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GDP: Clerks and Secretaries Network Event

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, WC2B 5DA
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Face to Face Networking Events
Start Date
End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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For Registrars, Clerks, Secretaries and governance professionals.

Secretaries and Clerks are pivotal to board success. This event provides those new and continuing in the role an opportunity to work together on issues critical for their own professional contribution and that of their governors.

Governing bodies and senior management teams depend on professional staff, including Clerks and Secretaries to manage the changes required to meet the needs of an evolving operating environment. The meeting of the national network of governance professionals brings together these individuals, who are often expected to inform and advise governing bodies on changes affecting their roles and responsibilities.

This annual networking event will consist of presentations from leading figures in governance.

The event will also explore a range of other topics such as:
•    Issues of higher education governance that have emerged over the last 12 months and remain challenging, and scenarios for the future shape of the higher education sector.
•    Lessons to be learned from what has happened in governance in other sectors over the last year. 
•    Lessons from effectiveness reviews.
•    Approaches to supporting the induction and professional development of governing body members.
•    Keeping abreast of new developments and responsibilities for governing bodies (including academic governance)
•    Managing relationships, both on the governing body and in the institution.



10am    Welcome and Introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE   
10.15am    The HE policy landscape - Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer, London Higher
11am    Where next for quality & standards? - Alex Bols, Deputy CEO, GuildHE   
11.30am    Break                
11.45am    Panel - Regulatory oversight and dealing with an increasing burden

Paul Mould, Deputy College Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, King's College London

Sally Priddle, Deputy Secretary and Head of Governance Services at University of Sussex     
12.30pm    Stakeholder mapping    
1pm    Lunch                
1.45pm    Embedding board diversity - from recruitment, induction to belonging - Kim Ansell, Senior Adviser and Managing Consultant, Advance HE
2.15pm    Reflections from board effectiveness reviews    
3pm    Close