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GDP: Leading the Board

GDP: Leading the Board

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

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.

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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 with a focus on many of the current challenges of leading a board, including during a time of crisis, and will enable attendees to develop their confidence, skills and knowledge.

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 boardroom culture and practice that enables effective governance and oversight.  

This is a 1 day standalone event. 



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.

Join us at GDP: Leading the Board

28 February 2024
Location: Virtual


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The agenda for this conference is still being drafted and will be released in good time before 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 and presenter for the event are being approached and will include those with expertise and experience of the challenges faced by Board chairs and members.

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




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:



Related content


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.

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.