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GDP: Talking Points 2 - Governance to achieve the successful delivery of strategy

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Governor's Pathway
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Round Table
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3 hours
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Higher Education
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Join us at one of our Talking Points events which offer governance professionals in HE an opportunity to:

  • Consider contemporary topical or emerging issues relevant to HE governance;
  • Hear from expert and informed contributors;
  • Debate and discuss issues under ‘Chatham House’ rules; and
  • Meet as a peer network of HE Governors
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Event overview

Governance to achieve the successful delivery of strategy - The 3Ms: Monitor, Measure and Metrics

Governance to achieve the successful delivery of strategy - The 3Ms - Monitor, Measure and Metrics

An opportunity to explore the realities and best practice of monitoring and measuring the outcomes and implementation of your university's strategy.

This Talking Points will take as its starting point a rapid review of the strategic objectives of a number of different universities and their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) looking to learn from the similarities and differences that emerge. Attendees will be asked to bring their strategies and KPIs to inform the debate.

  • The experiences of attendees in monitoring the implementation of strategy will be shared in order to understand:
  • The match between strategic outcomes and KPIs and how they are selected and monitored to best effect
  • The relationship between Regulation, Metrics and KPIs
  • The need for essential data and its communication to support the monitoring and measure of KPIs
  • The value of benchmarking and comparators in the context of strategic stretch

By the end of the session it is anticipated that participants will establish a view on aspects of best practice and what characterises good governance to ensure successful strategic outcomes and reduce risk.

The Talking Points will be chaired by Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE and led by Alison Allden who is the current chair of the University of Northumbria Board’s Strategic Performance Committee and was previously the CEO of the Higher Statistics Agency.


Aaron Porter
Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

Aaron Porter is the associate director (governance) for Advance HE leading on engagement with governing bodies and governance across the UK, including leading reviews of board effectiveness. He has worked with over 75 universities both in the UK and overseas, as well as projects for national governments focused on higher education. Working within a portfolio of roles including as director of insights for the Hotcourses Group and as an external adviser to Civitas Learning.  He is a member of the governing council at Goldsmiths, University of London and is chair of the Board of Governance at Nelson College a specialist higher education college in East London.

He was previously served on the council of the University of Leicester, and the boards of a number of Higher Education sector bodies including Higher Education Funding Council for England, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, the Higher Education Academy and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Outside of higher education, he has served on the board of directors for Endsleigh Insurance.

He was previously president of the National Union of Students in 2010-11, during the high profile debate on tuition fees, appearing extensively in the media including BBC Question Time, Newsnight and the Politics Show. He also co-chaired the Beer/Porter Student Charter group which reported to the higher education minister David Willetts in January 2011, and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Online Learning Taskforce and the review of External Examiners chaired by Dame Janet Finch both conducted in 2010-2011.

Outside of higher education he is a school governor in South London, a member of the education committee for the General Chiropractic Council, the members panel for the National Employment and Savings Trust and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is also a qualified football referee and a keen follower of cricket.  In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to higher education and the student experience.

Aaron Porter

Alison Allden OBE


Since retiring from her role as CEO of the Higher Education Statistics Agency Alison has pursued a non-exec portfolio and consultancy career. Recently Alison has become a member of the Bar Standards Board, responsible for the regulation and training of barristers and she is on the Board of Northumbria University and Regent’s University London. She previously contributed to HE at a national level, including the Jisc Board, HEFCE’s Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory  Committee and eScience sub committees of the ESRC and AHRC research councils.

Prior to that Alison was on the senior executive of Bristol University, Director of IT at Warwick University and Director of Computing for Goldsmiths College University of London. She began her career as an archaeologist and then moved to the British Museum’s computerisation team and took an MSc at LSE in computing and management.

In 2016 New Year’s Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education.

Alison Allden

We also have two other Talking Point events this year:

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

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