Tussle for governor precedence

THE two organisations representing the country's 360,000 governors are at loggerheads over funding and "poaching" of members.

The National Association of Governors and Managers has told ministers it wants a parliamentary or Audit Commission investigation into government funding of the National Governors' Council.

NAGM chairwoman Jane Phillips said the cash - in excess of pound;1 million - gives NGC an unfair advantage.

NAGM has also started accepting local authority governor associations as members: 95 are currently NGC members.

Chris Gale, NGC's chairwoman, said: "If NAGM wants to compete for our members, fine. We think more money should be put in governors' budgets so they can choose which organisation they want to represent them."

A Department for Education and Skills spokesman said: "There is room for two representative bodies for governors."

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