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#GovernorLive Speakers Line-up

#GovernorLive Speakers Line-up

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We’re very excited about #GovernorLive, our first free event for school governors, happening on 25th June 2013 in Birmingham.  If you haven’t booked already (and if not, why not?!) you can book your place here – but hurry!

Here are the fab speakers we’ve got lined up for you:

Chris Caroe, Head of the School Governance Unit, Department for Education

Chris is responsible for school governance policy at the Department for Education working for the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Nash. He is responsible for ensuring that the national framework for governance is fit for purpose, enabling and empowering governing bodies to focus on their core functions of setting vision, creating robust school-level accountability and making sure money is well spent. Previously, Chris was responsible for policy on youth work and other service for young people, including the Positive for Youth strategy and the myplace programme to build world class youth centres.

Emma Knights, NGAEmma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors’ Association (NGA)

Emma was  previously the joint CEO of the Daycare Trust.  Before joining the  Daycare Trust Emma worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector,  particularly in the advice sector and has previously worked for the  Legal Services Commission and the Local Government Association, leading  projects on child poverty and educational attainment.   Emma is a parent  governor at her children’s secondary school.


Professor Chris JamesProfessor Chris James, Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath.

Chris researches the leadership and management in schools and colleges, the affective aspects of educational organisations, collaborative working in schools and school governing and governance.  During his career, Chris has worked with a range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations including numerous local authorities and schools. He has directed a large number of educational research projects and published over 200 items including six books. In the last six years, Chris has completed four research projects on school governing in England. The most recent was a study of the role of the school governing body chair. He is married to Jane and they have four grown-up children. Chris is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Ralph Allen School in Bath, which his children attended.

You can view “Governing Our Schools” and “The Hidden Givers” here.

Ruth AgnewRuth Agnew

Over the last nine years Ruth has been a Governor, committee chair, vice chair and chair in two schools.  She manages a Local Authority governor service and is accredited by the National College as a National Leader of Governance.  Ruth is an experienced Governor Mark assessor, Chairs the National Service Improvement Group for Governance, is Vice-Chair of the North West Co-ordinators of Governor Services group and regularly contributes to national publications on school governance.  Ruth also works as a freelance governor trainer and consultant.

Jo Penn, Naureen Khalid#UkGovChat @UKGovChat

Jo Penn and Naureen Khalid conceived and launched #UkGovChat, a weekly Twitter chat for governors.  In a few months it’s gathered governors from around the country, sparking ideas and helping to share good practices.  It encompasses “top tips” for new governors and the biggest challenges to effective governance.  Read more about #UkGovChat here.

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