Build Your Board

Build your board

Strong and effective governance is one of the cornerstones of outstanding leadership.

School governance has never been more important.

School governance has never been more important and the expectations of those who volunteer for office are high. Strong and effective governance is one of the cornerstones of outstanding leadership.

As an education consultant Charmaine carries out External Reviews of Governance for Leicestershire County Council and knows that for many schools the first sign of serious weakness in governance practice comes as negative feedback from an Ofsted visit. The most common weaknesses found by Ofsted are in Strategic Leadership and Accountability. Governors are expected to be partners in shaping the vision of the organisation and are accountable for holding the Senior leaders of the organisation to account for delivering a strategy driven by that vision.

Invest in your board now, before it becomes a cause for concern. Ensure that your board can bring capacity and energy to your vision of providing a world-class education for the young people and community you serve.

Charmaine can work with your governing body to strengthen leadership capacity and performance. A package specifically designed for you can be created using our online assessment tool based on the Competency Framework for Governance. Typically, this might look like one 3-hour twilight team building session, with additional coaching and training sessions as indicated by the initial enquiry and discovery stage. Sessions can also be arranged for on Saturdays.



Charmaine has equipped me with the tools to maintain the ethical and values-led professionalism that feels authentic to me and I return to these often when I have a situation or decision to wrangle with. I now feel liberated from those negative perceptions and confident to articulate myself and make decisions grounded in the core values.


I started my coaching journey with Charmaine at a time when I was looking to explore my longer term career options but gained so much more. Charmaine created a safe space where I felt comfortable and confident to share my vulnerabilities, aspirations and whole self. This led to transformational change for me personally and professionally. I achieved my longest term goal half way through our coaching, achieved positive financial gains, but most significantly learnt how to set boundaries for myself and others. There has also been humour, fun and shared reflections along the way.


Personable, clear, safe, comfortable environment to explore plans, wishes or desires and created a platform to discuss and gain clarity.

Educational Professional, Nottinghamshire

The quality of the coaching has been wonderful and has helped me to grow in so many ways. I instantly felt that I was able to build a strong and trusting relationship with Charmaine that helped me to realise my goal quickly, productively the coaching has unleashed a confidence from within I didn’t know I had.

Educational Professional, Nottinghamshire

Excellent quality coaching. The coach was both professional and friendly and ensured the session remained focused on my goals.

Educational Professional, Nottinghamshire

Charmaine offers something truly special. She is  incredibly talented, knowledgeable and respectful as a coach. She is easy to relate to and supportive yet committed to providing the required challenge to facilitate personal and team growth. Charmaine has  high standards of integrity and is open and transparent in the way she works.  


It has been incredibly useful to work with Charmaine during a time when the team has really had to take a look at their individual roles and responsibilities. The sessions that have been delivered allowed us to become stronger and have encouraged us to create and share our views on where to take the organisation next. We have been able to do this due to the sensitive and thought provoking activities and sessions and the safe, candid  environment that Charmaine created.  

A. Dhesi

“Charmaine is a truly exceptional coach.”

Jo Elderidge, Deputy Head, The Fernwood School, Nottingham.

“My coaching relationship with Charmaine has been both a revelation and life-changing.  Her effect on my life, both at work and at home, has been considerable and lasting. I highly recommend her as a coach.”

Teacher, Fernwood School, Nottingham, March 2016

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