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 is the Governance Development Officer for the Diocese of Brentwood, leading and coordinating support for governors in 94 Catholic schools across the Diocese. Until May 2018, she led the EES for Schools Governance Support team in Essex, and continues to work for EES on a part-time basis as a tutor developing and running workshops for governors. Debbi 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 primary school (now Outstanding) and several secondary academies has given her a deep understanding of the difference effective governance makes to school improvement as well as the challenges faced by governing boards. 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 92% of Essex primary and secondary pupils now attending an Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding school.

Jacqui RidleyJacqui Ridley

Governorth

Jacqui has worked as the Training and Development Lead for the School and Governor Support Service in County Durham in the North East since May 2017. This is a fully traded service which provides a full complement of clerking, advice, training and support to Governors in and outside of County Durham through service level agreements. Jacqui is Chair of the North East COGS regional group, Governorth, who act as a network for regional COGS, sharing good practice and developing materials and training resources. Jacqui started her career as a qualified teacher but moved into governance related services in Newcastle as a clerk and then in Gateshead as service lead for the Governor Support Service. She moving on to work as a business manager in a large two form entry primary school in Sunderland and returned retuned to governance as Training and Development Lead in May 2017 in County Durham where she developed and delivers training for Governors and Senior Leaders. Jacqui is a qualified assessor and internal verifier and has developed and delivered nationally accredited clerks training, is an accredited trainer for Safer Recruitment training and has served as a judge for the Teaching Awards. With over 20 years governance experience Jacqui also serves as a Governor at a large primary school in Gateshead.

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

Sharon began her professional life as a teacher, working in a VI form college in Salford. Following a career break she joined Wigan Council as a member of the Governor Services team and, in 2010, was appointed as manager of the service. The service comprises of the Governor Support team who prepare supporting documentation for maintained schools and academies and plan and deliver an extensive programme of training to governors and Trustees to across Wigan. She also leads the Local Authority clerking service that delivers professional clerking to schools and academies, both in Wigan and to neighbouring boroughs. Sharon is an experienced governor trainer, who in addition to delivering training in Wigan, also has also acted as a facilitator for both the DFE leadership and clerking development programmes. She currently an appointed facilitator for the NGA Clerks Development Programme. Sharon is a designated National Leader of Governance and mentors a recently appointed Chair as part of the NGA Inspiring Governance programme. Sharon has been a governor for over 15 years, and has served as Chair of a community primary school for 10 years and is currently Chair of an outstanding voluntary aided primary school in St Helens. Sharon has also served on the governing board of a secondary school, being appointed to contribute to improving the governance in a school that had been judged as ``Inadequate`` and has been appointed to an Academy Improvement Board for an academy that has recently been placed in ``special measures``. Sharon is passionate about good governance and the importance of governors and Trustees effectively fulfilling their role.

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.

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.