School governors are an unpaid group of hard working people who give freely of their time and energy, committing their varied talents to the service of their schools. They come from a variety of walks of life and do not necessarily have any educational experience. An ideal person would be able to bring energy, varied life experiences and fresh ideas to the role of organising and managing a school. They need no formal qualifications or particular skills but they do need to have time to dedicate to their role. Being a governor is one of the most valuable contributions a person can make to their community and our children's future.
Anyone over the age of 18 can become a governor providing that they are not the subject of a bankruptcy order or have been convicted of certain criminal offences. A full list of disqualification rules can be accessed by following the link on this page. As part of the appointment process governors are asked to confirm that they do not fall foul of these rules.
There is no limit to the number of governing bodies an individual can serve on, however before committing too heavily, governors must consider the amount of time they have to devote to governorship.