A member of a school's governing body who represents the parents of pupils at that school. Parent governors make up 25 per cent of the governing body and are nominated by parents and elected by secret ballot. Once elected, they normally serve for four years, and are offered formal training to support their role and responsibilities. The requirement for schools to have a governing body on which parents have strong representation is set out in the Education Act 1986. A small number of parent governor representatives in each area are elected by fellow governors to work with their local authority to provide parents with a voice in locally made policy decisions.