Guy Blakesley

Guy Blakeley

Contact details: Email:
Mobile: 07870 663977
Location: (City/County) Essex / East of England
Current governance roles:




·         Primary: Chair of Governors,
Grove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh (632 NoR)
·         Member, Grove Wood Primary Academy Trust Board (MAT)
·         Secondary: Chair of Governors,
The FitzWimarc School, Rayleigh (1350 NoR)
·         Member, FitzWimarc School Academy Trust Board(converter academy)
Experience of types of schools:

e.g. primary, secondary, junior, special, faith, academy, MAT, nursery etc.

Infant and Junior (Grant maintained and Foundation)

Primary (Foundation and Academy (MAT))

Secondary (Foundation and Academy)


Other relevant experience:




·         Working on  Temporary Governing Bodies during school amalgamation

·         Designated lead Governor, Safeguarding

·         Sit on all main portfolio groups ((Finance/ Personnel/Premises/Curriculum & Standards) Secondary); (Assets and Standards Committees (Primary))

·         Sit on Staff / Pupil Discipline Appeals Committees

·         Chair steering group for bid submission to establish a 6th form

·         Provided ‘soft skills’ developmental training to my Governing Bodies and to students in secondary around personal awareness, team working, communication, etc

·         Headteacher / Senior Leader comprehensive recruitment campaigns – from initial need identification right through interview / exercise design and scheduling, to interview and feedback

·         Personality profiling for candidates at interview in other schools

·         NCTL External Review of Governance trained

Areas of expertise:







I have been a Governor since 1999, a primary Chair since 2001 and secondary Chair since 2012. I’m a hands on Governor, actively involved in the life and with solid, thriving relationships with the schools’ Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams and staff. I have  extensive experience of all aspects of the day to day life of effective Governing Bodies.
I have solid, successful experience in:
·         Governor recruitment, induction and retention

·         Reviews of Governance

·         Change Management– amalgamating two schools into one; Headteacher recruitment, supporting them and their SLT; restructuring / streamlining Governing Bodies.

·         Working with others to  establish and set school  vision, ethos and direction

From outside of education, I bring knowledge and skills in:
·         Training Needs Analysis;

·         Course design and delivery (trainer training; management development skills;. coaching / mentoring; team building / working; communication / presentation skills; leadership development)

·         1-to-1/ small group interpersonal awareness work / coaching

·         ‘Pure process’ facilitation

·         Personality profiling


Available for:




Y Coaching and mentoring chairs/governing bodies
Y External reviews of Governance
Y Interim Executive Boards (IEBs)
Y Staff disciplinary/pay appeal panels
Y Pupil disciplinary panels