Andy Kent has worked in and around schools for more than 35 years, with over 25 years’ experience in governance in both primary and secondary schools; he is currently chair of an outstanding community primary school in Stockport and of the Interim Executive Board (IEB) of a Church of England primary school in Widnes. He is also a member and trustee of the Crewe Multi-Academy Trust.
Andy was designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG) by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in 2013, and has completed NCTL training to undertake external reviews of governance and undertaken many reviews in a wide range of schools and localities, as well as working for NCTL as an advocate for the NLG programme in 2014, and again since September 2016 as the NLG advocate for Greater Manchester. He was appointed as governor representative to the newly created Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board in May 2017.
Andy was the chair of the National Coordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) for three years (2014-2016) in which capacity he was a member of the Department for Education Advisory Group on Governance (AGOG)and the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) advisory board.
A High school teacher for the first eleven years of his career, Andy moved from an acting deputy headship to work for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) across the North West, before joining Cheshire County Council as Schools Liaison Manager. He had responsibility for the delivery of governor support and clerking services in Cheshire East Council, and formerly Cheshire County Council for over 11 years until retiring from local authority service in August 2015.
Andy is an experienced trainer, including leading the facilitation of the Chairs of Governors’ Development Programme under licence from NCTL and has delivered keynote addresses and workshops at conferences for governors, trustees and headteachers.
He has undertaken assessments for Governor Mark assessor and previously a member of their Board. He was also a Director and Trustee of the National Governors’ Association from 2012-2014 and has an MA in Education.