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. 

  • Ofsted Report on Most Able Students (March 2015)

    An update from Ofsted on their 2013 report on how the most able students are performing

    July 2015

  • Headteacher Appraisal and Salary Review:

    Subscriber content: Guidance for governing body Headteacher Appraisal Panels with information they need when carrying out their Headteacher Appraisal and reviewing the Headteacher's salary.

    July 2015

  • Safer Recruitment E-learning Programme

    Make recruitment safe in your school with this 90-minute personnel online training course. It will support your personnel teams to make recruitment safe in your school and deliver HR function in line with your statutory responsibilities

    July 2015

  • Outcomes for Pupils

    Subscriber content: This training pack will provide any experienced governor with the tools they need to deliver this interactive training to their Governing Body in school.

    July 2015

  • Statutory duty to publish Governor Details and Register of Interests

    Publication of Governor's Details and the Register of Interests

    July 2015

  • National standards of excellence for Headteachers

    Revised National standards of excellence for Headteachers from Department for Education, January 2015

    September 2015

  • Ofsted Short Inspections VIDEO

    This subscriber video explores the key implications of the new Ofsted short inspections for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    October 2015

  • New Ofsted Framework VIDEO

    This subscriber content video outlines the key changes in new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2015. Its focus is on what governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England need to know. This video applies to Governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    October 2015

  • Academies Financial Handbook - Podcast

    A short audio podcast outlining the key changes that governors and clerks should be aware of, within the September 2015 version of the Academies Financial Handbook.

    October 2015

  • Academy Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA)

    This article explores the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA), an alternative to commercially available insurance cover, for Academies, operated and funded by central government.

    November 2015

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Better Governor webinar - New to Chairing 22nd August

This Better Governor webinar is aimed at those governors who are; new to chairing, about to take up the role of chair, and vice chairs considering the role. The session is equally relevant for those in maintained schools, academies or free schools. We will focus on the role of the chair and key aspects of this including effective working with the headteacher and clerk to the governing board, as well as reflecting on how the chair provides strong leadership within the expectations that government has of the role. The webinar will be facilitated by our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of expert input, opinion polls and the opportunity to ask questions.