Effective schools need good governing bodies. The Diocese is committed to providing support, training and some resources to enable governing bodies, particularly with the specific task of leading a Church school. The Diocesan Governance Consultant can help develop strong and effective governing bodies in a variety of ways suited to the needs and characteristics of each individual school.

Our experienced Governance Consultant is able to offer this support:

Mike Simmonds

Mike Simmonds is an experienced educationalist with a focus on governance. Having served as a governor of a variety of schools, mostly as Chair, for 30 years he is currently Chair of Directors of a Multi Academy Trust (3 Schools) 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 Head teachers 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.

Check out the pages in this section of the website and access the support available.