Fiona Collier

Governance Adviser, Babcock LDP, Babcock International Group

Fiona works as a Governance Adviser within the Babcock Governor Support Team in Devon, where she has a particular knowledge and expertise in developing resources and training for clerks.  Fiona researched and wrote the Devon Clerks’ Manual in 2015 and has developed a training programme for clerks in Devon.  She is also heavily involved with the communications aspect of Devon’s work; Fiona is the editor of The Devon Governor Magazine, compiles the termly electronic ‘Checklist’ and writes a weekly Clerks’ Alert to update governors and clerks on both national and local initiatives of interest.  Fiona has recently rewritten the Job Description for the Clerk, to reflect the changes in the role, which has resulted in a re-grading of the post locally.

Devon enjoys close links with The Devon Association of Governors (DAG), where Fiona worked for several years as an Area Officer, liaising with governing bodies, representing governors at various fora and organising the twice yearly conferences held at County Hall in Exeter.  Fiona maintains her links with DAG as a member of the board.

Fiona regularly delivers training sessions for clerks and governors, including bespoke events for individual governing bodies.  Fiona is also a regular speaker and contributor to governance conferences.

Fiona has come from a business background, initially with the Northcliffe Newspaper Group, working throughout the country on a range of publications and organising regional and national exhibitions.  More recently Fiona has run a successful business in the heart of Devon where she led the staff to achieve the nationally recognised ‘Committed to Excellence Standard' from The British Quality Foundation. 

Fiona is a governor herself, with over 20 years’ experience, currently at a federation of three primaries, comprising two church schools and a community school in rural Devon.  She has chaired each of the committees and the full governing body, including through Ofsted and SIAMS inspections.  When the opportunity arose to turn her passion for governance into a ‘day job’ by joining the Babcock Devon Governor Support team Fiona seized the moment and seeks to bring her knowledge, positivity and enthusiasm to everything she undertakes. 

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Clerking Development Programme (January 2018)

    This webinar provides an overview of the Better Governor, Better Clerking Development Programme, to those clerks who have registered.

    January 2018

  • Clerks’ Briefing Webinar (January 2018)

    This webinar, recorded on 22nd January, briefs clerks on the latest developments in education that should be influencing governing body/trust board agendas this term.

    January 2018

  • Analyse School Performance: Secondary Schools (January 2018)

    This webinar focused on the recently-published secondary school pupil performance data, contained within the new reports, Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary report (IDSR).

    January 2018

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Chairing Development Programme (March 2018)

    This webinar provided chairs and aspiring chairs, in both maintained schools and academies, embarking on our new Better Governor Chair's Development Programme, with an introduction to, and overview of the programme, prior to the initial face-to-face session. 

    March 2018

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar (March 2018)

    This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the clerk's role in supporting governance through ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. 

    March 2018

  • GDPR: What Governors Need to Know - Webinar (March 2018)

    This webinar focused on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The webinar recording is relevant for governors and trustees in both maintained secondary schools and secondary academies.

    March 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2018)

    This webinar provides all governors, trustees, those who serve on Local Academy Committees and clerks with the opportunity to get up to speed on what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to all those with an interest in school governance.

    April 2018

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (May 2018)

    This Clerks’ Briefing webinar provides clerks with an update on the latest developments in educational policy; practice; and consultation, together with guidance on how to ensure these items are covered in governing body/trust board meetings this term.

    May 2018

  • How does governance change you join a MAT? Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar reflects on how governance changes when schools convert to academy status and join a multi-academy trust.

    May 2018

  • Chairs' Network- What Constitutes 'Part 2' Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor Chairs’ Network webinar, is an opportunity for chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and chairs of local academy committees to come together and discuss topical issues, with our resident governance experts in a structured debate. 

    May 2018

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