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GDP: Governance in Wales (Online)

County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Networking Event
Start Date
End Date
1/2 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Our Governance in Wales event reflects the shared identity and diverse needs of the Welsh HE sector. The day will provide an opportunity to explore topical features of governance in the Welsh HE landscape, allowing attendees to explore issues and challenges and respond to the latest developments. The event will include keynote presentations and break-out sessions covering a range of areas to allow participants to explore issues of concern and share good practice.

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

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9.30am - Introduction and welcome, Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE and Joni Alexander, Head of Membership (Wales) Advance HE
9.45am - The policy landscape in Wales, David Blaney, Chief Executive, HEFCW
10.30am - Break
10.45am - Panel - Leading and supporting good governance at a time of challenge 

Emyr Roberts, Chair, Aberystwyth University
Val Butterworth, Clerk to the Board, Glyndwr University
Jan Juillerat, Vice Chair, Cardiff University
11.15am - Breakout discussions - reflecting on governance in your institution
11.45am - Break
12.00pm - Equality, diversity and inclusion – board responsibilities and scrutiny from governors as institutions take part in the Race Access and Success Collaborative Project - Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery, Advance HE
12.45pm - Political shifting sands in Wales – Kieron Rees, Head of Policy & External Affairs, Universities Wales 
1.30pm - Wrap up & close


Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive, HEFCW

David was born and raised in Essex, took a first degree in Business Studies, an MBA and a doctorate from Cardiff focusing on the management of higher education. Find out more about David

Dr David Blaney

Val Butterworth MBA, Clerk to the Board  of Governors, Wrexham Glyndŵr University

After starting her career Val spent ten years in the hospitality industry specialising in conference and events management. She moved into Higher Education in 1994 undertaking various roles including as a project officer and administration manager, within the Commercial Services company of University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales).

After relocating to North Wales to be closer to family in 2002,  Val joined Glyndŵr University, formerly NEWI, working in various roles including on the project for the University to gain taught degree awarding powers. She subsequently moving into a governance role as Assistant Clerk before being appointed as Clerk to the Board in 2010.

Val Butterworth

Dr Emyr Roberts, Chair of Council, Aberystwyth University

Emyr was the first Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, leading the transition from the previous three legacy bodies into a single organisation with wide responsibilities to manage the natural resources and environmental of Wales sustainably.

Prior to this, he was a senior civil servant within the Welsh Government, managing a number of portfolios; his last posts were Director General for Local Government and Public Service Delivery, and Director General for Education and Skills.

Emyr became a Fellow of Aberystwyth University in July 2014; he is also Chair of the Chairs of Universities Wales (ChUW) and member of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Working Group.

Dr Emyr Roberts

Jan Juillerat,  Advance HE Associate and Vice Chair, Cardiff University

Jan is a qualified HR and OD executive and an experienced non-executive director. She has served as a charity trustee for national and local organisations and as a lay member and Vice-Chair of a UK university.  She developed her governance practice and expertise in public sector research establishments, in higher education and with small and large charities. 

Find out more about Jan

Jan Juillerat