Clerk to the Governing Board – HFL Education

Clerk to the Governing Board – HFL Education


Pay is from £120.08 per FGB meeting rising to £188.40 on completion of internal clerk development programme or national clerk accreditation

Date Ending

January 16, 2023

Contract Type: Self-Employed or Variable Hours Contract on Payroll

Hours: Ad Hoc Sessional role

Salary: Clerks are paid per meeting for all duties related to that meeting. Pay is from £120.08 per FGB meeting rising to £188.40 on completion of internal clerk development programme or national clerk accreditation. 

Location: Currently looking for clerks to be deployed in regions of Broxbourne, North Herts and Welwyn Garden City.

Do you have strong administrative skills and a keen eye for detail?

Are you interested in learning about school governance?

Do you like supporting and advising others?

Are you seeking an ad hoc admin role which fits around other work or family commitments?


What is a clerk to governors?

The clerk to governors role is a flexible role, which can fit around other work/family commitments. The role provides an opportunity to support schools from a governance perspective and will increase your skills and knowledge of education legislation.

The role sits within the Governance team, who provide support through a range of services for governors, trustees and clerks.


What tasks does a HFL clerk do?

HFL clerks support schools in line with HFL Clerking terms of service. The main duties are:

  • Assist the governing board in drafting agendas and collating meeting papers
  • Attend the meeting in person and produce clear and effective minutes. The clerk will also need to be flexible to support remotely if requested by the school.
  • Advise the board on constitutional and procedural matters related to the meeting (training, resources and governance helpdesk support provided)
  • Maintain up-to-date membership of the governing board on the GovernorHub platform


Meetings are generally held in the evenings on fixed dates, but preparation and follow up actions will fit in with a clerk’s own availability (in line with HFL’s service expectations). There will also be opportunities to cover additional meetings and support governance panel meetings (after accessing training) for those clerks wishing to further build their knowledge in school governance.


Who are we looking for?

  • Individuals with good administration skills including attention to detail.
  • Experience of taking minutes would be an advantage.
  • Experience in school governance and education is desirable, but full training will be provided.

Currently recruiting for clerks to cover any of the following:

  • Broxbourne, North Herts and Welwyn Garden City
  • Ad hoc cover for governor meetings
  • Experienced clerks to support complaints and governors’ disciplinary committee hearings


Successful candidates will be required to attend an induction into the role via MS Teams.


Please note: The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required.


If you are currently working in this environment, looking for a new challenge, or want an to know more about this opportunity, please contact clerking@hfleducation.org  For further information please read the attached Information Pack.

How to Apply

Ready to apply: Submit your CV along with the supporting form and statement (download in the attached Information and Application Pack), and the equal opportunities form. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

All applicants who meet the pre-requisite requirements will be contacted for a telephone interview.  Please indicate your availability.


Closing Date: Monday 16th January 2023 at midnight

Interviews:  week commencing 23rd January 2023 via Microsoft Teams

Training Date:  Friday 24th February 2023 09:30 – 14:30 via Microsoft Teams

Start Date: ASAP February/March 2023


HFL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HFL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.