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 also chairs the SE Regional COGS group. NCOGS and the regional group support good governance through access to professional debate and the opportunity to share practice and formulate a regional response to national issues. Hampshire is a DfE contract holder for the 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 and trustees should have access to locally delivered support and advice services and a broad training offer to help them be effective in their role.

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.

Sian MathiasSian Mathias

London

Sian first became a school governor 20 years ago. With a background in social work she moved into education first at an educational charity and then took on a local authority governance lead role in Wandsworth, South London in 2008. In this role Sian developed a new professional clerking service, worked with South West London colleagues to deliver a NCTL governance license, was an active member of the LA's school improvement team supporting schools causing concern and led on the team's plans for managing reductions in budgets and the change in the LA's functions. Sian chaired LCOGS for three years until 2016. Since April 2017 Sian has been an independent governance specialist supporting LA's develop their governor services, delivering consultancy, training and governance reviews. Sian took on the role of chair of the trust board of a new multi-academy trust in January 2018.

Sharon BrammeierSharon Brammeier

North West

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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 also chairs the SE Regional COGS group. NCOGS and the regional group support good governance through access to professional debate and the opportunity to share practice and formulate a regional response to national issues. Hampshire is a DfE contract holder for the 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 and trustees should have access to locally delivered support and advice services and a broad training offer to help them be effective in their role.

Fiona CollierFiona Collier

South West

Fiona works as a Governance Adviser within the Babcock ldp Governance Consultancy Team in Devon, which is a joint venture with Devon County Council. Fiona is the vice-chair of the South West COGS group and strongly believes in the power of collaborative working and sharing best practice across the sector. Fiona has a particular interest, knowledge and expertise in developing resources and training for clerks; she researched and wrote the Devon Clerks' Manual and has developed a bespoke training programme for clerks in Devon. Fiona is the editor of Governance Today Magazine, compiles a termly electronic 'Checklist' and writes a weekly Governance Alert to update governors and clerks on both national and local initiatives of interest and importance. Fiona has been involved in governance for longer than she cares to admit, having served as a governor, committee chair and chair of governors in a range of schools, as well as clerking herself, she understands the trials and tribulations faced by boards and clerks. Fiona has come from a business background, initially with the Northcliffe Newspaper Group, working throughout the country on a range of publications and organising regional and national exhibitions. More recently Fiona has run a successful business in the heart of Devon where she led the staff to achieve the nationally recognised 'Committed to Excellence Standard' from The British Quality Foundation.

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.