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GDP: Clerks and Secretaries Network Event

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Networking Events
Start Date
End Date
One day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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For Registrars, Clerks, Secretaries and governance professionals.

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.

Governing bodies and senior management teams depend on professional staff, including Clerks and Secretaries to manage the changes required to meet the needs of an evolving operating environment. The meeting of the national network of governance professionals brings together these individuals, who are often expected to inform and advise governing bodies on changes affecting their roles and responsibilities.

This annual networking event is organised in partnership with the  Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA). The event will consist of presentations from leading figures in governance and breakout sessions which are designed to enable discussion and the sharing of emerging practice on key areas of change in institutional governance.

The event will also explore a range of other topics such as:
•    Issues of higher education governance that have emerged over the last 12 months and remain challenging, and scenarios for the future shape of the higher education sector.
•    Lessons to be learned from what has happened in governance in other sectors over the last year. 
•    Lessons from effectiveness reviews.
•    Approaches to supporting the induction and professional development of governing body members.
•    Keeping abreast of new developments and responsibilities for governing bodies (including academic governance)
•    Managing relationships, both on the governing body and in the institution.



09.30   Arrival: registration and refreshments

10.00   Welcome and introductions, Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE

10.15   The regulatory framework, registration & ongoing provider engagement, TBC, Office for Students

11.00   The composition of governing bodies - a changing skills mix, Alison Wheaton, Associate, Advance HE & PhD candidate in higher education governance, UCL Institute of Education

11.45   Refreshment break

12.00   Data for governing bodies, Alison Allden, Governor, Northumbria University & Trustee, Regents University & Former CEO, Higher Education Statistics Agency  

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Views from governance professionals in HE

14.45   Views on governance from HE and beyond, Professor Andrew Kakabadze, Professor in Corporate Governance, Cranfield University Business School

15.30   Closing remarks

If you would like to find out more about our other governance events, please visit our Governance Development Programme page.

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