On the board

27th October 2000 at 01:00
CLIVE Boyles is a co-opted governor at Coedcae secondary school in Llanelli, south Wales. He works for Carmarthenshire County Council and has been a governor for eight years, two as chairman.

What made you want to be a governor?

I moved to the area in 1992, after serving as a college governor in Cardiff. I thought it would be a good way of getting to know the community.

Has the experience fulfilled your expectations?

Very much so. The role of governor now is much more interesting than when I joined. We are more involved in the school and feel part of it.

What dodon't you like?

I do like the involvement, being able to work with the staff, the head, fellow governors and pupils. I try to attend as many functions as I can. I don't like not having the finance to do what we used to do or want to do, for example we need a school hall.

What is the biggest, best or worst change you've seen during your time as a governor?

The best is giving governors the ability to make decisions about delegated funds. We can spend thefunds in other places, now, but I think it's also important to understand the local authority repercussions about managing our own budgets totally.

What does your family think of your commitment?

My wife has been very supportive. There's been an element of socialising too, and we enjoy working with the head and the school. I have chaired the finance committee and at present I am involved in interviewing.

Where does governing fit into your life?

I am a governor at a primary school as well, and enjoy both. It's part of my life and I think I will always be a governor somewhere.

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

A hall - concerts take place in the gym at the moment and the acoustics are appalling.

And who or what would you make disappear?

Nothing really, except perhaps the bureaucracy. We have to be careful that we don't draw teachers out of the classroom.

Who would be your ideal

fantasy governor?

Liz Hurley. Everyone would be trying to become a governor then.


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