Governance support

We are committed to providing support, training and resources to enable governing bodies to effectively lead Church schools.

Effective schools need effective governing bodies. We are committed to providing support, training and resources to enable governing bodies, particularly with the specific task of leading a Church school.

The Diocesan Governance Consultants can help develop strong and effective governing bodies in a variety of ways suited to the needs and characteristics of each individual school.

Information and advice

General information and advice for governors to help them undertake their role effectively is available from a range of national organisations. Some of these organisations are listed below with links to their websites:

Urgent, confidential or specific queries

If it is felt that a conversation with our own Diocesan Team is appropriate, at least in the first instance, please contact us.

Your enquiry will be referred as soon as possible to our Governance Consultant. You will receive advice either by telephone or email within approx. 48 hours of your enquiry.

Meet our Governance Consultant

Mike Simmonds is an experienced educationalist with a focus on governance and has served as a governor of a variety of schools for 30 years. He is currently Chair of Directors of a Multi Academy Trust and Chair of an Interim Executive Board of a Church School.  

Mike is involved in providing training, mentoring and support for schools and governors in several Dioceses. In the Diocese of Chelmsford this often means supporting Headteachers and Chairs of Governors. He trains on many aspects of school governance and is a passionate communicator from lecterns and pulpits - often speaking at governor conferences across the country. He is continually thinking about how to re-imagine governance in Church schools and provide effective leadership for this and the next generation of children.

Virtual governance sessions

To support governors across the Diocese, we offer a range of opportunities for you to discuss any current issues or concerns, to support one another and share ideas.

Governance Chat

First Friday of every month at 12:15pm

Grab your sandwich and join Mike Simmonds at lunchtime for a 30 minute chat about governance on the first Friday of each month (term time). 

Governance Bite Size

Join Mike for a free 1 hour online session, covering various topics throughout the academic year.

Governance Courses

We hold several online courses throughout the academic year. Further details of all governance courses and events can be found below and on our Courses and Events page.