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Emma Knights

Emma Knights

Chief Executive,
National Governance Association (NGA)

Emma Knights OBE is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the NGA’s Chair’s Handbook. Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years. Follow Emma on Twitter @NGAMedia.

  • 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