Neil Hope-Collins has been a school governor since 1999 and a chair since 2004. He chaired 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 as IEB chair in a special school. He is currently chair of governors at a primary school in Leeds.
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.
An experienced trainer, Neil has tutored courses for trade union representatives and governors, he has co-written courses, including a chairs’ development and networking programme, delivered through a teaching school alliance.
Neil 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. Since then he has undertaken reviews in primary, secondary and special schools and has updated his training with NCTL in line with evolving policy.
In addition, since 2000 Neil has worked in occupational health and safety and is able to bring this knowledge, skills and experience into his governor work.