School governor selected for national role

Annette Beckwith with Sir Michael Wilkins, chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust.
Annette Beckwith with Sir Michael Wilkins, chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust.

The chairman of governors at a Ripon school has been chosen for a national role supporting her counterparts at schools across the UK.

Annette Beckwith was one of only 100 governors across the country appointed to the role of National Leader of Governance (NLG) in the latest recruitment round by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Angela Sweeten, principal of Outwood Academy Ripon, said: “As a new principal I very quickly realised the advantages of having a highly committed and knowledgeable chairman of governors to challenge and support me.

“Annette’s extensive experience is a strength of our academy and was something that I believed other schools could benefit from. I encouraged her to apply to become a National Leader of Governance and I am incredibly proud that she has achieved this accolade.”

National Leaders of Governance are highly effective chairmen of governors who use their skills and experience to support chairmen of governors in schools and academies for a variety of reasons – for example, a fellow chairman maybe new, may want to focus more on school improvement, or may need support in dealing with significant strategic challenges, such as becoming a federation or converting to academy status.

The total number of NLGs across the UK now stands at above 260 and is set to rise to 300 by April. The roles build on the success of the NCTL’s National Leaders of Education programme where proven headteachers provide additional leadership in struggling schools.

Sir Michael Wilkins, Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said: “We are delighted that Annette has been successful in becoming the first National Leader of Governance within our group.

“Governors play a vital role in schools and Annette will bring a wealth of experience with her in leading and training other governors.”