About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


Govas Annual General Meeting
held on 12th March 2016
at Marple Hall High School

1 Welcome by the Chair

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed the 100 plus Governors who attended the meeting.

2 Apologies

There were no apologies

3 Approval of minutes of last AGM held on March 7th 2015

The minutes were approved

4 Matters arising from minutes

There were no matters arising

5 Notification of AOCB


6 Govas Management Committee Report

The Chair presented the report for the year which again had been a very busy year.
He began by referring to Ofsted’s Regional Report which indicated that Stockport had the highest percentage of leadership and management judged as good or outstanding in the North West.
He emphasised the challenge remained to improve standards and Govas is committed to achieving this through:

-Helping Governors to support each other
-Sharing good practice and information
-Providing links to training and resources
-Giving a voice to Stockport Governors
-Working with others to promote and improve governance in Stockport.

He reminded Governors of the importance of the Govas Website as a means of keeping Governors informed and pointed out that we have recently embraced the world of Twitter. He pointed out that Govas had a good working relationship with the Local Authority and thanked them for their help in the organisation of this Conference.
Govas also had representation on many of the Local Authorities Boards and Groups which ensured that the Governor perspective could be put forward, understood and accounted for.
We hope to organise seminars/workshops on specific themes starting this summer.
We encourage feedback and ideas on what training is needed both individually or as a Governing Body.
We are developing relationships with other Associations and have had meetings to encourage business people to get more involved in school governance.

7 Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet

The Treasurer Report was presented. It showed how Govas is funded and how the money is spent.

8 Election of Management Committee Members

3 existing members of the Committee had applied for re-election. Ian Ritchie, Jurgen Rolins, Robert Twigg.These members were re-elected for a further two years. There were two additional nominations,Ann Traffordand and Colin Winder. Colin Winder was appointed as a co-opted member.



11 Date of next meeting

To be arranged together with Governors Annual Conference