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GDP: Leading the Board

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Networking Events
Start Date
End Date
4 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From

COVID-19 update

This event will now be delivered online and is open for bookings. When you book this online event you can also invite two of your colleagues to attend for free. Just email with the names, email addresses and job titles of the two colleagues you would like to invite to join you at the event.

For Chairs, sub-committee Chairs and aspiring Chairs.

This online event is designed to support those who lead, or aspire to lead, a governing body. The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the governing body or sub-committee and ensuring it operates effectively and efficiently. Those who take on the responsibility play a central role in establishing the culture by which the governing body operates and the extent to which openness and debate at its meetings is encouraged.

Delivered with the support of the CUC, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss and examine the role of the Chair in leading the board and deliberate the importance of creating a boardroom culture that allows openness and debate. It will also focus on the leadership of the board as a key determinate of governing body effectiveness.

The event will explore:
•    The role of the chair in leading the board.
•    The culture of the boardroom and how to encourage openness and debate.
•    How to encourage and manage the participation of all governors.
•    The importance of balancing the agenda and ensuring governors receive adequate and timely information to inform their decision-making.
•    Managing relationships with the head of institution, deputy/vice-chair, committee chairs, governors and clerk or secretary.
•    Recruiting a head of institution and new governors.
•    Appraising governors.
•    Dealing with difficult issues.
•    How you know if the governing body is effective.

Experienced governor/chair


10.00am - Welcome and setting up the day

Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE & Chair, BPP University & Governor, Goldsmiths University of London

10.15am - Leading the Board in choppy times reflections from an outgoing chair

Chris Sayers, Chair of Northumbria University & Chair of the Committee of University Chairs

11.00am - Mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion on the governing body

Monica Chadha, Vice Chair, Queen Mary University of London

Paul Cleal, Vice Chair, Kingston University

11.45am - Tea and coffee break (in your kitchen)

12pm - PANEL: Is the model for HE governance still fit for purpose?

Dame Margaret Hodge, Chair of Council, Royal Holloway University of London

Paul Greatrix, Registrar and Secretary, University of Nottingham

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, Sussex University

Justine Andrew, Market Director Education, KPMG & Governor, Leeds Trinity University

12.50pm - Understanding Governing Body Effectiveness

Alison Wheaton, PhD candidate in university governance, IoE University College London and Associate, Advance HE

13.30pm - Final thoughts and conclusion

Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

13.45pm - Close

Governance Brochure

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

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