Inspiring Governance is the national online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools and colleges. It provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as governors.

Benefits for employers & volunteers

  • Free, secure service
  • Make a difference to the local community and develop new board level skills
  • Access excellent CPD opportunities
  • Free, expert support for volunteers and employers
  • Free reports for employers to track engagement and corporate social responsibility

Get in touch

We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about volunteering or setting up an employer scheme? Contact us at: enquiries@inspiringgovernance.org or call 020 7566 4880

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Ian Duffy
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We believe that school governance is one of the most beneficial volunteering activities for employees, helping them to develop leadership skills that benefit themselves, the school and also our business; we actively promote opportunities to staff through our BP in the Community programme, and encourage a peer-support network to keep staff engaged.
— Ian Duffy, Community Development Manager, BP plc
Martin Finn
For our business, enabling staff to volunteer is an important part of the ethos and our approach to staff development. We’re lucky in that our work is educational so encouraging staff to become governors makes sense but the advantages go way beyond the educational insight that staff gain. It’s about the teamwork with people you might not otherwise work alongside, it’s understanding strategy vs management, it’s about valuing your own skills and recognising those of others. Ultimately, the time cost to the business is small compared to the benefits for the individuals, which positively impact on their performance.
— Martin Finn, Managing Director, EdComs
Petra Wilton
Managers’ professional expertise can make a huge difference to schools, and volunteering as a governor is a win-win experience. It’s a great way to gain exposure to different situations and new challenges. Not only does the school benefit, but so does the individual and their employer – so we’re calling on employers to back this new scheme and support managers in stepping up to inspire the future of schools across the country.
— Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, Chartered Management Institute
Liz Dolby
I became a School Governor 14 years ago and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience. The governor role is constantly evolving and is certainly more strategic and challenging than ever. So, as well as adding value to the school or college, it is a great personal development opportunity for any manager or HR professional. My involvement also creates an important link between business and education, which brings two-way benefits for both the students and also for my organisation in many different ways.
— Liz Dolby, Head of Personnel Services, John Lewis Partnership