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Clare Collins MBE

Clare Collins MBE

Head of Consultancy,
National Governance Association (NGA)

Clare leads and manages NGA’s consultancy service which undertakes external reviews of governance for all types of schools and academy trusts including MATs, as well as providing specialised consultancy support and bespoke support, training and development for MATs. Clare works alongside NGA’s Head of Training Development recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants, developing the training offer, and ensuring effective delivery. Clare also contributes to NGA publications, speaks at events and represents NGA. Clare’s background is in governance and trusteeship. She has chaired the governing board in a number of schools in different phases and in varying stages of their development. Clare has also chaired her local authority Schools Forum, and her trustee experience includes chairing the NGA trust board from 2008-2011

  • Discussing how COVID-19 has impacted the role and expectations of academy governors, and lessons from the ‘virtual governance’ experience
  • Examining what ethical governance and a strong relationship with leaderships looks like in single trusts as well as in small and large multi-academy trusts
  • Advising on how to champion diversity, and attract a wider pool of talent for governing bodies
  • Assessing the role of governors in curriculum quality and analysis, in light of this being a large focus of the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
  • Encouraging governors and school leaders to improve collaboration by ensuring each understands the roles and responsibilities of the other, through wider internal dialogue and training days where necessary
  • Exploring how to better prepare new governors for their role in safeguarding children, and how to overcome potential fear of fulfilling this role