What does the governance professional do?

What does the governance professional do?

Module at a glance:
What does the governance professional do?

This module forms part of the Introduction to Clerking programme series. New clerks should study the modules in the order they are listed.


This module will give a brief introduction to clerking governing board panels, including:

  • The expectations of the modern professional clerk
  • The competencies expected of clerks
  • How the clerk works with governors and trustees
  • How to work with the chair and senior executive leader
  • How to help facilitate suitable training for governing boards
  • An introduction to clerking governing board panels
Study time: Approximately 40 mins

You may have already started clerking or be thinking about becoming a governance professional, but do you really know what is in store for you?

This module, the first in the Introduction to Clerking Programme, provides a practical and realistic overview of what the role can involve. It focusses on the core expectations of the clerk that you need to meet at the start of your career but also identifies ways in which you will be able to expand your practice as a governance professional as you gain more experience, through the use of interactive activities, knowledge checks and a video from former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School System, Baroness Berridge.

“I would have found this module very helpful and reassuring when I was new to the job a couple of years ago!”

“Very informative throughout.”

“I have successfully completed the Development in Clerking course - as of August 2021, and feel that encouragement for Governance professionals to complete the course adds respect, credibility and trust to the role.”

“It was very clear. I found the videos to be clear and helpful”

“As someone who has never been a clerk before it was a helpful, gentle introduction to what is expected of me”

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module and the introduction to clerking programme has been written by our in-house subject matter experts:

Amy Wright, Clerking Development Manager

Amy is the Clerking Development Manager at NGA, working with the Director of Advice and Guidance, Knowledge Centre Manager and Training Programme Manager to develop the support, advice and training available to Clerks and other Governance Professionals.

Amy has over 20 years’ experience working as a Clerk to various school Governing Bodies including maintained, academy, voluntary aided, primary and secondary. Amy has also worked as a School Business Manager, Finance Manager and Administration Officer in schools and further education and delivered training sessions to Clerks; she has also served as a Parent Governor, Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors in a primary school.

Paul Aber – Head of Training Development

Paul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies.  This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.

Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.

Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.

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