On the board

Norma White, 65, is chair of governors at Hindpool nursery, and governor at Greengate junior school, both in Barrow, Cumbria. A trained teacher, she works as an educational consultant.

What made you want to be a governor?

I was asked! I was happy to use my expertise. Working with training governors, it seemed a good idea to have hands-on experience.

Has the experience fulfilled your expectations?

Yes. It's marvellous how many skills and talents a wide group of governors can bring to a school.

What dodon't you like?

It is demanding and time consuming. But there are exciting developments: our school is going to be part of the neighbourhood nursery initiative, which is going to take a lot of hard work.

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

The most exciting thing is that we now have more committed governors coming forward.

What does your family think of your commitment?

My husband gave us expert advice in drawing up plans for development and I realised life would be simpler if he became a governor as well. So he did. It works, and I try to behave myself at meetings.

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

A better balance between standards and the true nature of education, and not have to worry about one or two percentage points. I'm all in favour of knowing children are progressing but the whole thing has gone bananas and teachers are overburdened.

And who or what would you make disappear?

The chaotic system of funding.

Who would be your fantasy governor?

Mary Robinson, ex-president of Ireland, she's such a good leader and team player.

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