Vice-chair: role and responsibilities

Get to grips with what it means to be a vice-chair with our downloadable role description, and see examples of responsibilities from a school and a local authority.

Last reviewed on 16 January 2024
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  1. The role of the vice-chair
  2. Download our role description
  3. Additional tasks
  4. Be prepared to take on the role

The role of the vice-chair

The vice-chair's role is to:

  • Develop a close working relationship with the chair
  • Support the chair in making sure the board functions effectively
  • Take on responsibilities delegated by the chair

They'll also work together with the chair to:

  • Lead effective governance by:
    • Providing clear direction
    • Making sure all governors understand their part in driving school/trust improvement
  • Build the team by:
    • Recruiting governors with the required skills
    • Providing training to develop skills
    • Delegating responsibilities effectively
  • Develop a relationship with the headteacher/CEO as a critical friend
  • Drive school/trust improvement by making sure:
    • It's the focus of all policies and strategies
    • The work of the board reflects improvement priorities
  • Make sure the board:
    • Fulfils its statutory and regulatory requirements
    • Conducts its business efficiently
    • Ensures the school/trust uses its resources responsibly and effectively

The vice-chair fills in for the chair

Acts as chair for any meeting of the governing board Makes the casting vote when a vote is tied Exercises the