Governance Professionals' Development Programme (GPDP) for Clerks and Directors of Governance (Code: C1127)

This new programme has been designed to support the governance professional specifically in the leadership dimensions of the role. Participants will benefit from new insights, increased confidence and impact, and a network of peers.

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Who is this for?

  • Clerks
  • Directors of Governance
  • Governance Professionals of FE Boards

Training aim

The programme aims to take Governance Professionals through a leadership development experience that will support them in the key role they play within the dynamics of Governance and the Board.

The sessions cover the following key themes:

  • The purpose of Governance: a broader perspective
  • The role of the Governance Professional in the FE context
  • Insights into Board dynamics: the Governance Professional, Chair, CEO, and Board
  • Strategic leadership and adaptive approaches to Governance challenges
  • The role of the Governance Professional as a trusted advisor
  • Developing and sustaining Governance approaches of support and challenge
  • The Oxford Tutorial: an opportunity to work on personal development issues


Governance Professionals will gain a heightened understanding of FE Governance and an improved ability to act as trusted advisor for their Boards. Governance Professionals will benefit from the following:

  • Oxford insights into effective governance leadership and practice
  • Enhanced awareness of Board dynamics and decision-making
  • Deeper confidence, agency and resilience in the role of a Governance Professional
  • On-going tutorial support
  • Networking opportunities with Governance Professionals from across the sector


24 hour programme experience delivered via Zoom, followed by ongoing Oxford Tutorial support, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months after the programme.

The formal programme will start around 13:30 on Day 1 and will finish at 17:00 on Day 2

Entry Requirements

Prospective candidates must submit a Personal Statement (no more than 250 words) with a description about themselves as an individual, their college, their work experience, and why they are applying for the programme.

Personal Statements can be sent to

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830