A few words about us

Dughall McCormick introduces his session on social media and governance at the NCOGS Annual Conference 2016
The National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) is a committee representing Local Authority providers of services to school governors and other governor support professionals. The committee is made up of Co-ordinators of Governor Services (COGS) from across the eight regional groups and is funded through subscription.

The committee is made up of Co-ordinators of Governor Services (COGS) from across the eight regional groups and is funded through subscription.

As a group the COGS exist to support and enable the delivery of high quality services to governors and to ensure effective governance in schools. The committee also provides a mechanism for professionals working in Governor services to access a range of materials and development opportunities. It is the committee's responsibility to influence and initiate national policy by identifying common themes emerging from the regions and then to communicate the outcomes to support the continuous improvement of Local Authority Governor Services.

Membership of NCOGS is subscription based and divided into the eight regional groups. For more information about membership, please contact us.

Meet the chair and team of regional coordinators

Mandy ParsonsMandy Parsons

All Regions

Mandy started her professional life in HR, working in the manufacturing and IT sectors and then as a training and development consultant. She became a governor in 1992 and has served as a governor in primary and secondary phases for over 20 years, as well as volunteering roles in the CAB and scouting. Mandy joined Hampshire Governor Services as a tutor in 2000 and substantively as a coordinator in 2002. She has managed Hampshire Governor Services since 2010. Mandy chairs the SE Regional COGS group, which enables all members involved in supporting governance access to professional debate and the opportunity to share practice and formulate a regional response to national issues. Hampshire is a regional licence holder for the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Chairs' and Clerks' Programme, and also provides a national Clerks' Accreditation Programme, working regionally and nationally with its partners to support governors and clerks in their increasingly challenging roles. Mandy believes all governors should have access to locally delivered support and advice services and a broad training offer to help them be effective in their role, to cope with the rate of change and to support them individually and collectively in the

Debbi BothamDebbi Botham

East

Debbi leads the EES for Schools Governor Services team in Essex, a traded service responsible for supporting and developing the effectiveness of governing boards, including the strategic lead for governor training and development. She is co-chair of the Eastern Region (ERCOGS) a thriving and supportive group which comes together each term to engage in professional debate about school governance, share good practice, develop resources and provide professional support. Initially a secondary school teacher, she is an HR professional with over twenty years' experience, specialising in performance management, recruitment, professional learning and development and equality and diversity. Serving as a school governor for nearly twenty years, at both a large C of E primary school (now Outstanding) and an Outstanding secondary academy, has given her a deep understanding of the difference effective governance makes to school improvement as well as the challenges faced by governing boards. She first joined the Governor Services team as a tutor, and has managed the service since 2013. A firm advocate that strong governance is key to ensuring successful educational outcomes for young people, she is very proud of the improvements made by Essex governing boards with over 93% of Essex primary and secondary pupils now attending an Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding school.

Barry PiercyBarry Piercy

Governorth

Having been a Clerk for many years Barry is presently the Governor Services Manager for Durham County Council. He has worked with governors now for around 18 years and remains committed to supporting the development of strong governance to meet the challenges facing schools. Barry is actively involved in designing and delivering governor training in order to help governors refresh and acquire new skills and knowledge that helps them in their role. Governor self-review and supportive Healthchecks are key development for his service, which supports maintained schools in all phases and also works with colleague governors in academies in Durham and beyond. Barry is the chair of Governorth and has been an active member of NCOGs for 6 years now; developing a national position is important in developing governance nationally but NCOGs also provides a useful network of like-minded professionals. Barry is currently the NCOGS treasurer.

Glenys Hurst-RobsonGlenys Hurst-Robson

North West

Glenys is an experienced senior manager at Knowsley MBC working in children and family services since 2003 in a variety of roles including Principal HR Officer for Schools and Governor and Workforce Development Manager. Glenys provided strategic support to both the Children and Families Board and Local Children's Safeguarding Board in Knowsley before returning to working with schools, taking up the post of Schools Partnership Development Manager in January 2015. As a member of the Education Improvement Team Glenys provides strategic advice and support to develop highly effective and well informed school governing boards whilst managing and delivering a varied training and development programme for governors. In addition Glenys has her own consultancy & training business specialising in organisational development and safeguarding training for governors.

