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GDP: Leading the Board for new and aspiring chairs

Supporting those who are new to leading, or aspire to lead, governance in higher education.

Leading the board is designed to support those who are new to leading, or aspire to lead, a governing body (or committee) of a higher education institution. This event is delivered online with a focus on many of the current challenges of leading a board, including during a time of crisis.

Delivered with the support of the CUC – the membership body for Chairs of higher education institutions -  the event will provide an opportunity to discuss and examine the role of the Chair in leading the board and the importance of creating a boardroom culture which enables effective governance, enabling attendees to develop confidence, skills and knowledge.

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Our next Leading the Board event is taking place online: 
6 April 2022


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Who is the event for?

This online event is designed to support those who lead, or aspire to lead, a governing body. The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the governing body or sub-committee and ensuring it operates effectively and efficiently. Those who take on the responsibility play a central role in establishing the culture by which the governing body operates and the extent to which openness and debate at its meetings is encouraged.

Experienced governor/chair


Victoria Holbrook, Assistant Director Governance, Advance HE, talks to John Rushforth, Executive Secretary, CUC. In this video John discusses the common issues that new chairs face when they start in post and shares advice on how to create a healthy board culture.


The event will explore:

  • The role of the chair in leading the board.
  • The culture of the boardroom and how to encourage openness and debate.
  • How to encourage and manage the participation of all governors.
  • The importance of balancing the agenda and ensuring governors receive adequate and timely information to inform their decision-making.



  • Managing relationships with the head of institution, deputy/vice-chair, committee chairs, governors and clerk or secretary.
  • Recruiting a head of institution and new governors.
  • Appraising governors.
  • Dealing with difficult issues.
  • How you know if the governing body is effective.
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Watch the video, Governor Dialogues – Board Culture and Governance

This film explores a number of key elements that help make a board effective as well as exploring how boards create a culture that facilitates good governance, creates healthy debate and fosters diversity of thought.

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