Dear Stephen, There seems to be some divided opinion as to whether governors, or Chairs of Governors should be part of a recruitment panel for new staff . Clarification would be useful, especially in a Free school where the governors are also the employers. Having had many years of recruitment experience and undergone safer recruitment training, as CoG I've sat on panels in my present school for the last 2 years - with the agreement of the Board. Is it now up to the head teacher to say 'no more governors on interview panels - unless it's for a member of SLT or a new head' - or should this be a decision for the Board. What have other governors been involved with in terms of recruitment?