Inspiring Governance is a free, online service that connects schools and trusts in England with skilled volunteers in your area who are interested in becoming a governor or trustee. We work with employers, professional networks, FE providers and universities to find individuals interested in becoming governors. Our volunteers come from a wide range of professions and sectors, with skills and expertise in areas such as finance, human resources, law, marketing and education.
Our remit covers state-funded schools in England. If you are in another part of the UK, or you are an independent school please see more information here.
Why should you use Inspiring Governance?
Our online technology lets you quickly search for volunteers based on skills, experience and location. You can then directly contact as many as you like, and invite them to have a conversation with you about the vacancy and what it entails. You can recruit for vacancies in a single school, or across multiple schools.
Once placed, your new governors/trustees will have access to induction and support materials through the National Governance Association (NGA) to help them through their first year in the role. This includes a dedicated NGA helpline and email. NGA support covers:
- Understanding the role and responsibilities of governing
- Understanding the core functions of the governing board
- Becoming effective as quickly as possible
- Staying motivated and committed to school governance
The NGA training is delivered through e-learning modules and has been designed to complement any training available from the school, trust or local authority.
Ready to start recruiting? Download our Guidance for Recruiters and User guide for Inspiring Governance, which shows you step-by-step how to find and message volunteers, and post your vacancies on the Inspiring Governance site.
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Please note: We do not arrange Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for volunteers. See the Safeguarding page for more information.
Finding trustees for multi-academy trusts
Inspiring Governance works closely with Academy Ambassadors, a programme dedicated to finding individuals with the right level of professional skill and expertise to serve as trustees of large, changing or developing multi-academy trusts. Find out more.
Looking for a chair of governors?
Inspiring Governance also runs the Future Chairs Recruitment Service, which helps boards with the vital task of recruiting a high calibre individual who has the potential to become a chair, vice-chair or committee chair within a year of joining a school governing board. The service will identify and recruit appropriately experienced individuals across specific targets areas from within and beyond the education sector, who are willing to be considered for vice-chair and chair positions.
You can register/login to search for volunteers interested in becoming a Chair. If you appoint a suitable volunteer via Inspiring Governance, they will receive free training and support provided by the NGA. As a Future Chair, volunteers will be given a copy of the Chairs Handbook and offered the opportunity to join an NGA Leading Governance course, and be introduced to an experienced chair to act as a mentor for 12 months.
If you have any questions about the Future Chairs Service, please contact the Future Chairs team:
Judith Hicks – Head of Inspiring Governance at NGA – 0121 237 3780
Simon Richards – Chairs’ Development Manager at NGA – 0121 237 3780
"The skills and needs of a governing body are changing fast and it is increasingly important for schools to find the right people to make a strong and effective board. We've had some great successes finding highly skilled and committed accountants, lawyers and communications experts from outside our immediate community. They have made a very real difference to our ability to support and improve our school."