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.  



This years conference took take place virtually on the 25th of March 2023 - platform Microsoft Teams


Keynote speakers:

Tim Bowman Director of Stockport Education

Young Carers speaker - Katy Frankland & colleague from Signpost for Carers

Poverty Proofing speaker - Nicki White Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary


Conference Agenda

09.00     Registration

09.15     Welcome

09.20     Tim Bowman Stockport Director of Education

09.50     Young Carers in Schools

10.15     Workshops session 1

11.00     coffee/break - boil the kettle in advance

11.15     Workshops session 2

12.00     Key note speaker on Poverty Proofing -Nikki White

13.00     Close


There were 6 virtual workshop available over 2 sessions

  1. Safeguarding - led by Julia Storey, Senior Adviser Safeguarding Children in Education
  2. Finance - led by Peter Hughes CSS Finance Manager
  3. Impact of austerity on SEND - led by Tom Gadsby Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary & Rob Rogers Senior School Improvement Adviser Secondary
  4. Succession planning and recruitment for your board - led by Janet Myers, NGA Regional Lead(North West), NGA Consultant, National Leader of Governance.   
  5. Diversity are we making progress - led by Nicole Hand Ethnic Diversity Head of Service & Pam Dunham Head of Governor Services
  6. Staff wellbeing - led by Tracey Higgins, Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary and Tanya Cross, Health and Wellbeing School Coordinator