Skip to main content
GDP: Governance in Wales banner

GDP: Governance in Wales

Our Governance in Wales event reflects the shared identity and diverse needs of the Welsh HE sector and will be of benefit to Chairs, governors and governance professionals.


This event is designed to enable Governors and leaders in Welsh higher education to hear from sector experts. This event offers a unique platform to hear from esteemed sector experts, foster meaningful peer networking, and deeply explore the key issues facing both the sector as a whole and individual institutions.

Through insightful keynote presentations and interactive break-out sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions on pressing concerns, address recent developments, and exchange valuable best practices.

Additionally, this event provides a valuable occasion to examine the impact of policy developments on the distinct features of governance within the Welsh higher education landscape. Explore the evolving nature of higher education regulation and its profound consequences for institutions and their governance frameworks.

This is a one day stand alone event.

Discover GDP: Governance in Wales

30 April 2025
Location: Virtual


Book your place

5% Early Booking Discount available

There is a 5% early booking discount for bookings made before 30 September 2024 on this service. This is in addition to a 25% discount if your organisation is an Advance HE member.

5% Early Booking Discount logo


Who is the event for?

The event is designed to support all Governors, including Student and Staff Governors, board Chairs and those with oversight for governance of HE providers. 



Learning Outcomes

  1. Enhance your understanding of the policy environment governors operate within in Wales. 
  2. Hone your skills to operate as an effective governor (or governance professional). 
  3. Build and strengthen relationships with other governors and governance professionals across Wales. 



Evolving higher education governance brochure

Our new Evolving higher education governance 2023-24 brochure details our support for boards, governance professionals and individual governors. Find out more about our consultancy and enhancement services, the dates for our Governor Development Programme 2023-24 and upcoming exclusive content and projects for Advance HE members.

Discover more
Evolving higher education governance brochure image



The agenda for this conference is still being drafted and will be released in good time before the day of the event. 

While the sessions for this event are not yet confirmed the day is likely to run from 09:30 to 13:00.



Speakers for the event are being approached and will university leaders and regulators, along with senior governance and policy professionals. 

We aim to confirm and publicise speakers as soon as possible and will continuously update this page in the run up to the event. 

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.



This event will be delivered virtually through Zoom, with joining instructions sent out by the governance team two weeks before the day of the event.

Along with the joining instructions and links delegates will receive a copy of the programme, with finalised timings, topics, and speakers.

The event will be delivered as as a series of presentations, discussions and panels, with time after each for questions and comments.

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact the Programmes and Events Team at:



Plan your professional development for 2024-25 using our Development Planner

Whether you are looking to enhance your practice, share insights or identify the next step in your professional development, by answering only a few short questions our new Development Planner will guide you to a range of development opportunities that meet your requirements. Try it today.

Try it today
Development Planner Screen grab 24-25