The Charity Commission has given NGA the go-ahead to change its name. The National Governors’ Association has officially become the National Governance Association after its members voted on it at their annual general meeting last November.
The name change reflects the significant changes in school governance over the last decade. For example, those governing in some schools (academies) are trustees not governors. NGA also wanted to recognise the vital role of clerks and governance managers, many of whom are NGA members, regularly accessing the charity’s guidance, legal advice and training services.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association, said: “It has been a privilege to lead NGA for the last seven years and to see our membership and influence grow. While NGA has very much kept pace with developments in school governance – in fact we have led the way in many areas, including governance in groups of schools – we recognise that the sign above the door must also stay relevant for the many thousands of people who benefit from membership of NGA. Our work as a charity would be nought without the hard work of our members; we build on their endeavours and we are proud to represent them.”
Ian Courtney MBE, Chair of the National Governance Association, said: “Our name will be different but our aim remains the same: to improve the education of children and young people in England by promoting high standards in schools and improving the effectiveness of their governance. NGA is a charity that gets things done and so we are not going to spend lots of time or money rebranding. This is a subtle change but an important one – recognising the many roles that make up school governing boards. Now we get on with providing leadership to the sector and supporting our members in the way we always have.”
NGA will be updating the website and other online and printed materials on a rolling basis from today.
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