Release date: 22/11/2019

Two new trustees have joined the National Governance Association’s (NGA) board, with appointments confirmed at the AGM on 16 November.

From the north east region Rachel Wilson, who is Chair of Governors at a recently amalgamated primary school and managing director of her own training company, was elected unopposed. An election took place in the West Midlands region where Lynn Howard, a national leader of governance and Chair of Governors at a primary school in Sandwell with a background in law, was named as the successful candidate.

55% of NGA’s board is now female, well above the gender diversity of charities with a similar annual income. On average these boards have 31% female trustees, according to the Taken on Trust report published in November 2017.

All trustees are currently serving governors, trustees or clerks: the pool of candidates NGA’s board is drawing from therefore, according to the School Governance in 2019 survey, is 62% female, 10% aged under 40 and just 5% from an ethnic minority.

Through the Everyone on Board campaign, NGA is aiming to increase the participation of people from ethnic minorities and young people in school governance and to encourage governing boards to consider how they can better reflect the community they serve.

Maggi Bull, chair of trustees at the National Governance Association said “I am very pleased to welcome Rachel and Lynn to the board and look forward to seeing the new challenge and insight they will bring to discussions. As trustees we are particularly conscious of the diversity of the board and the importance of reflecting the membership we serve and wider society, so I am delighted that we are bucking the trend in terms of gender diversity. Over the past two years we have also appointed a young trustee and a BAME trustee to help address this, and at our board meeting in December one of the key agenda items is on how to make our board even more diverse.”

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