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

  • The importance of ethical governance
  • Assessing how academies can recruit and attract highly skilled and diverse trustees with relevant knowledge and experience
  • Understanding what makes an effective board with high quality chairing, clear responsibilities, and challenging questioning
  • Discussing what constitutes an effective relationship between and senior leadership
  • Ensuring the delivery of accountable governance which successfully reflects the views and priorities of the wider community, pupils, parents and staff
  • The scheme of delegation and the role of local governance

  • Exploring strategies for diversifying boards to encourage greater representation for those from BAME backgrounds, young people and those with a variety of professional backgrounds
  • Assessing how diversity can support new ideas, balanced discussion and improve the scrutiny of school leaders
  • Preventing group-think on governing boards by developing board members who offer different perspectives and thinking
  • Evaluating how governing boards can broaden their recruitment processes and attract new trustees that represent their communities