National Leaders of Governance, NLGs

Governance Support

With the increased emphasis on the role of governors in the management of their schools the government has introduced a support mechanism designed to provide a critical friend for governing bodies. Whilst your local authority can provide backup, Durham Schools’ Teaching Alliance can arrange for support to chairs of governors and their boards which is independent, impartial and delivered by experienced governors with a track record of success.

National leaders of governance (NLGs) are highly effective chairs of governors who support chairs of governors in other schools. You can contact an NLG through us if you want to improve the leadership and performance of your school’s governing body. Durham Schools’ Teaching Alliance can provide support from a number of NLGs from differing backgrounds, depending on the type and level of support your governing body requires.

Typical activities include, but are not limited to:

  • external reviews of governance
  • coaching and mentoring
  • reviewing the responsibilities of the governing body
  • action planning
  • supporting academy conversion
  • advising on reviewing headteacher performance

Time commitment for you and your governors

An NLG will work directly with your school’s chair of governors. Their support can include:

  • phone calls
  • emails
  • face-to face meetings
  • attendance at governors meetings

The NLGs are very aware of the time commitment that governors already make and will try and arrange contact to suit the school being support, so the time can be spent across full or partial days, during evenings or at weekends.


Any possible costs will be negotiated between your school and the Durham Schools’ Teaching Alliance and will depend on the type and level of support that you require.

How to contact an NLG

NLG School and contact email address 
Joe Buckham

Prince Bishops Primary School

Alison Aisbitt

Ourlady and St Thomas Primary School

David Kingston

Our lady and St Thomas Primary School