Neil Hope-Collins has been a school governor since 1999 and a chair since 2004. He currently chairs the governing body of a federation of two infant schools in Hebden Bridge, and was instrumental in the formation of that federation. He also has experience as an Interim Executive Board (IEB) member and chair, including currently as IEB chair in a special school.
Neil was designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in spring 2012 and in that capacity has supported a number of primary and secondary schools across the north of England.
Neil is an experienced trainer, including having co-written and facilitated an on-going chairs’ development and networking programme, delivered through a teaching school alliance, and tutored on courses for trade union representatives.
He was trained in undertaking external reviews of governance by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in autumn 2012, to support the pilot process which NCTL undertook on behalf of Ofsted, and, since then has undertaken reviews in primary and secondary schools.
Feedback on Neil’s reviews includes the following extract from a Section 8 report: ‘The external review of governance, which took place soon after the inspection, enabled governors to have a clearer picture of their existing skills and training needs. They are now able to ask more challenging questions of the leadership and have a much clearer idea of how to support their own development.’