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Did you know you could contribute to ICE’s education and inspiration programme in a strategic local role? Becoming a school governor can help us in the engineering industry better understand schools and shape improved educational outcomes, whilst also benefitting you as an individual.
We’ll hear from ICE members volunteering as school governors about the benefits – both personal and professional – and activities involved in governorship. We’ll also hear from our partner organisation for school governor volunteering in England – Inspiring Governance – on the support and training that is available.
Having a good quality education has a huge impact on the future life chances of children and young people. Governing boards make significant decisions about schools to ensure they are successful for every pupil. A school governing board needs volunteers drawn from across the school’s community that bring different skills, experiences and perspectives to the table. Anybody over 18 can be a governor and you don’t have to be a parent.
It is estimated there is at least one vacancy on every school governing board in England and if you consider there are over 23,000 schools that’s a lot of empty seats around the board table.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. While Scotland does not have a formal system of school governance, instead schools have Parent Councils to maintain links with the school community. Inspiring Governance is a government backed governor recruitment service connecting volunteers with schools in England. Contact us at [email protected] if you need materials to enable you to bring civil engineering to your local school or would like to join the network of school governors we are creating.
Wendy is the Director of ICE regions for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), with responsibility to implement the ICE’s business plan and key strategies to ensure the ICE vision, core purpose and objectives are delivered globally. Wendy is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Structural Engineer and Fellow of ICE with over 30 years’ experience of the civil engineering industry working with public and private sector clients and membership organisations.
Wendy was awarded an OBE in the Queens Honours in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017 in recognition of her career in civil engineering and as a role model for diversity in the profession.
Aaron is an inclusive design engineer looking at making London’s rail stations more accessible for everyone. He is a governor at Harlington School, on the finance and premises committee as well as being the governor for equalities.
Lynn King is Head of Employer and Volunteer Engagement on the Inspiring Governance Programme for the Education and Employers Charity and has served as a governor of a two local authority maintained primary schools.
Dominic Judge is a director of the charity Education and Employers, which runs Inspiring Governance, an online governor recruitment service funded by the Department for Education. He has served as a governor of two maintained primary schools and a secondary multiacademy trust in Nottingham.
Jonathan is a civil and transportation engineer with over 25 years’ worth of wide-ranging experience working for the public and private sectors. He is an experienced advisor to the public and private sector, and regularly provides advice at a senior level to local authorities and partnerships in the UK, aimed at the development of integrated transportation and regeneration solutions aimed at supporting economic growth in cities. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and currently serves on the Policy and External Affairs Committee.
He has been a School Governor since 2010, and is currently on the Governing Board of two primary schools in Harrogate, having served as Chair and Vice Chair on each in the past three years. In both cases, he is the Lead Governor on financial and staffing issues and is currently working on the process of converting one of the schools to an academy.
Ian started employment as a graduate materials engineer with a consultants practice, testing and working with clay prompted a diversion into clay products by founding a successful brick and masonry contractors. He now lives in Cambridge and enjoys being a school governor, member of judging panel for the BDA and Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, former chairman of The Hawks Club and Cambridge Rugby Union Club.
His involvement with two SEN schools began over 10 years ago initially with privately funded school Meldreth Manor and Orchard Manor. The second school is Granta School, this is state funded SEN school of 154 day pupils, and this is a traditional school governor role.
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