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Governors for Schools have announced the launch of Flexi Governors. Flexi Governors is a new initiative designed to support those schools where it has been historically difficult to fill school governing board vacancies. A Flexi Governor will fulfil all existing governor duties and responsibilities but will attend the majority of board meetings via a dial in visual device, such as Skype or Facetime.
Governors for Schools is launching Flexi Governors with its business partners KPMG and Accenture. These partners will support the initiative with both employee volunteers based in London, and, where needed, technology to enable remote governorship. The first phase of Flexi Governors will involve up to 10 volunteers placed in schools who have expressed an interest in this way of working.
Louise Cooper, CEO, Governors for Schools, comments: “In response to market demands, and further to the results of the pilot project with Lloyds Banking Group last year, we are excited to announce the launch of Flexi Governors with the support of our partners KPMG and Accenture. There is no doubt that Governor vacancies in some of the more remote parts of the country are difficult to fill. Indeed, research indicates that almost one-third of governing boards currently have two or more vacancies. Flexi Governors aims to bridge this gap. We will harness the wealth of skills supplied by volunteers employed by our partner organisations and connect them as governors to those schools where their skills are most needed”.
Linda Wickstrom, Grant Giving and Engagement Lead, UK Corporate Citizenship, Accenture comments: “Accenture is delighted to be partnering Governors for Schools in Flexi Governors. Technology solutions are Accenture’s core business. Geography is no longer a barrier to placing highly skilled volunteers as governors in those more rural schools where governor appointments have traditionally been challenging. The use of Skype or Facetime is normal business practice and can be readily transferred for use on governing boards in schools”.
Dawn Elliot, Head of Partnership Tax at KPMG and Chair of Governors at The City Academy, Hackney, comments: "Technology negates the restrictions of geography. Schools need governors. As a governor myself, I am only too aware of the advantages highly skilled volunteers can bring to a governing board. KPMG will continue to encourage volunteers to be placed as governors through Governors for Schools, harnessing technology that allows a governor volunteer to join the governing body of any school in the country regardless of their respective locations."
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