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.
10.20am Policy landscape, Kate Wicklow, GuildHE
11.00am Understanding HE governance, Chris Ince, University Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer at University of Hull
12.00pm Composition of GBs & Headlines from report, Aaron Porter
12.15pm Q&A Panel of staff governors, Dominic Laffy, Regent's University London and Shane Martin, University of Essex
1.00pm Breakout discussions
1.30pm Feedback and close