Drowninginpaper. It seems continually to be an old wives tale that staff should not be on a HT panel and many LA's incorrectly suggest that this should be so. There is nothing in legislation that says staff cannot be on HT recruitment panels. They bring an invaluable contribution to the process. As regards NPQH it was only changed on the 8th February 2012. Presumably if your panel changed the criteria on your person specification for the element to desirable from essential then they must have done this prior to the application pack going live and to respondents. Irrespective of the change of essential NPQH to desirable, it was still up to your panel to have decided what your school needs in a head going forward; you may feel that your school still needed NPQH as essential depending on your circumstances. Further it is not proper to hoist you off the panel simply because of the alteration to NPQH. You will have other candidates and you should also have the input of an LA advisor depending on what type of school you are. I would assume that it was the whole of the governing body who were asked to vote by email phone on the business to remove a governor in this fashion. I would add without being a legal expert that this is a wholly inappropriate way to decide business of this kind and would question its legality. Where was your clerk in all this? I cannot see any pecuniary interest that you would have.