Governors for Schools is pleased to echo the important message of Trustees’ Week by joining in the celebration of trustees and their vital work. We take this opportunity to thank volunteers on academy trust boards and our own valued charity trustees.

As we increase our charity’s efforts to support the recruitment of trustees to academy trusts across England, Trustees’ Week represents a perfect opportunity to take stock and reflect on the enormous value offered by volunteers in trustee roles.

David Ardill, Head of Trustee Recruitment Service (TRS) at Governors for Schools, sends his thanks to all academy trustees, commenting:

‘The time, dedication, and application offered by the volunteers with whom we work is unrivalled. The trustee role requires a lot of commitment and passion for improving education, and we’re hugely grateful to every person who has applied for a role, has been one of the hundreds of volunteers placed in a role, or has, at any stage, worked with us to help improve education.

‘Good trustees – bringing challenge, accountability, and independence to trust boards – are essential to the health and future success of the sector and can make such a difference to schools, whatever the current challenges they face.

‘Beyond this, we know the role of trustee is vastly rewarding, offering a rich variety of experiences and an opportunity to make a difference in young lives. We’re delighted to celebrate and highlight the often-tireless work of all trustees – during this week, and every week.’

Such thanks are felt by all at Governors for Schools, including CEO Hannah Stolton, who shares:

‘We work with trusts in every part of England to support their trustee recruitment activity, ensuring independence, accountability and challenge around the board table. This years’ Trustees’ Week theme – ‘making a difference in changing times’ – rings true to all at Governors for Schools. We know the vital difference these people make to the schools they serve and wish to thank each and every volunteer trustee for their commitment, dedication, and service.

‘Trustees set the strategic direction of schools which educate thousands of children across the country. The skills and time they give are fundamental helping schools adapt to the evolving education system, so having the right trustees on your board is essential. People who can bring a breadth of skills, experiences, and perspectives will drive schools to improve, providing challenge and support to senior leaders and ensuring every penny is spent wisely at this very difficult time. 

‘This Trustees’ Week, we would also like to say an unreserved thank you to our own charity trustees. We are committed to our mission, and the support of our own dedicated Governors for Schools Trustees helps to steer and keep us to course. From all at Governors for Schools – thank you.’

What is the Trustee Recruitment Service?

The recently launched Trustee Recruitment Service helps academy trust boards find high-calibre volunteers through tailored matching efforts. We use a suite of powerful recruitment tools, corporate partners, and networks to find and help place volunteers from the corporate, third, and education sectors, ensuring that every match is targeted and fulfils trusts’ current and future needs. We consider many factors when matching volunteers and academy trusts, including skills, experience level, and values, and how these meet the specific requirements of each trust on an individual, bespoke basis. We also work closely with trusts looking to diversify their boards, helping them recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds.

How can you find out more about the Trustee Recruitment Service?

You can find comprehensive information about the Trustee Recruitment Service on our website. If you have any queries about the service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Head of Trustee Recruitment David Ardill at [email protected].

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About Governors for Schools

Governors for Schools is a national education charity that finds, places, and supports governors on school and academy boards. With over 20 years’ worth of experience matching volunteers with schools, we’re committed to ensuring every board has diverse and effective governance. Find out more on our website.

Interested in volunteering in governance? We currently have hundreds of registered vacancies to fill with committed volunteers. You don’t need to be a parent or have special qualifications to apply. We’re searching for people aged 18+ with a variety of skills. Find out more on our website.