Governance Reviews and Evaluation

Evaluation is at the heart of every successful organisation and governance board and that's because reflection and evaluation promote learning, growth, and improvement.  Regular reflection helps governors and boards to be more self-aware, be more critical in their thinking, and achieve their goals.

At Shaping Governance we understand the benefits that regular reflection can bring.  We can help you to evaluate your governance and have three ways that we can support you.  These range from providing tools for you to quickly evaluate your governance at each meeting; our External Reviews of Governance - providing an external view; and our award-winning Shaping Governance Programme, a blend of both - but with added benefits.  Find out more about these different evaluation techniques below.


Taking the time to reflect regularly is all part of good governance. No matter what type of organisation you are, use our top tips to help you become a learning organisation. Purposeful reflection takes practice. The tips are designed to make you think about the importance of regular reflection, understand which 'mirror' to use and how you can make this an active part of your governance.
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Shaping Governance Programme

Our unique Shaping Governance Programme blends the rigour of an external review with built in self-reflection and guidance from our expert facilitators. We help you to explore as a team, key areas of governance and the school, improving knowledge and teamwork, plus you have access to our bank of what works - all for a fraction of the cost of an external review. We also have a 5 star google rating.
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External Reviews of Governance

An external review of governance identifies a board’s strengths and areas for improvement, and provides the steps for you to improve your governance. We are experienced reviewers, and have undertaken reviews for multi academy trusts, single academy trusts, maintained, faith, PRUs, Special and independent school governing boards, as well as other public service boards.
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"Through a rigorous and robust process, with the engagement of governance and senior leaders, Su was able to provide, at school and MAC level, a clear evaluation of how we can enhance performance and improve further.  Su also recognised the distinctive difference of our MAC with a Catholic dimension"

Romero Catholic Academy
'What an amazing addition Su Turner has been to our reflect and review process for school governance She brings a wealth of experience and is a patient facilitator who brings out the very best in our governing body... We start each academic year with our Shaping Governance review.'

Nikki Lawton, Head at Pebble Brook School
"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
"We highly recommend Shaping Governance to other MACs or MATs that are looking to review their governance. It’s a very supportive and productive process. Su is incredibly professional. The process has exceeded our expectations.”

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

"The impact has been phenomenal!"

Here, Andy Moor, CEO of Holy Family Catholic MAT talks about what he likes about Shaping Governance and the value it has brought to his trust and governance.