This research looks at the time commitment required to be a chair of governors in an English school. The research drew upon 31 diaries completed by chairs of governors and 19 telephone interviews also carried out with chairs of governors. The chairs involved in the study spent, on average, one working day per week on governance duties. The study revealed some useful insights into what those governing spend most of their time doing and what can be done to alleviate the time burden upon these volunteers.
A question of time: How chairs of governing boards spend and manage their time (PDF)