National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)


National Leader of Goverance (NLG)


With some 20 years’ experience in school governance, Graham has had significant involvement in both the maintained and independent sectors and is designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG). He is currently Chairman of the Governing Board at Talbot Heath Independent Girls School (ages 3 to 18) and chairs Bournemouth Schools' Forum. Graham is Chair of Bournemouth Septenary Trust, representing seven primary academies, having previously served as Chair of Governors at St Michael's Primary CE (VC) School, Bournemouth. He sits on admission appeal panels and is a member of the Strategic Board of Linwood Teaching School Alliance. He also works with the Portsmouth & Winchester Diocesan Board of Education as part of the Associate Education Staff (Governance) and is a Director of Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academy Trust.

As an NLG, Graham frequently works with chairs of other schools in a mentoring or advisory capacity and undertakes External Reviews of Governance. He has also chaired Interim Academy Boards and worked with schools through academy conversion and sponsorship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Following a successful career in banking Graham was appointed Chair of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and has served as a non-executive director of a number of local companies. He has significant experience within senior management and of corporate governance. Graham has also acted as a consultant to boards and trustees on dispute resolution and business planning. As a keen musician Graham is Director of Music for the Parish of St John with St Michael, Bournemouth.

National Leader of Governance (NLG)

Hilary has over twenty years’ experience as a governor at seven schools including infant, primary and secondary. She has been a Chair of Governors at four schools. Her Governance has been graded ‘Outstanding’ in two ‘Good’ schools (2007, 2008) She has been delighted to have Governance specifically mentioned in several Ofsted reports: “The Chair of Governors makes an outstanding contribution to the school’s leadership and direction.” (2005); “Under the exceptionally strong leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body, governors play a key role in holding staff to account for their work, and supporting improvement.” (2014) Hilary was designated as an NLG in 2014 and has a broad area of expertise including all aspects of governance, particularly in maintained schools. She is qualified to undertake Reviews of Governance and actively administers these.

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