Richard James - National Leader of Governance (NLG)

NLGs undertake up to 10 days "consultancy" (free) a year to support other schools through initiatives such as:-

  • Governor training

  • External reviews of individual schools Governance arrangements (ERG)

  • Working with or coaching newly appointed chairs

  • Supporting Heads and Chairs build constructive working relationships.

Biography

  • Chairman of two Schools. The Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester and Hopelands Preparatory School in Stonehouse.

  • The Crypt was identified as Outstanding in all categories at the last OFSTED inspection. The Crypt is a "Teaching School".

  • Hopelands is a tiny Independent School with 87 pupils. The fees are around about the same as many local state primaries.  The last ISI inspection Identified the school as Outstanding across all areas.

Background

  • An NHS CEO or equivalent for almost thirty years serving on 5 boards.

  • Served as company Secretary and Foundation Secretary to a group of Independent Schools following retirement from the NHS.

  • Worked as a Consultant specialising in team development and supporting senior executives through the process of moving to the next job.

  • Run programs to improve Board performance and worked with CEOs and Chairs to build effective partnerships.

  • Support to younger people both with starting out on a career and with support to gain a place at the universities of their choice.

  • Over the last 18 months served as Board Director in two schools that have been identified as failing.

  • Trained Coach 

Contact

If you would like to contact Richard James, please e-mail Nicola Donlon, Clerk to the Governors'  -  ndonlon@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk

 

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