile of the clerking profession and in particular ensure that clerks/governance professionals are being paid at a level that is commensurate with the status of the role.
The valuable research we have carried out and is referred to in this report accepts that the varying nature of the clerk/governance professional role and governing structures does not lend itself to a uniform pay structure. However, it also highlights the fact that too many clerks/governance professionals are not being paid at an appropriate level, or even for the number of hours that they work. The research provides credible recommendations that point to a proportionate and reasonable rate of remuneration for those clerks completing the role as defined in the NGA model job description.