I left wondering whether I’d understood the nature of being a governor.
In every other governance roll I’ve been in – councillor, board member of a charity and various professional advisory groups – when you go to a meeting you are there to try to help the paid officers take strategic or practical decisions.
This meeting didn’t make any decisions that I could see* and really we weren’t asked for a great deal of advice – although some was proffered.
I wonder whether this is other people’s experience as governors or whether decisions are reserved for the meetings of the full governing body rather than its sub-committees. I’ll be seeing Dr Sidwell, the Chief Executive of Askes, in a week or two so will ask her, but would be grateful for any feedback from any of you who’ve been governors for longer than me.
* Admittedly I was 10 minutes or so late after some poor planning on my part about getting to Grove Park)