We support all types of state-funded schools and academies, higher education colleges, pupil referral units (PRUs) and state-funded nurseries in finding governors free of charge.

Register your governor vacancy


An outline of our process

  1. Register your governor vacancies online. Here you can specify the desirable skills or expertise you’re looking for in volunteers.
  2. Your dedicated Partnerships Manager will find volunteers in your school’s local area who best match your requirements. They can also look for volunteers from other areas who could support the board remotely.
  3. If both you and the volunteer are interested in moving forward, we’ll make an introduction via email.
  4. You can then arrange a meeting with the volunteer(s) at the school to talk more about the role.

We work with independent schools to find governors for their school boards but please note, there is a cost to this service.

Read more about how we work with independent schools.

Due to differences in the education system, we aren’t able to work with schools in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Diversity on governing boards

A diverse governing board is a stronger board, reflecting school communities and the wider country. Read more about how we’re working to improve diversity on governing boards.

Read more about diversity on boards

Remote Governance

Volunteers who don’t live in the school’s local area can join the board through remote governance. By joining meetings remotely through video calls, they can bring their skills to schools struggling to fill vacancies, and offer an outside perspective.

Remote governance enables schools to:

  • Improve the board’s diversity
  • Find a particular skill set that current volunteers don’t have
  • Gain the experience and perspective from someone outside the community

While remote governors will attend board meetings virtually, the skills they bring and the difference they could make will be tangible.

Indicate your interest in remote governance when you register a vacancy, or speak to your Partnerships Manager about how remote governance could add to your board.

Read more about remote governance

Terms of our service

Our ambition is to ensure every school in England and Wales has excellent governance, which drives improved outcomes for all children and young people. We want to help as many schools and volunteers as possible – but we can only do this with support from the schools we work with.

To help us deliver the high level of service we hold ourselves to, we ask that when registering your vacancy you make every effort to respond to volunteers we introduce you to within our agreed timeframe of two weeks.

If you’re not interested in moving forward with a volunteer, please let us know as soon as possible. We’re then able to find another opportunity for the volunteer who can help another school.

If your requirements change or if your vacancy is no longer available, please get in touch. We can then update or pause our search for suitable volunteers.