Governance Briefing 11/17

Published: 01 Dec 2017

AoC Annual Conference

This year's Annual Conference was a successful event, with Chairs, governors and governance professionals from over 120 colleges in attendance. On the second day we ran a Governors' Reception, during which governors heard from the FE Commissioner, and about college governance in America from colleagues at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). During the session, the Chair of Governors' Council, Atholl Stott, shared the following document which summarises the work of Governors' Council:

AoC Services also produced a document which looks at some of the things governing bodies need to consider when recruiting senior postholders.

Charity governance research

The Charity Commission and the Office for Civil Society have published Taken on Trust, a report they commissioned to look at the awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales. It includes some interesting findings around themes of recruitment, diversity, skills, knowledge and behaviours.

This follows a report in May from thinktank New Philanthropy Capital called Charities taking charge, which looked at sharing perspectives and ideas on how charities can deliver impact in a changing world, and to what extent the sector is currently working in ways that enable this.

Remuneration research

The Education and Training Foundation have commissioned research into the impact of payment of Governors in Northern Ireland colleges on board effectiveness, which may be of interest to colleges considering remuneration of governors.  Although it draws from a small sample - there are a total of six FE colleges in Northern Ireland - it has some interesting findings and draws out possible implications for FE colleges in England. 

AoC are currently reviewing their remuneration guidance as the Charity Commission have recently updated the application process. Updated guidance will be uploaded to the website shortly.

TVET governance survey

The British Council are currently undertaking an international survey of governance in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). 

The purpose of the survey is to find out how different models of governance are perceived by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) leaders across a range of different systems and countries. How much autonomy do institutions have in different countries and how empowered do the leaders feel to interact with different levels of government?

Skills governance is emerging as an important theme in the UK and internationally and the findings will help the British Council to explore how its effectiveness can be maximised.  The survey findings will be expected to have both international impacts and to have a role in informing effective policy and practice relating to TVET governance within England.

Governance Professional webinars

The next stage of the ETF Governance Professional Development Programme begins this month with our series of webinars:

Complying with new regulations and legal obligations
Tuesday 5 December 2017, 11 am

This webinar will explore existing and new duties and requirements relating to funding. It will also include consideration of Instrument and Articles. 
Heather Cross, Clerk, Bath College and Wiltshire College

Applying the Code of Good Governance 
Tuesday 12 December 2017, 11 am

This webinar will draw on best practice from the Code to examine how it can assist in ensuring effective board compliance including board self-assessment and skills audit. 
Carol Jones, Chair, College Academies Trust
Naomi Shoffman, Head of Governance, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

Managing board relationships
Tuesday 9 January 2018, 11 am

This webinar will examine the role of the governance professional in relation to the chair and principal and dealing with challenging situations including chair succession planning and governor disciplinary processes. 
Mark White OBE, Chair, Stockton Riverside College
Atholl Stott, Chair, RNN Group

Risk management and managing change
Tuesday 16 January 2018, 11 am
This webinar will look at how the board considers risk and the role of the governance professional in this. The webinar also includes managing the transition to new structures.

Stephanie Mason, Partner, Head of Further Education & Skills, RSM
Richard Mackie, Associate Director, RSM
Naomi Shoffman, Head of Governance, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

Relationships with stakeholders
Tuesday 6 February 2018, 11 am
This webinar will consider the role of governance professional in managing external stakeholder relationships and ensuring the board is supported in its wider strategic responsibilities including apprenticeships, LEPs and devolution.

Jennifer Foote MBE, Company Secretary & General Counsel, LTE Group
Carole Stott MBE, Chair, Bath College

For more information and to book, please visit our website.