For new and continuing Staff Governors and those considering whether they would like to become a Staff Governor.
This one-day event, which forms part of our Governor Development Programme (GDP), will consider the role of Staff Governors and how they can best make an effective contribution to the work of the governing body. Staff Governors provide a direct link between the staff of the institution and the governing body, yet a balance must be struck as they are not acting as a representative of the constituency from whom they have been elected or appointed. As Governors, they should act in the best interests of the institution and accept collective responsibility for the decisions agreed by the governing body. Independent Governors may also look to Staff Governors as a source of information to help their understanding of the institution, and to gain insights into how it operates.
The event will look at the importance of building good relationships with other members of the governing body, explore how difficult issues can be raised, and the balance between supporting and challenging the executive.
GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors - Event Agenda
09.30 Arrival: registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introductions
Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE
10.15 Understanding HE governance and decision making
Roger Gair, University Secretary, University of Leeds
11.00 Composition of HE boards
Alison Wheaton, Associate, Advance HE & PhD Research on University Governance, UCL Institute of Education
11.45 Refreshment break
12.00 When governance goes wrong
Dawn Turpin, Associate, Advance HE & former Head of Governance, Open University
13.50 Staff governor panel
Dominic Laffy, Staff Governor and Principal Lecturer, Regent’s University London
Matthias Feist, Member of the Board of Trustees and Employability Student Enterprise Manager, Regent’s University, London
Sarah Cowls, Staff Governor and Director of Student and Academic Services, Queen Mary University of London
14.40 Table discussions
15.30 Closing remarks