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Governance Conference 2021: Evolving Governance fit for our futures

This one-day virtual conference will focus on the skills and attributes required for good governance of HEIs.

Join us for the 2021 Advance HE Governance Conference addressing the theme of Evolving Governance fit for our futures. As we look beyond the current pandemic, we know that governing well means navigating opportunities and challenges in higher education with inclusion, agility and pace at the forefront. Governance must enable our institutions to make the greatest impact they can for students, staff, society and the economy.

The conference will be delivered online using our refreshed platform to enable delegate interaction and discussion across all elements of the day, comprising both high profile speakers from across sectors and practice-based workshops. All Chairs, governors, senior staff and governance professionals are invited to attend. Now in its fourth year, this is the must-attend and only annual event on HE governance which brings together the full range of perspectives. 

Join the conversation at #GovConf21

Date: 18 November 2021
Location: Virtual
Who: Chairs, Governors, Senior staff and Governance professionals

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Conference aims

This conference will bring together a diverse range of perspectives to consider just how we can do that, providing space to explore the issues but also the range of options Boards have to improve their governance in practice, so that we can aspire to governance that is fit for:

  • A future with fairness and inclusion for all as the norm. We will explore the governance practice that is working across the sector, and showcase the output of our Board Diversity Practice Project. We will also take stock on the future of the student experience and how Boards can assure quality and standards for all; 
  • A future with sustainability at the heart of decision making. We will explore the applicability of ‘Environmental, Social and Governance’ principles to higher education and what it means for governance practice;
  • A future with sound strategies in the face of ever-changing policy. We will consider the implications of the latest government thinking on HE that Boards need to know, including the response to the Augar review in England. We will also focus on the role of board culture and the Board-Executive dynamic as the crucial foundation of sound strategy and assurance.
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Booking offer

The virtual Governance Conference on 18 November 2021 will focus on the theme 'Evolving Governance fit for our futures'. Delegates that are part of an Advance HE member institution will be eligible for a buy one, get one half price offer when the second person on the booking is a Chair of the Board.

To receive your discount voucher, you must email before making your booking via the My Advance HE portal.

This offer is subject to availability and change.

buy 1 get 1 half price
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Keynote speakers

Sir John Tusa

For more than 25 years, John Tusa has held senior positions in the worlds of arts and journalism – as Managing Director, BBC World Service from 1986-92 and as Managing Director, Barbican Centre from 1995-2007. Over those years he sat on the boards of the National Portrait Gallery, English National Opera, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and the British Museum.  He chaired the Wigmore Hall Trust, the Advisory Committee to the Government Art Collection and – from 2007-13 – the Court of Governors of University of the Arts London.  He was Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme from 2009-14.

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Sir John Tusa
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Professor Charles Egbu

Professor Egbu joined Leeds Trinity University as Vice-Chancellor on 1 November 2020. He leads the University on all strategic matters; ensuring financial sustainability to allow the delivery of the University's Strategic Plan, including the overall vision and values of the University. He represents the University externally at various groups including Universities UK (UUK), Million Plus and the Cathedral's Group. He works closely with industry and professional bodies, especially in the Built Environment sector, and with local communities. He was formerly the President of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB – 2019/2020).  

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Charles Egbu

Paul Woodgates

Paul is an expert in strategy, operations, change and leadership in universities.

He was previously responsible for building and running the education consulting practice of PA Consulting internationally. He has worked with more than 30 universities in the UK as well as many others overseas. His experience was in delivering major programmes to define strategy, improve academic outcomes, deliver better services, and reduce cost. He has also worked extensively with government departments, regulators and funding bodies in the higher education sector in the UK and elsewhere.

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Paul Woodgates

Anulika Ajufo

Anulika is mother to a vibrant 17 year old, Head of Investments for Europe, Middle East and Africa and leads on early and growth stage impact investments in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She is also Chair of the Board of Governors at University of East London and Founder of the Sequoia Platform, a leading educational not for profit focused on social mobility in the United Kingdom. She is committed to Finance and Economic Justice through development as well as the need to promote equity and social justice in the world's most fragile countries- all of which she continues to support across roles in finance and philanthropy.

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Anulika Ajufo