Governor services

Governor services

Data Controller and Purpose

The information you provide will be used by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Governor Services, to process your application form to become a school governor. The service works with schools to nominate potential governors on the Governing Boards and the participants are Joint Controllers of the data you provide.

We process your data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and if you have any concerns the council’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted on

Condition for processing personal data

It is necessary for us to process your personal data (name, address, contact details), under the GDPR with consent in the first instance and then as a task carried out in the public interest if you become a school governor.

A delay in you providing the information requested may result in a delay in providing appropriate services.

How long do we keep your information?

We will only hold your information for as long as is required by law and to provide you with the necessary services. In the interest of school governance we will not delete record of your term of office as a governor. For further details, you can view our Retention Schedule.

We may also anonymise some personal data you provide to us to ensure that you cannot be identified and use this for statistical analysis of data to allow the council to effectively target and plan the provision of services.

Information sharing

Your personal information may be shared with internal departments or with external partners and agencies involved in delivering services on our behalf. As stated above this will include nominated schools.

The council has a duty to protect public funds and may use personal information and data-matching techniques to detect and prevent fraud, and ensure public money is targeted and spent in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. Information may be shared with internal services and external bodies like the Audit Commission, Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Police. This activity is carried out under social protection law.

We may also to some degree use the data to build a profile for you regarding service provision and priority.

Your rights

You can find out more about your rights on our Data Protection page and this includes details of your rights about automated decisions and how to complain to the Information Commissioner.