Meet The Team

This is the team behind our Governance Programmes:


Gemma Hargreaves – Professional Learning Business Manager
Gemma has 7 years of experience working in governance, completing the NCTL Clerks’ Development Programme in November 2015.  Gemma has experience of governance in both a primary and secondary setting, within both maintained, academised and within a Multi Academy Trust.    Gemma left the role of Clerk to Trustees for the Marches Academy Trust in September 2017 to take on the new role of Professional Learning Programme Co-ordinator remaining within the Trust, working with Cavelle to deliver both the NPQ and Governor Development licences.  Due to her background in governance, Gemma is enthused to be involved in the delivery of training that supports governance in schools as she understands well how important training is for governors.

Fiona Stagg – Strategic Lead for Governance /Facilitator
Fiona is a national leader of governance and currently chairs two primary schools in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. She is also a trustee of a three-school MAT in Nottinghamshire. She is an experienced clerk and works with a range of primary settings including single academy trusts, local governing boards, special schools, maintained nurseries and multi academy trust boards. An active participant in governor and other leadership networks Fiona is also a WomenEd regional leader for the West Midlands, facilitates both bespoke and commissioned governor and clerk development programmes and regularly publishes a blog from the perspective of the clerk.

Fiona has been a governor for almost 15 years, understands the increasing pressures placed upon governors and trustees and is passionate about ‘sharing and learning’ from each other and bringing system leadership to life.
Fiona also carries out external reviews of governance using the NCTL model and was previously a facilitator for the Edge Hill Governor Training modules.