‘Trojan horse’ report suggests Lord Nash is governor of too many schools

Writing in his column in the Guardian, Warwick Mansell makes an interesting observation about the variety of governor roles being undertaken by academies minister Lord Nash and his wife in light of recommendations made in the recent Peter Clarke ‘Trojan horse’ report…

…Clarke’s recommendation 12 says: “Unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances, there should be a presumption that an individual will only be a governor of a maximum of two schools.” This, says the report, is “so that no single individual has undue influence over a number of schools”.

We can think of someone who has been chair of the trustees at an academy trust while also being chair of governors at one of the trust’s four schools, and also being co-chair of governors, with his wife, of a second and on the governing body of the other two.

Yes, step forward Lord Nash, who manages somehow to combine his governorship roles with running the Future academies chain and being, erm, the minister responsible for academies across England. Nash’s wife, Caroline, is also a governor at all four of Future’s schools, including being chair or co-chair at three of them.

This sounds like a lot of influence for one “individual” and his wife. So how will the DfE react? It’s “no comment” from them…

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‘Trojan horse’ issues aside, how appropriate or sensible is it for any individual to serve on multiple governing boards? Does the value of experience mean it can be helpful or do the increasing demands being placed on governors mean it is not sensible? Please let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. Janet2

    It appears the Greendwood Dale Foundation Trust would also have the same people in charge of too many academies.  GDFT academies don’t have separate governing bodies – that role is taken by GDFT.  Each GDFT academy has an Academy Advisory Council which has no legal responsibilities and only needs meet once a year.

    Too much influence from the centre?


  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Oops -was that part of the deal when the investigation was commissioned? Very embarrassing for DfE

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