This workshop will bring together those within the governance community and executive leads with oversight for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to discuss and debate how to mainstream EDI at a strategic level for the benefit of the organisation and its stakeholders, particularly students and staff.
This event is aimed at Chairs and their Deputies, Governors, and EDI Executives.
This workshop builds on Advance HE’s work to support and promote diversity at all levels of leadership and governance within HEIs. It will explore the key areas that chairs, governors and governance professionals need to engage with to ensure that EDI is at the heart of institutional strategy and that executive teams are accountable for promoting and supporting a diverse student and staff population and an organisational culture that embraces EDI values.
The session will be facilitated by those with knowledge and understanding of the relevant issues and experience of working with senior teams and governing bodies.
The draft programme for the event is now available.
09.30 Arrival: Registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introductions
Monica Chadha, Vice Chair, Queen Mary University of London
10.15 Panel Discussion: What is the challenge in EDI for HE institutions
David Bass, Assistant Director, Membership (Scotland, Wales, Ireland), Advance HE
Monica Chadha, Vice Chair, Queen Mary University of London
Chris Bernard, Governor, University of Westminster
11.15 Refreshment break
11.45 Policy into practice: Access and participation – the challenge for Governors
Nicola Turner, Head of Sector Practice, Office for Students
12.45 Closing comments
If you would like to attend GDP: Mainstreaming EDI: The role of the governing body, or would like to book a place for someone else, please select “book now”.
You'll be asked to log into MyLF using your MyLF identity. Once you're logged in MyLF will allow you to book yourself or select other delegates via a simple search option or add new delegates as required.
Governance Team; T: +44 (0) 3332 001 140
Vice Chair, Queen Mary University of London
Monica has broad and extensive experience in both executive and non-executive roles across the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) space. She secured her first non-executive role at the age of 24 at the British Video Association, and her first executive role as Production Director at Prism Leisure Corporation Plc aged 25. Previously she was Chairman of the British Board of Film Classification Advisory Group; a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Digital Communications Board; Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness; and Non-Executive Director at Voddess Portal Ltd. Her last executive position was as CEO of MyMovies.Net Ltd, a UK market-leading service delivery company that aggregated, curated and monetised content for retail, internet service providers and mobile networks.
Currently, Monica is a Non-Executive Director of Obviously Creative Ltd; Vice Chair of Queen Mary University of London where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee; Chair of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Board; Chair of the European Women’s Leadership Programme in Cinema; and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for AI.
Monica runs her own consultancy and is an Ashridge-trained Executive Coach. She is an alumna of the Deloitte Women on Boards Programme, and the BAME on Boards Programme – both by invitation and aimed at senior executives considering a NED position at a UK listed company. She was appointed an ambassador for Women on Boards in 2018, and a ‘Super NED’ by FDS Director Services and the University of Salford in the same year.
Nicola Turner MBE
Head of Sector Practice, Office for Students
As Head of Sector Practice, Nicola’s role is to accelerate the closing of gaps in access and participation by promoting and encouraging effective practice.
Previously, as national lead for skills policy in the higher education sector, she worked extensively on technical education and apprenticeship reform in order to improve choice for students. She produced two independent reviews into employability (Shadbolt and Wakeham, 2016), established the £10m Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, launched a £20m Institute of Coding and will soon be announcing winners of bids to the Local Grads competition.
Before joining HEFCE, Nicola spent 12 years at Aston University in Birmingham as Director of Employability and before that she worked in graduate recruitment. In 2015 Nicola received an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education. She is also a Governor at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Chris Bernard LL.B (Hons) MBA
Partner, Regulation and Professional Standards Practice, GatenbySanderson
Chris Bernard is a Partner in the Regulation and Professional Standards Practice in UK’s leading public sector and Not for Profit Executive Search firm, GatenbySanderson, Chris has over the last 25 years held senior and client facing positions in executive permanent and interim leadership hiring. She also chairs GatenbySanderson’s EDI Working Group. Chris joined the University of Westminster in 2017 as part of the acclaimed board apprentice scheme. This has proven to be a successful engagement for both the University and Chris who has since joined University’s Court of Governors as a Governor. During 2018, Chris was Co-opted as a Member of the Diversity Working Party of the City of London Corporation.
Assistant Director, Membership (Scotland, Wales, Ireland)
David leads the strategic development, planning and delivery of Advance HE's equality and diversity programme for universities and colleges in Scotland. David also manages the ‘Diversity in Governance’ project in Scotland, which aims to improve both the diversity and oversight of E&D in institutions of governing bodies and has led much of our work on positive action. He sits on SFC’s Gender Governance Group, overseeing the Gender Action Plan; Scottish Government’s Scottish National Equality Improvement Project board; and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Equality Act PSED review steering group.
Principal Advisor, Advance HE
Clare joined Advance HE in 2012, working with legacy agency Equality Challenge Unit initially as a Senior Policy Adviser, and subsequently setting up and managing the training and learning service. She now leads work on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery team.
With a career spanning central and local government, the voluntary sector, broadcasting, the police service and higher education, Clare has more than 30 years’ experience supporting organisations on their equality, diversity and inclusion journeys.