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GDP: Leading the board

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Workshop
Start Date
End Date
4 Hours (excluding breaks)
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Our Leading the Board event is part of the Governor Development Programme (GDP) and is designed to support those who are new to leading, or aspire to lead, a governing body (or committee) of a higher education institution. This event is delivered online with a focus on many of the current challenges of leading a board, including during a time of crisis such as the current COVID 19 situation.

Delivered with the support of the CUC – the membership body for Chairs of higher education institutions -  the event will provide an opportunity to discuss and examine the role of the Chair in leading the board and the importance of creating a boardroom culture which enables effective governance, enabling attendees to develop confidence, skills and knowledge.


Victoria Holbrook, Assistant Director Governance, Advance HE, talks to John Rushforth, Executive Secretary, CUC. In this video John discusses the common issues that new chairs face when they start in post, shares advice on how to create a healthy board culture and provides top tips to help new chairs navigate their role on the board.

Programme Structure

Wednesday 6 April
9:00 Introduction & Welcome (and breakouts)
9:20 Policy keynote
Nick Hillman, HEPI
Dr Alexis Brown, HEPI
10:00 Leading the Board during a period of change - reflections of a panel of departing chairs
Chris Pomfrett, Falmouth University
Anulika Ajufo, UEL
David Gray, Leeds University
11:00 Break
11:15 Moving the dial on academic assurance and student engagement
Ed Marsh, Middlesex SU CEO
Victoria Bennett-Salvador, President BCU SU
Judith Webster, Director of Quality, Imperial
Claire Taylor, DVC, Glyndwr University
12:00 Board effectiveness and equality, diversity & inclusion - the role of the Chair
Victoria Holbrook
12:30 Break
12:45 How might higher education governance need to change over the next decade?
Breakout discussions
13:15 Feedback from breakouts
13:30 Close

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