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As part of the Visible Governance campaign we are exploring the importance of a good relationship between executive leaders and their boards. Here are some ways you can get involved and our resources to support boards and executive leaders to work well together.

We are encouraging executive leaders to take a moment to thank their boards for their continued contribution to their school/trust. You can do this by:

  • Sharing thanks on social media – give a shout out to your board and what they do for you and your school/trust on social media using #VisibleGovernance.
  • Share a thank you to your school community – why not take some time to tell your pupils, parents and staff why you value your governing board and what they do for your school/trust, for example, in your newsletter or assembly.
  • Write a personal thank you to your board – in an email, card or letter to personally thank them for their work and let them know why you value their contribution.

We want to celebrate examples of heads/CEOs recognising their board and those with great relationships. Email us at to share your story with us. We will showcase this on our website and social media.

Share our Visible Governance film

Dont forget to share our new film! It’s for anyone who wants to spread the word about the importance and value of school and trust governance – whether you’re a governor or trustee wanting to shout about what you do or are looking to recruit new volunteers to your board.

Watch our new Webinar - a partnership with senior leaders 

NGA's chief executive Emma Knights introduces the roles of the governing board and those employed to run the trust/school, what good relationships with senior leaders look and feel like, how mutual trust can be developed. Watch here

NGA’s resources to support boards and executive leaders working together:

Educators on board 

Senior leaders and executive leaders can make a valuable contribution of experience and expertise to the governing board of a different school/trust (to where they are employed) and is a fantastic professional development opportunity. Find out more about the Educators on Board campaign

Visible Governance campaign page


Do you know an exceptional governor or trustee that deserves national recognition for their contribution to governance and education of children and young people? Consider nominating them for a National Honour. Find out more here.


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