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Clare Collins MBE

Clare Collins MBE

Head of Consultancy,
National Governance Association (NGA)

Clare leads and manages NGA’s consultancy service which undertakes external reviews of governance for all types of schools and academy trusts including MATs, as well as providing specialised consultancy support and bespoke support, training and development for MATs. Clare works alongside NGA’s Head of Training Development recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants, developing the training offer, and ensuring effective delivery. Clare also contributes to NGA publications, speaks at events and represents NGA. Clare’s background is in governance and trusteeship. She has chaired the governing board in a number of schools in different phases and in varying stages of their development. Clare has also chaired her local authority Schools Forum, and her trustee experience includes chairing the NGA trust board from 2008-2011.

  • Aligning the financial strategy with the educational vision in a changing and challenging context
  • Ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities – who does what, and when, and how
  • Being accountable and the pressures on those who must ensure compliance and those who must provide the assurance
  • The challenges of efficiency and the emergence of approaches which are making a difference to the bottom line
  • The need for ethical leadership and governance and the knowledge and skills effective trusts demonstrate when managing their finances