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 9th July 2018

at Priestnall School


  • Welcome by the Chair

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed those attending to  the meeting.

  • Apologies

Ian Ritchie,Robert Twigg

  • Approval of minutes of last AGM held on July 5th 2017

The minutes were approved

  • Matters arising from minutes

There were no matters arising

  • Notification of AOCB

There was no AOCB

  • Govas Management Committee Report

The Chair opened the report by putting on record Govas’s thanks to Stuart Foster, our former chair, for his work and commitment to Govas over several years.He also thanked the present Committee members for their support and contribution over the last twelve months.

The AGM is now arranged in the summer term together with an external speaker.

Last years presentation was on financial efficiencies. This year we  welcomed Anne

Seneviratne (HMI) who spoke about the work of Ofsted, entitled “The Lost Years”

The main event for Govas each year is the organisation of the Annual Conference,which is actively supported by officers of Stockport Council.This years title was”Effective Governance in Challenging Times”,with Emma Knights, the Chief Executive of the NGA, as guest speaker.

Feedback from the 135 Governors attending was overwhelmingly positive.

Govas continued to meet regularly with officers of the LA.These meetings provided a great opportunity to share views and information on school issues.

Governors/Trustees were reminded of the continuing challenge faced in delivering core functions amid continuing turbulence and uncertainty.

The Secretary of State recently announced increased national funding for Governor training,but nothing was said about curriculum and assessment changes,teacher supply, funding of pay or school capital funding and budgetary challenges faced as school numbers rise.

Stockport remains one of the lowest funded authorities, with no great signs of this improving.One of Govas’s priorities must be to work collaboratively  for improved national funding.There is also scope for Chairs/Governors/trustees to deveop a local forum.

Locally we say farewell to Phil Beswick,who has been a champion of education in Stockport for many years.Govas thanks him for his support and wished him well in retirement.It is important that any succession plan provides continuing commitment to support high quality education.

So far as Govas is concerned. to make a worthwhile contribution,we need the continued support of all schools and Governors.especially at our Conferences.

We also need new faces on the Management Committee,individuals willing to make a contribution to our work.We also hope that schools/academies that are not members will join Govas (membership is £10)

        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

5 existing members of the Committee had applied for re-election.Andy Kent,

Ian Ritchie, Robert Twigg, Anne Trafford and Jurgen Roling were re-elected.

        9   Change to the Constitution

Date of Annual General Meeting

             The Constitution reads that there shall be an Annual General Meeting each year

             before the end of April.

It was approved that this now read There will be an Annual General Meeting in each school year .Normally this will take place in the summer term.


        10  AOCB          



     11 Date of next AGM

           To be arranged