Shaping Governance was founded in 2017 by Su Turner, a former National Leader of Governance and Governance Professional.  Since then, it has become a leading provider of governance support, highly regarded for the positive impact of its services. We have a proven track record of improving governance in schools, trusts, councils, and not-for-profit organisations.

Where it all started

Shaping Governance's beginnings grew from Su's experience as a School Governor and Non-Executive Director, as well as from her work for a National Good Governance Charity.
Understanding the significant time and effort governors and non-executives dedicate to their schools and communities, Su wanted to improve their experiences of governing and their impact on outcomes.
Originally a standalone governance evaluation tool, Shaping Governance has evolved into a comprehensive governance improvement provider renowned for its impactful contributions to schools, trusts, councils, and community organisations.
Shaping Governance lies at the heart of all we do!

Grounded in Practice, Driven by Insight 

We believe in a practical and appreciative approach that brings meaningful change. Witnessing the "lightbulb moment" in governors during our sessions fuels our passion. Shaping Governance was founded by our parent company Insight to Impact, a company built on using profound insights to create real impact. Our CEO's extensive experience across various sectors has driven the continuous improvement of governance practices while nurturing a positive and growth-oriented mindset.

"Shaping Governance was the driver to improve the effectiveness of governance."


"Shaping Governance had a massive impact on securing governors' knowledge and the skills needed to challenge school leaders effectively".

Our Mission

Shaping Governance’s mission is to help organisations and decision-makers to achieve their outcomes and improve the lives of children and their communities through strong governance and scrutiny. 

Our Values

Our company's core values are the guiding principles behind our work. They define our culture and influence every aspect of what we do:
Insight: Everyone possesses valuable insights. Our role is to facilitate their discovery and harness their potential to effect positive change.
Involve: Everyone's contribution matters. By adopting inclusive approaches, we ensure that all voices are heard, creating an environment where diverse perspectives thrive.
Inspire: Every individual can inspire others. Through our programs and services, we instil confidence in governors, trustees, and non-executives, empowering them to lead with excellence.
Innovate: We encourage and celebrate innovation at all levels. By embracing creativity, we tap into the collective brilliance of our clients and inspire new ideas and practices.
Integrity: We hold ourselves and those we work with to the highest standards of integrity. Acting ethically is paramount; we actively promote and uphold these principles throughout our engagements.
IMPACT: Every individual can make a meaningful impact. Through our services, we ensure that those in governance roles understand their responsibilities and translate them into tangible impactful results.
"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