Release date: 31/08/2016


A new pilot network for school governors and trustees aged under 40.

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Find out more about the progress of the Young Governors Network 

Shape the Future of School Governance

The Young Governors’ Network is for governors and trustees aged under 40.  For those volunteering near London and Birmingham we will be holding network meetings but for those who aren’t you can find us on social media.

The network is being set up so that younger governors can find support and resources, share any problems they are facing, and improve their own practice.

Why under 40?

The 2016 NGA/TES survey of 5000 school governors and trustees found that only 11% of respondents were under 40. According to the Charity Commission the mean age of a charity trustee is 57, which is similar to our survey findings, where the largest age group was the 28% of respondents in their 50s.

If you’re committed to turning this around, we want to hear from you. Come along to one of our set-up events this autumn.

Why should I join YGN?

Our mission is to support young people to volunteer by creating a network that can address the challenges that young people face when governing schools today.

YGN will be a community of interested, intelligent, creative and questioning young people committed to improving schools for everyone.  The network has been created by young people, for young people and is supported by the National Governors' Association. 

If you’re a young governor or trustee, it could really help to speak to others about your experiences.

Founding member, Sophie Tuhey of University College London, became a governor at the age of 25, whilst working in Higher Education. “I was very aware that I didn’t look like a typical school governor and that I was the youngest person in the room,” she says. “This can be really daunting but I’ve realised young people have much to bring to school governance.”

We believe increasing diversity on boards should be a priority for all schools, in order to avoid ‘groupthink’ and to ensure school governors represent the communities they serve. Supporting more young people to become effective governors is one way we hope to bring a broader range of perspectives to school boards.

YGN will be an informal network, with meetings chaired by a young governor and activities led by its members.  It’s free to join and you don’t even have to be a member of NGA

Our approach   

Through our network, we hope to support existing young governors’ to become more effective in their roles and to find ways to turn the situation of under representation around. Register your interest, follow us on social media and try to come along to one of our set-up events to find out more and tell us what you want from this group. We will be launching the Young Governors' Network at the NGA regional events on the following dates:

London - Saturday 24 September

Birmingham – Wednesday 19 October

We are then planning to hold network meetings once a term in London and Birmingham. Dates to be announced shortly.  

Not 40 or under but still want to help?

Good! We really need your help to set-up the group and get young governors and trustees interested. You can help by bringing a young governor along to our autumn meetings or simply asking them to contact us for more information. You can also help by sending us any thoughts you might have on why boards struggle to recruit and retain young governors and trustees. Tell us about any success you’ve had and any useful resources you’ve found.     

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If you want to get news about the Young Governors’ Network, register your interest or send us a suggestion, here’s how to get in touch:

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