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GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors

GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors

For new and continuing Staff Governors and those considering whether they would like to become a Staff Governor.

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This one-day event, which forms part of our Governor Development Programme (GDP), will explore the crucial role of Staff Governors and how they can maximise their contributions to the governing body while managing the competing demands of their position. Stay updated on the latest developments in higher education policy and gain insights into the challenges and pressures faced by universities in today's landscape.

During this event, new and prospective Staff Governors will receive a comprehensive introduction to the responsibilities and requirements of their role. 

Learn from experienced Staff Governors as they share their valuable expertise and engage in meaningful discussions. Explore topics such as building effective relationships with other governing body members, navigating the process of raising difficult issues, and striking the right balance between supporting and challenging the executive.

This standalone one-day event is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of the Staff Governor role and discover strategies for success.


GDP Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors

15 November 2023
Location: Virtual


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Who is this event for?

This event will provide valuable insights for both new and continuing Staff Governors. It is also an excellent opportunity for those who are considering stepping in to the role.




10:00am   Welcome & Introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

10:20am   Policy Landscape - Dr Kate Wicklow, Policy Director, GuildHE

11:00am   Understanding HE Governance - Chris Ince, University Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, University of Hull

11:40am   Break

12:00pm   Composition of Governance Boards - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

12:15pm   Panel of Staff Governors - Professor Shane Martin, Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, University of Essex & David Gilani, Head of Student Engagement and Advocacy, Middlesex University & Sara Murcott, Student Services Manager, Nottingham Trent University

12:45pm   Break

13:00pm   Breakout Discussions

13:30pm   Feedback



Speakers and presenter for the event are being approached and will include experienced and newly appointed Staff Governors, along with professionals and experts in higher education policy and governance.

Dr Kate Wicklow

Policy Director
Dr Kate Wicklow
Dr Kate Wicklow is the Policy Director (Insight, Access & Student Experience) at GuildHE. She leads work on behalf of the Guild in the areas of regulation and funding, data and planning, access and participation, admissions, student support and equality and diversity.

David Gilani

Head of Student Engagement and Advocacy
Middlesex University
David Gilani
David works at Middlesex University as a staff governor and their Head of Student Engagement and Advocacy leading on their efforts to engage both current students and alumni. Having started his career as a students’ union officer, he is a strong proponent of the student voice and in 2012 he founded the Student Publication Association, which supports student journalists across the UK and Ireland. He believes strongly in universities working together to support student engagement efforts, and so co-chairs the CASE Student Communications conference and leads the AHEP’s Student Experience and Engagement Network. He is also studying for his PhD at the University of York on the topic of student belonging.

Professor Shane Martin

University of Essex
Professor Shane Martin
As Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education at the University of Essex, Professor Shane Martin oversees the development and implementation of the university's postgraduate strategies, covering taught and research degree programmes. He holds the Anthony King Chair in Comparative Government, reflecting his expertise in this field of political science.



This event will be delivered virtually through Zoom, with joining instructions sent out by the governance team two weeks before the day of the event.

Along with the joining instructions and links delegates will receive a copy of the programme, with finalised timings, topics, and speakers.

The event will be delivered as as a series of presentations, discussions and panels, with time after each for questions and comments.

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact the Programmes and Events Team at:



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