Shrewsbury School

Guidelines for the appointment and re-appointment of Governors at Shrewsbury School

1.  Chairman

  1. To be appointed from amongst existing Governors unless otherwise agreed.
  2. Appointment for up to three terms of three years with re-appointment to be the subject of performance reviews by the Governing Body six months before the commencement of a new term.  
  3. Previous service as a Co-opted or Appointed Member not to be counted in determining the tenure.
  4. The process for appointing a new Chairman of the Governing Body will involve the full Governing Body.  It will normally be led by the outgoing Chairman. 
  5. The process for re-appointing the existing Chairman will also involve the full Governing Body and will be led by the Deputy Chairman, unless he is an interested party, failing which it will be led by a Governor who is not an interested party appointed jointly by the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman. 

2.  Deputy Chairman

  1. To be appointed from amongst existing Governors unless otherwise agreed.
  2. Appointment for up to three terms of three years with re-appointment to be the subject of performance reviews by the Nominations & Remuneration Committee six months before the commencement of a new term.  
  3. Previous service as a Co-opted or Appointed Member not to be counted in determining the tenure.
  4. The Deputy Chairman will be appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

3.  Appointed Members

  1. The Chairman to maintain relationships with the Appointing Body including consultation on the initial appointment of any new Governor with the Nominations & Remuneration Committee being kept fully informed.
  2. Appointment to be reconfirmed by the Appointing Body after five years on the recommendation of the Governing Body following nomination by the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.
  3. Suggested appointment normally to be two terms of five years each.

4.  Co-opted Members

  1. Appointment to normally be for up to four terms of three years each subject to performance review six months before the start of each new term by the Nominations & Remuneration Committee and recommendation by that Committee.
  2. The Chairman of the Foundation normally to be invited to join the Governing Body.
  3. Any current Governor may recommend to the Chairman of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee the name of a suitable candidate at any time, the recommendation to carry with it the candidate’s cv. 

5.  General Guidelines

  1. Appointments to be made recognising future retirements based on service and age.  A schedule to be prepared each year for review by the Governing Body of the normal retirement date of each Governor based on the guidelines set out in 1 to 4 above.
  2. Appointments to the Governing Body to recognise the need for a blend of skills and for diversity.  In particular appointments should be aimed to achieve an appropriate balance between males and females, Salopians and non Salopians, parents, and prospective Governors with different career backgrounds (eg business, education etc).
  3. The Chairman to be charged with discussing the issue of succession planning with all Governors during the three yearly appraisal process. In particular, he should raise the subject of length of tenure of office with Governors who have attained or will attain the age of 70 by the time of the next review. Any proposal agreed by the Chairman and the individual Governor would require approval by the N&R Committee and the full Governing Body.
  4. Clearly a Governor has the right to retire from the Governing Body at any time.  In order to facilitate succession planning the longest possible notice of intention to retire would obviously be helpful.
  5. If Governors are unable to attend meetings at which important matters are to be discussed and in particular when appointments or re-appointments are to be made to or by the Governing Body, absentees should give their comments before the meeting to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman as appropriate.  Minutes of that meeting will be distributed to all Governors prior to the next meeting.
  6. A Criminal Records Bureau check will be carried out before the appointment of any new Governor is announced publicly.
  7. All Governors are expected to attend at least one of the four full Governing Body meetings in any 12-month period. 
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