Empowering Effective Governance for Schools, Councils, and Community Organisations since 2017

Shaping Governance is a national governance improvement organisation that has a proven track record for impact with governors and non-executives in Schools, Trusts, Councils and Not-for-Profit organisations

Good governance is a crucial part of the leadership and management of any organisation. At Shaping Governance, we understand the vital role that governors, trustees, and non-executives play in shaping the future of schools, academies, councils, and community organisations; and our support is designed to enable people in these roles to be the best that they can be for the children and communities they serve.

Our website provides you with a window to our support and services.  Click on a sector below to find out more, or contact us.

Schools and Academy Trusts


We support 100s of schools and academy trusts annually to improve their governance. Our work is proven to improve the impact and effectiveness of governance.

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Councils: Governance, Scrutiny and Corporate Parents

Helping councils and councillors to understand the vital role of overview and scrutiny in Children's Services improvement and how to be effective Corporate Parents.

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Public Service Organisations


Helping not-for-profit, charity, health and community organisations to fulfil their objectives,  improve their governance and support their trustees.

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"Su also recognised the distinctive difference of our MAC with a Catholic dimension."

Romero Catholic Academy
"Su’s work on health inequalities nationally led to a re-engineering of how elected councillors can scrutinise policy and practice of the causes of poor health. Her approach and the creation of a new Return on Investment model of scrutiny has received recognition by Secretary of State(s) for health for its uniqueness and creativity"

Jessica Crowe, former CEO CfPS
"Su’s approach is participative and guides Elected Members through what good corporate parenting looks like so that they can benchmark their approach. Elected Members are key to good corporate parenting and they leave the training programme understanding their role as a Corporate Parent and practical ways in which they can carry out the role effectively."

Dr Lee-Anne Farach, Medway Council
"Thank you for speaking at our Leadership Essentials Conference, feedback for your session was positive and sparked discussion in terms of actions that Councillors are taking back to their Councils"

Local Government Association
"Su has an outstanding reputation in governance, health, and education, playing a key strategic role in enabling effective partnerships and positive outcomes for charities and public sector bodies throughout the UK. She is dynamic in her approach, working at the cutting edge of thinking at a regional and national level. Organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors would benefit from her insights and ability to bring people together to improve outcomes for their customers/clients."

Laura Murphy, Mtc2 Ltd