About Governors Wales

Established in 1995, Governors Wales is the voice of governors of schools in Wales. Governors Wales is committed to promoting and developing high quality school governance in Wales.

The work of Governors Wales recognises that governors voluntarily give their time, experience and expertise to help their schools and the communities they serve.

We share with parents, teachers, young people and the local community the passion to support schools to provide the best possible learning experience for all.

Governors Wales recognises that governors are accountable for the conduct and standards of schools in Wales. Governors Wales aims to be a support for governors and an advocate for their concerns and interests. We represent the view of governors on all matters affecting schools and help them to govern their schools effectively.

Governors Wales provides the following services to assist you in your role of governor:


Our telephone helpline can be used to talk through issues about the governance of schools. An experienced person will take your call and discuss your concerns on a confidential basis. Use the helpline if you need an independent source of information, advice and guidance and a sympathetic but objective ear.

Governors Wales helpline telephone 029 2054 1568 or email helpline@governorswales.org.uk. All calls are charged at the local rate

The helpline is available from 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. during weekdays, excluding public and bank holidays.

A bilingual service is available.

Published Guidance

The Governors Wales Handbook provides both recently-appointed and more experienced governors of schools with a useful guide to their duties and responsibilities and practical tips and examples of good governing body practice. We also produce guidance documents for school governors, all of which can be accessed in the publication section of this website.

General publications
Fact Files
Governor Guides

Help for Local Associations

Local Associations of governors exist in most education areas in Wales. They enable local discussion about schools and their governance whether the issues are local or national. It is as a result of local debate conducted in Local Associations throughout Wales that Governors Wales is able to influence the way governing bodies go about their work. Additional information can also be found in the local association section of the website.