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GDP Wales event

Online Event
County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Start Date
End Date
5 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Our Governance in Wales event reflects the shared identity and diverse needs of the Welsh HE sector and will be of benefit to Chairs, governors and governance professionals. The day will provide an opportunity to explore topical features of governance in the Welsh HE landscape, allowing attendees to explore issues and challenges and respond to the latest developments. The event will include keynote presentations and break-out sessions covering a range of areas to allow participants to explore issues of concern and share good practice.


9.30am    Welcome & Introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE and Joni Alexander, Head of Membership for Wales, Advance HE         

9.50am    Understanding the HE policy landscape in Wales - Sophie Douglas, Policy Adviser, Universities Wales   

10.30am    Improving board diversity project - Victoria Holbrook, Assistant Director, Governance, Advance HE   

11am Break                    

11.15am   Topical session: seeking academic assurance for governors

Professor Tim Woods, Pro Vice-Chancellor: Learning Teaching and Student Experience, Aberystwyth University

Professor Sandra Jowett, Independent Governor, Wrexham Glyndŵr University

12pm Supporting student governors in Wales - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

12.15pm    Break                    

12.25pm    Breakout discussions with governors    

12.50pm    Feedback from breakouts           

1pm Close    


Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.

Joni Alexander

Head of Membership for Wales
Advance HE
Joni Alexander
Joni Alexander is Advance HE's Head of Membership for Wales, supporting universities and colleges to shape the future of tertiary education.

Victoria Holbrook

Assistant Director, Governance
Advance HE
Victoria Holbrook
Victoria joined Advance HE in February 2019 from the Office for Students and after 11 years at its predecessor the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). As Assistant Director, Governance she leads the development and delivery of Advance HE’s approach and work to support good governance to ensure it meets the needs of its members and clients in their rapidly evolving operating environments.