National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

NLGs concentrate on developing school governance capacity and expertise. In some cases they work in partnership with a National Leader of Education (NLE).


NLGs provide support to a chair of governors where the school is seeking to raise standards. NLGs can support a new chair of governors and also undertake training and support for the full governing body. They can also undertake external reviews of governance.


Support can be face-to-face, by telephone or by e-mail


Bespoke programmes of support can be developed to meet your specific needs. These can range from short single focus pieces of work to medium and longer term programmes covering a number of areas in your improvement plans.


The initial step is a phone call to our office and a discussion to identify the most appropriate colleague to visit you and discuss your requirements and how these might best be met. The amount of support; the timescale; who will deliver; the intended outcomes and cost of the programme will be clearly identified and should you wish to proceed these will be built into the DTSA contract of support.


Colleagues wishing to engage any of the NLGs should contact for more information and guidance.

View courses led by Derby Governance Partnership here.

We have also partnered with the National Governance Association to offer discounted membership packages to help you and your board keep up-to-date and engaged with all things governance. See this page for more information.

Name Leadership Experience Other Experience
Sandra Fletcher
  • Governor at Kingsmead School PRU, John Port Spencer Academy, EDB Special School and Newton’s Walk PRU
  • Chair of Governors at Kingsmead School
  • Chair of Governors at Chellaston Academy
  • Conducts External Reviews of Governance which lead to real improvements
  • Previous Head in inner city school
  • Led schools out of special measures
  • Worked with PRU in special measures
Chris Merrick
  • Conducts British Schools Overseas Reviews
  • Chair of Governors at nursery federation
  • Vice Chair of Standard Committee of a Primary School
  • Conducts External Reviews of Governance which lead to real improvements
  • Previous Head, Local Authority Advisor, School Improvement Partner and Ofsted inspector