Release date: 28/09/2016

A helpline and email support opened this week for newly appointed governors and trustees’ recruited through the new Inspiring Governance programme.Inspiring governance logo

The dedicated service, provided by the National Governors’ Association, is designed to support new governors and trustees through their first year in the role. Our help covers:  

  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of governing
  • Understanding the core functions of the governing board
  • Becoming effective as quickly as possible
  • Staying motivated and committed to school governance

Are you a volunteer looking to become a governor or a governor looking for a volunteer? Sign up to Inspiring Governance today at


New governors/trustees will also have access to:

  • NGA’s best-selling induction guide Welcome to Governance
  • Top tips, factsheets and specific guidance
  • Access to NGA’s online Guidance Centre
  • NGA’s award winning weekly newsletter
  • (For those under 40) Access to the pilot Young Governors’ Network


Emma Knights, Chief executive of the National Governors’ Association, said: “Volunteering to govern is wonderfully worthwhile but it can be difficult for new recruits to get their head around the roles and responsibilities.

“We hope our new service will enable individuals to settle into governorship much quicker than otherwise, with access to the information and guidance to help them understand their new role. Not everyone will need it but we’re here for those who do.”

To access support and guidance, Inspiring Governance volunteers can contact NGA:

Join the Inspiring Governance Team: recruiting now

The charity Education and Employers, is looking for six dynamic candidates to join their team.

Four Regional Managers will work in the North, Midlands, South East & East, and South West areas of the country as part of the Inspiring Governance programme.

Inspiring Governance is an exciting new free service that connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors/trustees with schools and colleges. There’s expert help for volunteers and the governing boards they join, as well as dedicated support for employers that want to run programmes for their staff serving as governors.

Inspiring Governance is run by Education and Employers in partnership with the National Governors’ Association. It is funded for the next four years by the Department for Education. Volunteers sign up online and recruiting boards can search quickly for the skills and experience they need.

Education and Employers are now recruiting for four Regional Managers to take forward the Inspiring Governance programme around the country.

They are also looking for two London-based Project Assistants to support the Inspiring Governance team and the wider work of Education and Employers.

More information about the job roles and details of how to apply are available at:

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