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Advance HE Clerks and Secretaries Network Event

Secretaries and Clerks are pivotal to board success. This event provides those new and continuing in the role an opportunity to work together on issues critical for their own professional contribution and that of their governors.


This event is for a nationwide network of governance professionals, where Secretaries, Clerks, and governance staff come together to collaborate, share best practices, and exchange experiences regarding the central challenges they face in their roles and within their respective institutions.

As governing bodies and senior management teams rely on the expertise of professional staff, including Clerks and Secretaries, this event provides a valuable opportunity to collectively address the changes necessary to meet the evolving demands of the operating environment. Attendees will have the chance to explore the shifting policy and regulatory landscape that the sector faces, understanding its implications for the ongoing development of governance professionals' roles and requirements.

Moreover, this event serves as a platform for governance professionals in higher education to gain insights from the approaches and experiences of other institutions. Learn from lessons garnered in various sectors and explore how they can be adapted and applied within the unique context of higher education.

This is a standalone one-day event.

Join us at Advance HE Clerks and Secretaries Network Event

14 May 2025


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Who is the event for?

This event is designed to support and bring together Registrars, Clerks, Secretaries and governance professionals and will be of use to those with experience in university governance along with individuals just starting out on their career. 








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 in-person, 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 a day of presentations, discussions and panels, with ample time given to allow networking and interaction between attendees.

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