Purple Governance is the trading name for Jane Owens, a National Leader of Governance (NLG) based in Wirral. Jane is the sole director.
Jane is a highly experienced governor and the Chair of Governors at one local Primary School and the Chair of Governors at a Secondary School that is an academy and a teaching school. She is also chair of the board of a newly formed Wirral based Multi Academy Trust. Jane has been chairing,at the request of the Local Authority, an IEB (Interim Executive Board) at an SEMH Special School. The IEB ended in June but Jane remains as chair on the board. Jane has recently joined the governing board at an Academy in Liverpool having supported the chair for a period of time.
Jane was delighted to be appointed as one of the first cohort of governors appointed National Leaders of Governance in 2012 and she was redesignated in 2014. In this capacity she helped support the National College of Teaching and Leadership to develop the External Reviews of Governance (ERG) process which was in response to the drive towards more effective governance.
As an NLG Jane also supports and mentors local and national Chairs of Governors (referred to as ‘deployments’). There is no cost to a Chair for this support.
Jane works locally and nationally completing External Reviews of Governance, Health Checks and Performance and Impact Reviews and holds the firm belief that strong effective governance improves the quality of experience and education that all children deserve regardless of their starting point. ERGs and Health Checks have been successfully completed across the Primary, Secondary and Special School sectors including Multi Academy Trusts.
Jane chaired a Statement of Action Committee, similar to an Interim Executive Board, for 12 months for a school within a Multi-Academy Trust. Jane has recently worked with a national Multi-Academy Trust as they developed their governance structures.
She also worked as a consultant for 12 months during the trial period when the National Governors’ Association were developing their training and consultancy service and also acts as a telephone consultant for The Key for School Governors and The Key for School Leaders.
Jane is also mentoring several chairs of governors across the North and Midlands as they complete an accredited training programme.
Lately, Jane has been developing her training packages from formal training sessions for groups of governors through to more informal ‘conversations with’ governors which can help inform their future development needs. She encourages governor colleagues to view ‘training on governance’ as their own continuing professional development and, occasionally, assists the Local Authority with locality governor training.
Jane has recently ‘retired’ from the role of chair of Wirral Governors’ Forum but continues to freely support headteachers, governors and clerks, locally and nationally, on request.
Jane is currently a trustee of a local charity (Viking Centre and Youth Club Limited) in Birkenhead. She is also chair of the board at Edsential (www.edsential.com), a community interest company formed between Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester councils.
Jane is an affiliate member of the ICSA – The Governance Institute and a member of NASEN which promotes the advancement and development of all individuals with SEN or ALN and has recently been asked to join one of their advisory groups. Jane is a personal member, and a member through her schools, of the National Governance Association. Jane is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Professional Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Jane works with a variety of governor colleagues (associates) and can call on their expertise if she is unable to assist you personally.
Jane is an avid user of social media, has a closed Facebook group for chairs, headteachers and clerks which aims to support colleagues and encourage debate and she shares information from conferences she attends via her @GovPurple Twitter account and her governor Twitter account @WirralGov. Jane also has a profile on Linkedin.
Jane has an Enhanced DBS certificate and has a current Safer Recruitment training certificate. She has recently updated her Safeguarding Training and has an updated Enhanced DBS. Jane completes many online training courses to ensure that she remains up to date with governance requirements.
Jane has recently completed a Trustee Leadership Programme.
Jane is delighted to have received an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2016 for ‘services to education in Wirral’.
Jane has also been nominated for the Wirral Award 2018. Jane will received this prestigious civic award from the Mayor at a ceremony in March 2019. The award is for Jane’s voluntary involvement with schools and education in Wirral.
Do get in touch with Jane if you would like to have a conversation about governance in your school/s.
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