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Description: AGBIS
registered charity no. 1108756
The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) supports and advises governing bodies of schools in the independent sector on all aspects of governance.
The charitable objects of AGBIS are the advancement of education and the promotion of good governance in independent schools.
AGBIS offers a number of services* to their members including:
• Training seminars and webinars for new and experienced governors, webinars on a variety of topics, and free eLearning courses on safeguarding and for new governors.
• An advisory service on all aspects of governing schools via telephone, email and the website.
• ‘Guidelines for Governors’ a manual of good practice.
• Annual survey of salaries and benefits of heads and bursars.
• eNewsletters to keep governors informed on current topics of interest and/or concern.
• Bespoke on-site and virtual training for governing bodies, leading governors' strategy days and reviews of governance for schools.
• Annual conference and AGM for representatives of member schools.
• Support for governor recruitment including: a list of potential new governors; an online Vacancies Board where members can advertise their governor vacancies; and a member discount on support from leading board-level search specialists.
*Some of the AGBIS services are offered for a fee.
AGBIS is a registered charity (No 1108756) and company (No 0521716) limited by guarantee governed by a Board which meets at least once every school term. Board members are nominated by school governing bodies and serve initially for a three year period. The Board is advised by three committees: Training and Membership, Nominations and Governance and Finance.
The AGBIS Board includes three honorary officers:
Chair: Mark Taylor (Tring Park School for the Performing Arts)
Deputy Chair: Mike Gregson (The Edinburgh Academy Foundation)
Treasurer: Sarah Phillips (King Alfred School)
Chief Executive: Richard Harman
Director of Training & Membership (Deputy CEO): Cheryl Connelly
Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools
The Grange, 3 Codicote Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 9LY
Tel: 01438 840730 • email:
Twitter: @AGBIS2 • LinkedIn: /company/agbis