The common theme emerging from newly appointed chairs was how to challenge entrenched bad practice. One participant said his first sight of the agenda was when the clerk sent it to him through the post. Another revealed that her headteacher's report was delivered verbally and at great length at the governors' meeting.
Others complained of lack of participation from fellow governors. Chairs who were doubling as link governors and chairs of finance or personnel committees naturally wished to share the load. We suggested skills audits and training courses to empower others - perhaps they are just shy?
My colleagues left determined to confront controlling heads and idle governors. It's easy to be brave in a crowd. I hope they see it through.