Release date: 17/05/2019

Recognising the need to ensure a breadth and balance of experience, views and skills on its board, the National Governance Association (NGA) is delighted to announce the appointment of a young trustee.

Following a successful interview the appointment of Alastair Cowen has been unanimously approved by the other trustees. Alastair is a trustee at James Brindley Academy, a specialist academy in Birmingham which teaches children and young people from 2-19 who are unable to attend mainstream school due to health reasons or special educational needs. 

Alastair Cowen said “I am honoured to have been appointed to NGA’s board and am excited by the prospect of helping to shape its vision, and its role in supporting schools to improve educational standards and ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people.”

Niki Lamont, NGA trustee added “I am delighted that Alastair is joining the board at NGA and have no doubt that he will be a valuable addition with his particular experience of governance in complex special and hospital school settings. Alastair performed especially strongly in his understanding of the responsibilities of charity trustees and the separation of strategic and operational roles.”

NGA received several expressions of interest from those interested in serving as a young trustee and wold like to thank all those who put themselves forward.

Governing board diversity is a priority for NGA. Just 10% of school governors and trustees are aged under 40 and just 1% aged under 30, according to School Governance in 2018. Across the wider charity sector, information from the Charity Commission shows that 0.5% of trustees across England and Wales are aged between 18 and 24. Our Everyone on Board campaign seeks to support boards to improve their diversity.

Joining the NGA board of trustees is an exciting opportunity to shape the aims and objectives of the only national membership organisation for school governors, trustees and clerks in England. In doing so, trustees make a valuable contribution towards improving the effectiveness of governing boards in both maintained schools and academies.

Trustees for the following regions need to be elected to the NGA board this year – East Midlands, West Midlands and the North East. NGA uses the regions formerly referred to as the government office regions of England. If your school or trust is located in one of the vacant regions, or you are an individual member of NGA who lives in one of the vacant regions, then you are eligible for election.    

Find out more about being an NGA trustee and download a nomination form. 

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