Name: Janet Heffernan

School: Sir John Barrow Primary

Phase: Nursery + Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: Governor since 2010, Chair since 2012

NLG Experience: Became NLG in October 2017, so still finding my feet. I have had two deployments so far, both supporting chairs to improve governance systems in their schools.



  • Chair mentoring

  • Systems to enable effective and efficient governance

  • Using data effectively for monitoring school performance

  • Stakeholder engagement

  • Sharing resources via cluster working


Name: Diane Robertson

School: Our Lady & St Patrick’s Catholic School

Phase: Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: LA Governor – Our Lady of the Rosary, Kent from 1996-1999; Parent Governor – St Mary & St Joseph Secondary School, Kent from 2004-2005; Foundation Governor/CoG – OLSP 2012 to date; Foundation Governor – St Gregory’s 2016-2017; Foundation Governor – Newman Secondary School, 2017 to date; Co-opted Governor, Netherhall Secondary School, 2016-2017

NLG Experience: NLG since 2016

ERG: Yes


  • Governing Body Health-check

  • Mentoring Chair of Governors

  • Building capacity

  • Capability procedure

  • Staff Investigation


Name: John Moffat

School: Northside Primary School

Phase: Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: Governor since 2005, Chair since 2007. Also a Trustee of a Primary MAT.

NLG Experience: NLG since 2016. Numerous deployments in West Cumbria.

ERG: Yes


  • Health Checks

  • Cluster Working

  • Mentoring Chairs

  • Mentoring Trustees

  • Strategic Planning


Name: Maureen Calnan

School: Dean Gibson Primary

Phase: Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: I have been a governor for 20+ years. The last 10 have been as Chair.

NLG Experience: Mentoring new Chairs, carrying out post Ofsted formal governance reviews as well as assisting schools with governance improvement through informal reviews.



  • An understanding of school management, educational standards/teaching and learning

  • I.E.B experience

  • Collaborative sharing of governance

  • Mentoring

  • Reviews