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Jacky Taylor, 51, is a co-opted governor at Briset primary in Greenwich, London. A governor for more than three years and now chairwoman, she works as office administrator at the National Literacy Council.

What made you want to be a governor?

I had been active as a parent and a governor in the late 1970s when my sons were small. Working for the National Literacy Council, I felt I would like to put something back and share some of the knowledge I had.

Has the experience fulfiled your expectations?

I have really enjoyed the involvement with school, parents, pupils and staff. We had an inspection last year and I found that a lot more work than I expected.

What dodon't you like?

I don't like the vast amount of reading and paperwork. But it's getting a lot better now you can access it electronically through the Department for Education and Employment website. There is much better training for governors now, at least in Greenwich, which is so important.

Has the experience changed you?

It's given me a lot more confdence.

What is the biggest, best or worst change you've seen?

Responsibilities have increased so much since I was first a governor 20 years ago. The worst change is the school is being closed through reorganisation. We have fought the decision, but sadly, unsuccessfully.

Where does governing fit into your life?

I am allowed quite a lot of time for public duties, but I don't like to take it all, working for a charity. I use my annual leave as well. In the evenings reading takes up quite a bit of time, but I try and get the balance right.

If you could wave a wand, what would you wish for the school?

That it would stay open. Otherwise, more parental involvement in school and the ability to recruit teachers! Adequate resources, too, are essential.

And who or what would you make disappear?

Some of the paperwork.

Who would be your ideal fantasy governor?

We've had a lot of successful involvement with football teams at the school. I'd like a famous footballer who reads a lot.

Janet Prescott


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