National Leaders of Governance Advocates

As of 1st September 2017, the management of National Leaders of Governance was devolved to the Teaching Schools Council, South West. We now operate through four sub regional NLG Advocates who work alongside Regional Teaching School Links (RTSLs) as brokers of support for governance, with the added brief of raising the profile of the work of NLGs across the region. Their work is co-ordinated by Julia Steward, the Project Manager, based in Taunton. Julia reports to Tony Bloxham (RTSL for Sub Region A), who has overall responsibility for the service on behalf of TSC SW.

Advocates share a belief in the crucial role effective governance plays in securing the best for every pupil and a determination to build on good practice and raise the standard of governance in South West schools. They work with subregional teams of NLGs, each of whom has been through a national designation programme, and has undertaken to offer at least five days of free support to governors in the region. Advocates want to provide the very best support, and have a role in ensuring the quality of the work of those they recommend. If you have a challenge as a governor, or simply want to ensure you are working as effectively as you could be, do make contact with your regional advocate to find out how we might be able to help. NLGs can provide ongoing coaching and mentoring which may be especially helpful if you are new to a chair’s role; equally they will happily respond to an email or telephone call to discuss a single concern. Many NLGs are trained to undertake external reviews of governance (which – unlike the coaching – may incur a cost).

If you require the support of a National Leader of Governance, or indeed, if you are interest in offering your services to support other governors, do please get in touch with our local advocate in the first instance.


TSC SW Sub Region A: Bath, Bristol, NE Somerset, N Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire


Geoff Mountjoy (Email:

Geoff Mountjoy

I am excited to have been appointed as National Leader of Governance for Sub Region A. There are 16 NLGs to cover this large part of the region with a range of school experience and we intend to work as a team to provide the best level of support possible.

My work as Regional Director of Legal Aid and Board Member for a Housing Association has placed a personal emphasis on promoting social inclusion. I believe strongly in the power of NLGs to support governing bodies and their schools to provide pupils with the opportunity to fulfil their potential in society. Having made a career change, I have spent the past four years as a Business Manager in two Bristol schools.


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