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GDP: Leading the board – for new and aspiring chairs

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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Leading the board 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.


09.15  Welcome and setting up the day

09.30  The HE policy and finance landscape – a stock take with Q&A

10.15  Comfort break

10.30  Panel discussion: Governing well with and beyond Covid-19 – reflections on board leadership

11.30  Board culture, leadership and accountability- what the theory tells us

12.00 Lunch Break

12:30  Understanding Governing Body Effectiveness in practice

13.00  Breakout sessions  

13.45 Final reflections and 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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