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.  


The annual Stockport Governor Conference will take place on the 17th March

Agenda on the Day, approx 0900-1300hrs

  1. Welcome from GOVAS 
  2. Update from Phil Beswick SMBC
  3. 60 minute workshops
  4. Brunch
  5. Key note speech- Emma Knights -see below
  6. Q & A

Key note speaker will be Emma Knights, OBE, Chief Executive of the NGA (National Governors Assiciation)

"Emma Knights, OBE, is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the NGA’s Chair’s Handbook.

Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years and is a founding trustee of the Foundation for Leadership in Education.

Emma was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for services to education."