Release date: 10/09/2021

Three places on the National Governance Association’s (NGA) board of trustees are up for appointment this term, with elections taking place in the East Midlands, North East and North West regions.

Serving governors, trustees and clerks who are a member of NGA and whose school/trust (or home address for individual members) is in one of these regions are encouraged to nominate themselves. Please see the board elections page for information on who is eligible to stand.

NGA trustees are volunteers from across England who are ultimately responsible for directing the affairs of NGA, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable objective to improve the educational welfare of pupils by promoting high standards and improving governance in state schools. 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 governance professionals in England, and to improve the effectiveness of governing boards in both maintained schools and academy trusts.

People from Black, Asian and other minority ethnicities, disabled people and young people (which NGA defines as aged 40 or under) are particularly encouraged to apply as these groups are currently underrepresented on NGA’s board. NGA recognises that a more diverse range of trustees can help to ensure a charity is fair and open in all its dealing, increase public confidence and accountability and can help strengthen decision-making by boards considering issues from more perspectives. In addition, we particularly seeking experience of lobbying or policy work at national level.

Nominations close at 12pm on Friday 8 October 2021, and the election will take place thereafter with the results announced at the Annual General Meeting of NGA on Saturday 27 November 2021 when the appointment to the board of trustees will begin.

Next steps:

  • You must be a member of NGA at the time you make your application to be eligible for election. To check whether you are a member, please call 0121 237 3780 option 6.
  • Find out more about the role – including the role description, skills audit and code of conduct – and who is eligible to stand for election or appointment on the board elections page.
  • Sign up for our virtual information session for prospective candidates on Monday 27 September from 5pm to 6pm where you can meet the current chair of the board Lynn Howard, and some fellow NGA trustees. If you want to attend, please contact our clerk Lara Angell by emailing Please confirm the email address you use to access your NGA membership and/or your membership number in this email.
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