Earlier this week, SGOSS launched its legal sector digital magazine aimed at raising awareness of the value legal professionals can add as school governors - read it here! Mike Flockhart is a Partner with Herbert Smith Freehills and has been a School Governor for more than 11 years. Here's his story:
"I applied to be a school governor when I first joined the firm 11 years ago...
...I was a trainee solicitor and having just started in the City I also wanted to do something with a more community-focus. The opportunity to become a school governor came up and I thought it was a good thing to be involved in.
When I first became a governor my role simply involved attending the meetings and preparatory meetings, and I did not have an in-depth knowledge of the education sector beyond my own experience. Over time, I gradually acquired more responsibility as I became more familiar with the school and the educational environment. So first I became Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and gradually became Vice-Chair, then Chair of the Governing Body.