An educational charity has welcomed on board a new chief executive who is set to oversee a period of growth and development.
Louise Cooper takes up the position of chief executive of SGOSS Governors for Schools, which supplies a free governor search and selection service for schools looking to recruit candidates with commercial experience to boost the skill sets of the existing Board of Governors.
In her new role, Louise will be required to lead the business through its next stage of growth, and to more than double the number of placements it makes each year, expanding its footprint into cold spot areas and increasing the impact it makes on the education system.
Governors recruited by SGOSS are called to bring their commercial skills and experience to support schools, to help them manage tighter budgets, recruitment, and managing the transition process as schools move to academy status.
Louise has an MBA from Harvard with an elective in social enterprise, and has an extensive grounding in business skills and policy which she gained while working at LEK Consulting, HM Treasury, Tesco, and as a successful Business Development Director at The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF).
As the daughter of two teachers, and the parent fo two children of school age, Louise understand the impact a good education can have, and is delighted to be taking over from retiring chief executive, Janet Scott.
Chairman of SGOSS Ian Armitage thanked Janet for her hard work over the years, but is pleased to see Louise step up to the mark.
He said: “This is the natural succession of a great leader. SGOSS and the school system have been wonderfully served by Janet Scott who created and built the governor recruitment platform which has delivered year on year by recruiting and placing a growing number of talented business executives into governor roles.
“Louise joins us at the right point in her career and the right point for SGOSS. We have plans to supplement the organisation’s highly effective recruitment service with training for governors and access to knowledge and support so they are equipped to make more impact faster. We are now independent of DfE control and have secured multi-year funding from philanthropists and corporations who are committed to supporting the state school system in England. Competition for the position was fierce; we are very happy that Louise has chosen to lead us on our journey.
“Janet has worked at SGOSS since its inception. She has been instrumental in driving the plans for remodelling SGOSS as a 21st century integrated service for the placement of governors in schools. Her experience of working with employers to recruit their staff to be governors, along with the strategic oversight in recent years, combine to validate her transformative vision for SGOSS. During this time, Janet has developed strong professional relationships with organisations such as the University of Manchester, City of London Corporation, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Allen & Overy and many others. Louise and I are lucky to be able to continue to work with Janet who will act as a consultant to SGOSS.”