Keynote Addresses

We are regularly asked to be keynote speakers at governance conferences to talk about our views on embedding the voice of children in governance.

About our keynote addresses

Child-centred governance is hugely important to us.

Su Turner, our CEO, has spent years helping schools and councils to actively listen to the voices of children and young people in their governing conversations.  She provides bespoke solutions, as each board she works with is different; but with the same needs: to listen to children!

At Shaping Governance, we are fans of appreciative approaches to governance.  One element of this is understanding what works well and how this can be grown to be more commonplace. Su said:

"Hearing the voices of children and young people is one of the best ways that governing boards can triangulate the information that they are provided with.  However, my research shows that hearing pupils' voices is an area that many boards struggle with.  How do you know if your school or service performs well for children and young people unless you ask them?"

So, Su has developed ways for governors to root 'voice' in their discussions and decisions and is regularly asked to provide keynote addresses and speaches at leadership and governance conferences.

During Su's keynote addresses, she guides the audience to understand:

  • Why Governance should actively listen to pupils and students;

  • The benefits of active listening;

  • Methods you can use to engage children and young people in meaningful and appreciative ways;

  • Tips on how you can 'positively charge' your governing conversations.

Su is speaking at:

Staffordshire University Academies Trust
Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust Governance Conference

If you, like others, want to hear about the importance of actively using the voices of children and young people in your governance, get in touch.

"Su was instrumental in getting our ILACS (Inspection of Local Authority Services) to good"

Swindon Council

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