Mandy ParsonsMandy Parsons

South East

Mandy started her professional life in HR, working in the manufacturing and IT sectors and then as a training and development consultant. She became a governor in 1992 and has served as a governor in primary and secondary phases for over 20 years, as well as volunteering roles in the CAB and scouting. Mandy joined Hampshire Governor Services as a tutor in 2000 and substantively as a coordinator in 2002. She has managed Hampshire Governor Services since 2010. Mandy chairs the SE Regional COGS group, which enables all members involved in supporting governance access to professional debate and the opportunity to share practice and formulate a regional response to national issues. Hampshire is a regional licence holder for the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Chairs' and Clerks' Programme, and also provides a national Clerks' Accreditation Programme, working regionally and nationally with its partners to support governors and clerks in their increasingly challenging roles. Mandy believes all governors should have access to locally delivered support and advice services and a broad training offer to help them be effective in their role, to cope with the rate of change and to support them individually and collectively in the

Maxine WinterMaxine Winter

South West

Maxine began her career in the private sector working for a multi-national food and beverages PLC undertaking a number of financial and governance roles. She moved into local government specialising in Audit and Risk Management before being seconded to School Improvement Service, of which Governor Services is an integral part. Maxine currently manages South Gloucestershire Governor Services Team who are well established and respected with over 25 years' experience of supporting governing boards across all phases and types of schools. Since 2007 she has been supporting governors through challenging circumstances and change processes including conversions to academy status. More recently expanding the services to offer a range of support such as facilitated governance reviews and self-evaluation programmes to meet the unprecedented levels of change and responsibilities faced by governing boards. The support provided is often cited in school Ofsted reports as contributing positively towards the effectiveness of the governing board demonstrating their shared responsibility as part of the schools leadership team. Maxine delivers and facilitates many of the service's training and development sessions which keeps her up to date with current issues, as well as serving on a newly federated governing board. The support of NCOGS is essential for providing a professional support network to disseminate both national and best practice as well as representing school governance on a number of national advisory and consultative forums.

Dave WallisDave Wallis

West Midlands

Until the autumn term 2015 Dave led the LA school governor provision for Coventry City Council, a post he held for over ten years and during which time he was the strategic lead for school governance for the local authority. He had responsibility for the delivery of training, development of policy and provision of a professional clerking service on a traded basis to schools, academies and free schools. Prior to this he managed the clerking service and had worked in local government for over thirty years. Since the autumn term 2015 Dave has been delivering the LA governor training programme in association with the local teaching school alliance on a self-employed basis. He also delivers the suite of governor leadership programmes developed by the national college as an associate tutor for Edge Hill University, one of the eight national licence holders for these packages. Dave works closely with colleagues in the West Midlands many of whom still work for their LA but an increasing number work in associated organisations delivering services previously run by the LA.

Kathryn WilkinsonKathryn Wilkinson

Yorkshire and Humber

Kathryn is the vice-chair of NCOGS and governor support service manager for Leeds City Council, Children's Services. She's been a governor for over twenty years and is passionate about the impact that effective governance can have on outcomes for children. Kathryn has a background in education and has taught at both primary and secondary level. Leeds Governor support service provides fully trained clerks to the vast majority of schools in the city, it also delivers a comprehensive training programme and an extensive library of information and support documents for governors. Kathryn really values NCOGS as a means of sharing good practice and influencing matters concerning good governance.

Jane EdminsonJane Edminson

NCOGS Clerk

Jane has been the clerk for the NCOGs committee since 2007. She works in the Governor Services team in Newcastle City Council where she is responsible for training and support. She is a governor in three schools; chair in two primaries and a governor in a secondary. She is also a National Leader of Governance.