Last reviewed on 19 February 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 3901

Having a good relationship with your chair is an important part of being an effective governor. If your chair’s behaviour is problematic and you’re struggling to build a good rapport, use some of these tips and tricks to help get things back on track.

Assessing the situation

Before you decide to take any action, take some time to find out how serious the situation is. Start by asking yourself:

  • Is the problematic behaviour constant or is it an isolated problem?
  • Does the behaviour have a major impact on how the board functions?
  • Is the chair behaving intentionally?
  • Do your fellow governors agree that this is a problem?

Where the issue is minor, consider whether the problem warrants any action at all. In cases where the impact is minimal or where the other governors disagree that a problem exists, exercising tolerance might be the wiser choice. In cases like these, taking action might make the relationship worse.

Informal first steps

If the chair's behaviour is actually having a negative effect on the board's function or governors' morale, then consider starting with some informal steps. 

Your first step should be speaking directly with the chair