For new Governors (staff, independent and new governance professionals).
This one-day event has been designed as a chance for new Governors to come together to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the governing body. We will consider the policy landscape, the delineation between governance and management, and consider how best to hit the ground running as an effective Governor.
Using recently developed guidance for new Governors, this event will be delivered as a professional workshop, allowing participants to receive expert information and advice that complements the induction for new Governors provided by their institution. It will offer an overview of the policy landscape and regulatory environment and offer the opportunity to meet and network with other new Governors.
09.30 Arrival: registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE
10.30 Understanding the experiences of students in higher education - Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, Associate Professor of Education, Imperial College London
11.15 Refreshment break
11.30 Decision making and governance in higher education providers - Dr Catherine Baxter, University Secretary, Harper Adams University
12.15 Understanding the Office for Students and HE regulation - Victoria Holbrook, Head of Membership, Advance HE
14.00 Table discussions
14.45 In conversation with Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, Guild HE & Vice-Chair, University College of Osteopathy
15.30 Closing remarks
Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE
Aaron Porter is the associate director (governance) for Advance HE leading on engagement with governing bodies and governance across the UK, including leading reviews of board effectiveness. He has worked with over 75 universities both in the UK and overseas, as well as projects for national governments focused on higher education. Working within a portfolio of roles including as director of insights for the Hotcourses Group and as an external adviser to Civitas Learning. He is a member of the governing council at Goldsmiths, University of London and is chair of the Board of Governance at Nelson College a specialist higher education college in East London.
He was previously served on the council of the University of Leicester, and the boards of a number of Higher Education sector bodies including Higher Education Funding Council for England, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, the Higher Education Academy and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Outside of higher education, he has served on the board of directors for Endsleigh Insurance.
He was previously president of the National Union of Students in 2010-11, during the high profile debate on tuition fees, appearing extensively in the media including BBC Question Time, Newsnight and the Politics Show. He also co-chaired the Beer/Porter Student Charter group which reported to the higher education minister David Willetts in January 2011, and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Online Learning Taskforce and the review of External Examiners chaired by Dame Janet Finch both conducted in 2010-2011.
Outside of higher education he is a school governor in South London, a member of the education committee for the General Chiropractic Council, the members panel for the National Employment and Savings Trust and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is also a qualified football referee and a keen follower of cricket. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to higher education and the student experience.
Head of Membership, Advance HE
Victoria joined Advance HE in February 2019 from the Office for Students and previously HEFCE. As Head of Membership Victoria manages relationships to ensure members are supported fully by Advance HE’s work, enabling them to deliver for their staff and students by understanding their needs. She also leads work to support good governance, bringing expertise and perspectives from her time at HEFCE and OfS, as well as from serving on the Boards of a Multi-Academy Trust (2014-19) and Plymouth Marjon University (2019-present).
University Secretary, Harper Adams University
Catherine was appointed to the role of University Secretary at Harper Adams University in September 2009 having previously worked in senior roles at both pre and post 1992 Universities in England and Wales. She also has experience of setting up an overseas campus.
Catherine’s role at Harper Adams includes being Secretary to the Board of Governors and its committees and Secretary to the HAU Development Trust (a separate charity established to raise scholarship and capital funds). She also manages a range of teams including Estates & Facilities, HR, Legal, Data Protection/FOI; Catering, and Health and Safety.