5 reasons to join a governing body

  1. Influence the strategic direction of a school or college
  2. Opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones
  3. Gain an understanding of, and experience in, key areas such as finance, personnel, target setting and strategic planning
  4. Make a positive impact on young people’s lives and contribute to the issues that you feel passionately about
  5. Use your skills and expertise to contribute to making our schools and colleges more effective. As a bonus, a governance role looks great on your CV!

Highlighted organisations

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


School governance is a widely recognised skills development opportunity, giving your employees the opportunity to test and develop their skills in a unique and challenging environment. SGOSS works with a wide range of businesses to match staff with the schools that need them the most.


The National Governance Association’s goal is to improve the wellbeing of children and young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. It does this by providing information, advice, guidance, research and training.


There are many more organisations that provide information and support about joining a governing body across Greater Manchester. For more information, see the resources section or please get in touch with Michaela.

Get in touch

Michaela Andrew

Enterprise Coordinator - Oldham

Michaela is the lead for the Enterprise Adviser Network in Oldham, which has been designated as an Opportunity Area. She is also the main Bridge contact for any questions around joining a school/college’s governing body.

Phone number:
07973 875 409