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Work through this step-by-step process to recruit new governors or trustees. It covers identifying your needs, advertising the role, screening candidates and making the appointment.

We used the Governance Handbook, and advice from governor recruitment charity Governors for Schools and our governance expert Matt Miller, to write this article. 

Conduct a skills audit to identify your board's needs

The first step when recruiting new governors or trustees is to identify what skills and experience your board needs from a new member to be effective. 

Use our skills audit to do this. It's based on the Department for Education's competency framework. 

If any third party organisations are helping you recruit new governors or trustees, share your skills audit with them.

Clarify roles in the recruitment process

The whole governing board can be involved in recruitment.

While processes vary between schools, headteachers are usually more involved in filling parent and staff governor vacancies, due to their existing relationship with the staff and their connections in the community. Chairs tend to lead on co-opted governor vacancies, and recruiting for specific skills gaps on the governing board. 

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