Head of Governance, Babcock 4S, Babcock International Group
Steve is the Head of the Governance Consultancy Team at Babcock and has a national reputation as a governance expert. He is an experienced and regular speaker at national and regional governor conferences, has had articles published in National titles and been interviewed as a governance expert on the Radio 4 Today Programme on several occasions. Steve has contributed to many national governance initiatives, including being part of the team commissioned by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to develop External Reviews of Governance. Steve has also served on the NCTL Advisory Board on Governance.
In 2012 Steve led the Babcock pilot programme for the NCTL Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme and subsequently the bid that secured Babcock as one of only nine national licence holders delivering the programme.
The Governance Team in Leatherhead which Steve leads, work with over 700 schools across Surrey and West and Central London, supporting more than 6000 governors and clerks, in delivering effective governance in their schools. Steve has considerable personal experience in developing and facilitating governor development sessions on a diverse range of governance issues.
Steve became a governor in 2000 and has, through concurrent terms of office, amassed 63 years of governance experience. He is currently chair of the Governing Body at Bagshot Infant School, Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Academy Trust at Collingwood College, an 11-18 converter academy in Camberley, Surrey, with almost 1,900 pupils, and a member of the Ravenscote Multi-Academy Trust. He has been a Local Authority Additionally Appointed Governor in 11 schools, including two as a member of an Interim Executive Board (IEB) and chaired one IEB himself.
Steve was appointed as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in 2012 and served as an NLG Advocate in 2013 -14. Steve has conducted more than 30 Reviews of Governance and been deployed to five schools as an NLG.
Steve is a qualified Performance Coach and in addition to one-to-one coaching of school leaders and governors, he is an accredited tutor for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) regularly delivering coaching training within educational settings.
In addition to his governance and coaching experience, Steve is a former Ofsted Lay Inspector and is an accredited safeguarding trainer for Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board.
This article looks at the publication of the 2015 School Performance Tables as published on January 21st. Governors need to be aware of the valuable source of comparative data on school performance that these tables represent.
The Home Office published a factsheet on 29th January 2016 outlining the reporting duty, on schools and others, relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which came into force on 31st October. This article explores the key messages in the factsheet and the implications for governance in our schools.
Governing Bodies in all maintained schools and most academies are constituted with a minimum of two parent governors and at least one staff governor. The role of these elected governors is often misunderstood by parents, staff and many other governors too. This article explores their role and seeks to bust a few myths surrounding their responsibilities.
This article summarises the new DfE guidance, Primary School Accountability in 2016, published on 29th January and explains the new performance measures for governors and clerks. The guidance also confirms the floor standard for primary schools in England.
This article explores the DfE's new Schools Financial Health and Efficiency website which brings together information and resources designed to help schools ensure the most efficient use of their funding.
This Better Governor webinar, is an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to reflect on the effectiveness of strategic planning in their school or trust. The Governance Competency Framework sets a clear expectation that Governing/Trust Board's focus on a strategic remit: effective strategic planning is implicit in this. Join us to explore the topic and engage in discussion on what effective practice looks like in 2019.
This webinar will be facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input from them together with opinion polls and the opportunity to ask your own questions.