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Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of East London (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the next steps in supporting robust scrutiny which supports change whilst meeting the standards of the Higher Education Code of Governance
  • Ensuring governing boards meet OfS requirements for oversight of academic standards
  • Evaluating the role of governing bodies in tackling challenges around transparency on senior staff remuneration through the HE Senior Staff Remuneration Code
  • Understanding key insights in how governing boards can effectively monitor institutional performance, manage risk and support sustainability
  • Enhancing governance structures and processes to ensure due diligence and regulatory compliance

Chris Sayers, Chair, Committee of University Chairs (CONFIRMED)

  • Understand the OfS’s expectations of governing bodies and accountable officers in complying with the regulatory framework
  • Exploring the Public Interest Governance Principles

Senior Representative, Office for Students (CONFIRMED)

  • Analysing how higher education leaders can ensure they match the standards of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education
  • Assessing the latest steps being taken to protect the value of UK degrees and ensure consistency and reliability in degree classifications
  • Exploring the work of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment in supporting consistent co-regulation across the UK
  • Examining the latest QAA updates in the review of quality and standards on decisions for degree awarding powers

Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (CONFIRMED)

  • Analysing the core principles and attributes of sustainability leadership
  • Exploring ways in which higher education institutions can mitigate risk and improve resilience by aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Assessing key models and actions being adopted by sustainability leaders across higher education
  • Embedding sustainability into an institutional culture and core decision-making processes

Professor Janet Haddock-Fraser, Professor of Sustainability and Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chair of Trustees, EAUC (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring how the HE sector can support enhanced professional development for academic and departmental leaders
  • Assessing the role of academic leaders in leading change and supporting strategic capabilities
  • Evaluating what makes an effective academic leader capable of managing performance and delivering on a long-term strategy

Professor April McMahon, Vice-President Teaching, Learning and Students, University of Manchester (CONFIRMED)
Professor Janice Kay, CBE, Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter (CONFIRMED)
Professor Kathleen Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)
Professor Paul Hayes, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Portsmouth (CONFIRMED)
Professor Nicola Phillips, Vice President & Vice Principal (Education), King’s College London (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring what makes an effective governing body able to support high quality scrutiny
  • Harnessing the skills and expertise of governing members to meet regulatory and operational responsibilities
  • Assessing how a governing body can work successfully with leadership to set and deliver on a strategic direction
  • Discussing the next steps for governors in evolving to meet new challenges and regulatory expectations of the OfS

Dr Philippa Lloyd, Vice-Principal (Policy and Strategic Partnerships), Principal's Nominee to Council, Queen Mary, University of London (CONFIRMED)
Joe Docherty, Chair of the Council, Durham University (CONFIRMED)
Dame Denise Holt, Chair of the Council, University of Sussex (invited)

  • Outlining the development of Advance HE’s Board Diversification Project designed to support practical initiatives for improved diversity
  • Assessing how governing bodies can utilise the Board Recruitment Framework to guide a new approach to diversification
  • Exploring how role specifications and recruitment processes can be redesigned to attract diverse candidates and tackle unconscious bias
  • Sharing insights on how boards can evaluate their existing diversity and develop planning to proactively recruit governing members from underrepresented backgrounds

Jenny Tester, Project Associate - Board Diversification Project, Advance HE (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing the leadership transformation project at the University of Huddersfield with the creation of a long-term strategy map designed to improve academic and operational outcomes
  • Delivering a targeted programme focussed on improving financial health, the estate, staff qualifications and teaching quality
  • Enhancing financial sustainability with a strategic capital plan developed without borrowing
  • Sharing insights on how the leadership team translated strategic vision into an actionable transformation programme

Winner of Outstanding Leadership and Management Team at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2018

Professor Bob Cryan CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the latest competencies and requirements for registrars and senior professional service leaders in managing complex governance structures across higher education institutions
  • Understanding how professional service staff can support leaders and governors to meet the expectations of an evolving regulatory landscape
  • Assessing how administrators can meet the growing challenges of financial sustainability, value for money and public transparency within an increasingly competitive market
  • Ensuring organisational structures deliver effective operational outcomes and support long term sustainability

Dave Hall, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, University of Leicester, Honorary Secretary, Association of Heads of University Administration (CONFIRMED)

  • Analysing the role of governance support teams in ensuring governing bodies meet regulatory expectations, fulfil their responsibilities and deliver robust oversight
  • Sharing what constitutes best practice in corporate governance and ethics
  • Ensuring governance models within higher education meet the evolving regulatory landscape
  • Improving a board’s relationship with resilience and risk management within the context of increasingly volatile market conditions

John Walter, Director of Governance, Aston University (invited)

  • Designing the consultation for a new organisational strategy after facing declining performance and an evolving landscape in the support of academic excellence
  • Developing a new university vision and set of priorities following an extensive engagement process and strategic analysis of the university’s performance
  • Realigning the ambitions and operations across the institution to transform Sheffield Hallam into the world’s leading applied university with a focus on social mobility and skills
  • Assessing the outcomes of the strategic transformation with rapid improvements in student satisfaction and the number of students entering high skilled employment
  • Sharing insights into how strategic planning and analysis can form the basis for organisational change

Linda Mason, Director of Strategy, Planning and Insight, Sheffield Hallam University (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the relationship between student recruitment ambitions and financial sustainability
  • Exploring how financial leaders can adapt to growing uncertainty around Brexit, post-18 education funding and changes in student demand
  • Examining the next steps in supporting high quality financial planning capable of managing growing cost pressures

Muir Sanderson, Chief Financial Officer, Imperial College London (invited)
Martin Williams, Director of Finance, University of Bath (invited)
Erica Conway, Finance Director, University of Birmingham (invited)

*Programme subject to change

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