Bristol Learning City

Be a Governor – Bristol

Thanks for taking the first step to becoming a Bristol school governor or trustee. We have made it easier to match you with schools in Bristol looking for your help and professional experience. We wish you every success in your role as school governor or trustee.

By signing up you’ll join a network of willing volunteers looking for a place on the board of governors or trustees.

Apply to Be a Governor

Please use this button to ensure you are matched with vacancies in the Bristol area. Then follow the steps below.

Sign up for Bristol governor roles


1. Create your account. You’ll need to enter your postcode and a few details about yourself. Once you’ve created your account, we’ll start the process to match you with a school.

2. Visit the school and check it’s right for you. Once matched with a potential school you’ll meet key staff and/or governors to check both you and the school are clear about the role and what you can offer. This is your opportunity to ask questions and decide if it is the right match for you before the school proposes you as a governor.

3. Take your place. If you decide to become a governor and if you’re successfully appointed, you can take your place on the governing board or as a trustee.

4. Access support and resources. Once placed, you’ll haveaccess to e-learning, telephone and online support through the National Governance Association to help you through your first year.

As a volunteer, your profile will be available online to schools registered with Inspiring Governance. Some brief information will let them know your experience and skills. Schools recruiting governors can contact you to invite you for a further discussion about their vacancies.

Use this button to be matched with vacancies in the Bristol area.

Sign up for Bristol governor roles


What to do if you have questions

The online application process is user friendly and there are excellent resources available once you’ve opened your volunteers’ account.

Before you apply please check the following:

Questions about the online application process

Contact Eileen Brocklehurst, Inspiring Governance Regional Manager (South West)


Phone: 07715 201824

Questions about being a governor

Please check the Inspiring Governance advice and guidance pages:

Advice for volunteers

Guidance about governing boards

Want to speak to a Bristol adviser?

Contact Bristol City Council’s Governor Development Service at