With more than 20 years' experience at VWV advising independent schools and charities on their governance, constitutional review, strategic projects and charity law, Barney is ideally placed to assist you and your school. He has developed a special interest and expertise in advising schools on strategy and structural change including charity mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations.
Barney is part of our Coronavirus Response team and provides specialist support to independent schools and charities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Barney understands the governors' perspective in challenging situations, having been a governor of three schools. He can guide you through the traps and pitfalls and give you the confidence needed to deal with challenging situations and to take difficult decisions in the best interests of your school.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 both recommend Barney as a key individual within the 'very commercial' team who is 'highly esteemed for his charity expertise'. The directories quote clients who say that he is 'a genuine strategic thinker' who is 'able to prioritise and highlight what is high-risk on matters' and who 'offers calm, practical advice at times when everyone is under immense pressure' and is 'technically very capable and an excellent presence in meetings'.
"Barney Northover’s understanding of the sector and particularly of charitable schools is second to none." - Legal 500
Barney is a regular speaker at national education conferences and has written for numerous publications on good governance and managing strategic change. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and sits on working parties, including on public benefit for education charities.
He enjoys spending time with his young family.