The names of the first six national leaders of governance have been revealed by the Department for Education.

The roles, which pay £300 a day for an estimated 50 days’ work a year, have been established to provide mentoring and support to governors at colleges identified as needing extra help.

Serving governors or clerks from colleges that have been rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted were eligible to apply for the roles, which will focus on working with colleges rated grade three or four that have been identified as needing governance support.

Speaking about the announcement, skills minister Anne Milton said the six selected to be national leaders of governance (NLGs) “are exceptional leaders who will up their peers to develop at this pivotal time, strengthening the sector in the process.”

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins said: “I’m delighted to have this new small team of talented and experienced governors and clerks who will be sharing their expertise and supporting colleges to raise the standard of governance.”

The first six NLGs are:

  • Andrew Baird, governor at East Surrey College
  • Shirley Collier, governor at York College
  • Heather Cross, clerk at Bath College and Wiltshire College
  • Carole Drury, clerk at Kendal College
  • Paula Heaney, governor at Long Road Sixth Form College
  • Simon Perryman, governor at Barnsley College

A previous NLG programme was run until March this year by the Association of Colleges, on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation.

Speaking to FE Week in June, when the application window opened, FE commissioner Richard Atkins said the programme had been brought back into the Department for Education “because we want to link the smaller number of NLGs to colleges that require or are asking us for specific help”.

“We know governors need development,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with a group of experienced governors, who might be chairs, governors, or clerks, and deploying them to colleges that would benefit from that kind of focused support.”

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