Inspiring Governance

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What is Inspiring Governance? 

In partnership with the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and Academy AmbassadorsInspiring Governance is a new free service which connects volunteers interested in becoming governors or trustees with recruiting boards nationwide.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of professions and sectors, with skills and expertise in areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Law, and Marketing. Recruiting boards can search easily and quickly for the skills and experience they need.


From 1 September Inspiring Governance (IG) will provide a new service to support governing boards to help them recruit governors.

IG will work closely with Academy Ambassadors (AA) to offer a broad package of support.

Any governing board may register a vacancy and search online for governance volunteers that have the skills they are looking for.

IG and AA will work with an extensive range of businesses and other employers to increase the supply of high calibre governance volunteers.

IG will work alongside AA to help boards recruit where they are unable to find a match themselves online.

IG will provide a new service to help boards recruit a new chair.

IG is developing support and guidance for boards on effective recruitment and will provide induction training to governors and trustees recruited through the service.

For prospective volunteers 

Signing up is easy.

  1. Click ‘Sign-up’ and select ‘Volunteers register here’
  2. Follow the registration steps.
  3. Select ‘School Governor’ from the list of volunteering activities and list the skills and experience you can offer a school.  Your profile will then appear in searches made by schools and recruiting boards looking for volunteers in their area.

For governing boards

Signing up is easy.

  1. Click ‘Sign-up’ and select ‘To find governors for your school – register here’
  2. Follow the registration steps.
  3. Click the ‘Find Volunteers’ tab and search for suitable volunteers.
  4. Send them an invitation and wait for them to respond!

If you are looking to recruit on behalf of multiple schools (e.g. Multi-Academy Trust, Local Authority, or Diocese) please select the option ‘ To find governors for multiple schools – register here’  and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

If you have any questions or want to hear more, please contact Tamanna Ali, Assistant Inspiring Governance Manager at: or phone 020 7566 4880.

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