A warm welcome to COGNUS

Cognus Governor Services

As from 1 April 2019, COGNUS, in conjunction with Merton LA Governor Services is pleased to be providing Surrey County Council’s statutory responsibilities in relation to school governance. This includes the maintenance of a database of governor records, the nomination of LA governors, producing Instruments of Government, Chairs of Governors’ briefings, deployment of Advanced Skills Governors (ASG’s) and providing advice. The team is led by June Crame, Governor Services Manager who has successfully managed the provision of a comprehensive support and training service to Merton and Sutton LA’s and their governors and clerks for many years. Should you wish to contact Cognus Governor Services for advice please Telephone: 020 8323 0450 or Email: governorservices@cognus.org.uk We look forward to working with Surrey governors in the future.

Chairs’ Briefings

Chairs of Governors are advised that Surrey County Council and Cognus Governor Services are taking the opportunity to review how to best engage with Chairs of Governors and the most effective way to do this, including, reviewing the format of Chairs’ Briefings. Therefore, there will not be a Chairs’ Briefing in the summer term. We will, however, be in touch with Chairs of Governors by email with further updates. If you have any thoughts or ideas do let us know.

Governors’ Database

As part of the contract with Surrey County Council, Cognus are maintaining a database of governors’ records. Please arrange for Cognus Governor Services to be notified of any changes in membership or governor contact details by emailing governorservices@cognus.org.uk.

LA Governor Nominations

As you will be aware, the LA is responsible for formally nominating LA governors based on their skills and experience to contribute to effective governance. The next meeting of the Governor Nomination Panel will be held on Monday 24 June 2019.

Please notify governorservices@cognus.org.uk of any changes in your LA governor membership, skills required in a new candidate and whether the governing body has a preferred candidate.

Any applications for consideration by the Governor Nomination Panel should be submitted to governorservices@cognus.org.uk by Thursday 13 June 2019.