Matt Sparkes, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at law firm, Linklaters, believes that governor volunteering pays dividends for the company and staff too. “For many of the several dozen who do serve as governors, it is a vital window on the world. Governors tend to be among Linklaters’ most committed volunteers, perhaps because school governance is a significant commitment. Staff typically experience more responsibility, accountability and recognition in their day job after volunteering as a school governor.”
Linklaters believes that as a business, it can make most difference by focusing its community investment activity on raising the aspirations of young people who may not otherwise consider a city career or who otherwise lack the support to achieve their ambitions.