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Governance Conference 2020: Transforming Governance for a new normal

Virtual conference
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Conference
Start Date
End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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For Governors, professional support staff and policymakers, the conference provides a forum to share practice and discuss key and emerging areas of governance.

This year, our national conference will focus on 'Transforming Governance for a new normal'. It is designed for Governors of HEIs and members of the professional support teams who work with Governors and offers a forum to enable Governors, professional support staff and policymakers to share and discuss key and emerging areas of governance.

The conference will look beyond the sector, addressing practice, developments and insights and exploring whether and how these can be adopted in HE. With a mix of plenary, workshop and panel sessions the event offers an opportunity for those committed to professionalising governance to network with senior peers, engage with the issues of the moment and take new ideas and insights back to their institution.

Delegates will hear from senior leaders who are at the forefront of challenging and changing practice.

A new digital conferencing experience

Following the highly successful virtual Teaching and Learning Conference 2020, this year's Governance Conference will be delivered virtually on 20 November 2020. It has been re-designed as an immersive and engaging digital experience and offering delegates the following features:

  • a full day of live-streamed sessions of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops addressing current issues facing Boards today
  • On-demand presentations from sector leaders
  • virtual exhibition space, where delegates were able to engage with Advance HE staff about current projects
  • opportunity to interact with other delegates from around the world in a virtual networking space
  • full online support throughout the day
  • access to all the digital content for 14 days after the conference.
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Keynote Speakers

Lord Simon Woolley CBE

Lord Simon Woolley CBE is the director and founder of Operation Black Vote (OBV), a commissioner for race on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and chair of the government's Race Disparity Unit’s advisory group.

Focusing on voter registration, lobbying politicians and mentoring schemes, OBV aims to inspire black and minority ethnic communities to engage with public institutions to address the race inequalities in areas including education, health and employment.

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Lord Woolley

Professor Eunice Simmons

Eunice is currently Vice Chancellor at the University of Chester and has also previously worked in diverse institutions: Nottingham Trent University, University of London’s Wye and Imperial Colleges, UCLan and the University of Cumbria, in roles that included Course Leader, Head of School, Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor. This has given her a sound understanding of how strategy and operation interlink - and how to build capacity for horizon-scanning and implementation in all of her teams.

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Eunice Simmons
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View the highlights from the Governance Conference 2019 here:

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

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