Emma Knights took up the role of Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association in January 2010. The NGA is the representative organisation for school governors and trustees from maintained schools and academies in England. The NGA seeks to influence policy at national level and provides independent information and support to governing boards in order to improve educational standards for children and young people.
Before joining the NGA, Emma was joint Chief Executive of the Daycare Trust, a policy and information charity working on early education and childcare for school-age children. Emma has held a number of roles in the third sector, particularly in the advice sector, including at Child Poverty Action Group and Citizens’ Advice. She has also previously worked for the Legal Services Commission and the Local Government Association, leading projects on performance management, child poverty and educational attainment. She has written on a wide range of topics, from child support to the costs of early education. Emma is vice-chair of governors at her children’s secondary school in Warwickshire.
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