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National Leaders of Governance

NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who support chairs of governors in other schools. Typical activities might include coaching & mentoring, reviewing the responsibilities of the governing body, action planning, supporting academy conversion.

If you would like to contact an NLG please email:

Email: d.struthers@setsa.info


Read more about our current National Leaders of Governance.

Nikki Lamont

Niki lamont photo origI have over 15 years’ governor experience at a variety of schools. After 10 years at Southend High School for Girls where I chaired the Pupil and Curriculum Committee, I joined Milton Hall Primary, stepping up to chair in 2012.  More recently I served on a local secondary school IEB. I have experience of both Converter and Sponsor Academy conversions, and in exploring MAT options.

I am committed to the governor role in raising standards, through establishing effective Head Teacher-Chair working relationships and promoting efficient governor meetings. I am experienced in data analysis and interpretation to inform selection of Pupil Premium and other strategies. I’m passionate about equality of opportunity and narrowing the attainment gap.

Locally, I am a member of the LA’s Success for All Children Board, the Young Carers Development Group and the Children’s University Management Committee. I’m a trustee of the NGA. As a retired hospital doctor, I continue as Chair of Cambridge East NHS Research Ethics Committee. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and spending time with my young grandson.

Robin Marcus

Rma2 cropped origI am a highly qualified Chair of Governors with over 15 years’ experience of governance in a number of schools in Southend on Sea. I have recently been designated a National Leader of Governance (NLG) and am now able to use my skills and experience to support other chairs and governing bodies to improve school governance and performance.

I am the Chair of the Trustees of Legra Academy Trust, an ambitious, bold Multi- Academy Trust (MAT) comprising; Belfairs Academy, Cecil Jones Academy and Darlinghurst Primary School and Nursery. I have also sat on three Interim Executive Boards. I have played an active role in a number of school conversions to academy status and have a thorough knowledge of the conversion process and governance within a MAT. I am a lawyer and have a successful track record in running a number of local businesses. In addition to my role as a Chair of Trustees/Governors, I also volunteer at the Tate Modern and at the Royal Courts of Justice. I live in Westcliff on Sea and have two grown-up children. I look forward to working with Chairs and governing bodies to improve the education of young people regardless of their ability or background.

Linda Robinson

Linda robinson origChair of Governors Primary School & Nursery, Chair of Governors Primary School & Enhanced Provision & Chair of Governors within a Primary MAT. 

In each of these roles, I have applied my negotiation skills and governance experience when working with Maintained Primary schools, Primary MAT’S and Secondary MAT at all levels. This multi partnership working provides me with an extensive knowledge base on the key aspects of governance both within a Primary MAT and a Maintained Primary & Nursery school. Therefore, this enables me to bring to governing boards a wider perspective on the role of governance within both settings and specifically what the governing boards need to consider when working collaboratively, setting strategic direction and considering Academy conversions. Experienced with Primary & Nursery Maintained, Primary & Enhanced Provision MAT and Secondary/Primary MAT.

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