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About us

The Governance Academy by Facere-Melius has been developed after years of expertise undertaking independent investigations in the public sector.

We provide high quality, CPD accredited governance training and thought leadership for health and social care professionals. 


Meet our Trainers

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Howard Scott

Howard has worked in the NHS for over thirty-four years. A former nurse, he is a leader with extensive experience of working at ward, directorate, divisional, trust, regional and national levels in clinical and managerial posts.


He has wide-ranging experience in governance, risk and change management, including quality and safety systems and processes.


He has worked within and across the NHS, local authority social services, and the Audit Commission, and has been the lead director for quality and governance at numerous organisations.


Howard has led many independent and serious incident investigations. He has worked with Facere Melius on the following assignments:


  • ​delivering RCA training

  • an independent investigation into multiple adult deaths

  • safety and well-led improvement at an NHS foundation trust

  • improvement and development of risk management systems at several NHS hospital and foundation trusts, and at a partnership trust Howard will lead and support many of the workshops, and coordinate the operational and logistical requirements.



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Simon is a retired lecturer, with experience in further and higher education. Simon read English at the University of Bristol and was awarded his PhD in medieval English studies at



He has taught English (including linguistics) at tertiary and degree level for many years. Simon has published several academic works, as well as prose fiction and a literary/linguistic blog.


He is a director of a company specialising in conducting independent investigations,

providing quality assurance and text editing in the delivery of reports and official documents.


He has particular expertise in ensuring that written documents for public consumption are both factually accurate and clearly expressed. Simon has worked with Facere Melius as an

associate editor on the following assignments:

  • an independent investigation into a paediatric death

  • governance reviews

  • serious incident investigation reports

  • an independent investigation into multiple adult deaths


Simon will deliver our report writing workshop, and will be responsible for quality assuring the delivery of the programme.

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