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Kim Ansell

She has worked across higher and professional education providing support to groups at all levels including senior leadership teams and Boards, to facilitate change, strategic thinking, planning and performance improvement. Kim has recently led the Advance HE membership themed month on the topic of Transforming Organisations from student to board. 
Advance HE
Job Title
Senior Consultant Governance and Leadership

Kim’s work at Advance HE focusses predominantly on reviewing and helping shape organisations’ future direction, facilitating holistic working, improving stakeholder engagement and embedding new practices. Kim combines strategic insight with a sound understanding of operational excellence.

Recent themed work with HEI’s includes: 

Culture, ethos and holistic working

Within the last two years, Kim has worked with:

  • A culture review with a large University in Scotland.   Work in progress.
  • A research intensive science community at a school at the University of Cambridge, undertaking a root and branch review of culture, decision making and communication.  This was a mixed modes approach including staff survey, observations of internal governance meetings, interviews and focus groups.  This was followed up by a RACI (responsible, accountable, consult, inform) workshop and staff engagement workshops around agentic approaches to implement the wide ranging recommendations.
  • Two schools at Portsmouth University, supporting and facilitating culture change in order to improve working relationships, create agency among teams, collaboration and clarity in strategic implementation. This has also included work around strengths based people development, changing behaviours, transformative conversations, appreciative inquiry, diversity and inclusion.
  • Online workshop/training sessions with team leaders at Limerick University to improve listening, conversations, relationships, and performance.
  • An academic leadership development programme with Roehampton University (2018/19) to improve leadership, connectivity and better conversations/communications cross directorate and faculties.

Kim is also part of the Advance HE team that undertakes governance effectiveness reviews and has been involved in over 10 in the last 3 years, focussing particularly on the interface between the Board and Executive, enablers of good governance, relationships and culture and added value.

Knowledge Hub resources from Kim Ansell


Supporting Inclusive Boards - introductory podcast

02 Feb, 2023

Inclusive institutions enabling and supporting culture change: capstone report

27 Jul, 2022

Wellbeing as a strategic imperative – the management response

27 Jun, 2022

Sustainability for student success

12 Apr, 2022

Tertiary Sector Evolution – envisioning the future and how we get there

28 Mar, 2022

Student Success: Flexible learning part two

25 Feb, 2022

Supporting Inclusive Boards: an introduction to the community

26 Nov, 2021

Turning challenging conversations into transformative ones

21 Oct, 2021

Transforming organisations from student to board: reflective guide

14 Jul, 2021

The governing body role in stakeholder engagement

08 Apr, 2021

Why explore Integrated Thinking and Reporting?

06 Feb, 2018

Do university leaders really understand how they are creating value in their universities?

11 Oct, 2017