Chairs Development Programme (Strand 2) (Code: C1675)

A new programme of interactive and engaging development responding to recent research conducted with FE and Sixth Form College Chairs. The study identified key elements which Chairs felt would enable them to deliver greater impact in this voluntary but highly demanding role. 

The programme will be delivered by two highly experienced former College Group CEOs, Amanda Melton CBE and Dame Sally Dicketts. 

Please note these are standalone events and do not require prior participation at previous events.



No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

Who is this for?

This course is open to all current chairs in the Further Education and Training sector.

Training aim

This programme aims to provide high-quality learning in key aspects of college governance linked to the framework developed for chairs. It will also provide opportunities to meet and network with peers.

The series will explore:

  • Securing the full potential of the Board, governance professional, and CEO and their team. 
  • Your role as Chair in leading curriculum design and quality improvement
  • Building cultural capital from the boardroom to the classroom
  • How you can lead a college engine of change and innovation


Expected learning outcomes:

  • Introduction to FE-based systems thinking/leadership to meet local/national skills agenda
  • Collaboration between Chairs and CEOs on sector priorities
  • People and performance development skills to enable Chairs to be more effective in supporting CEOs


The programme will offer one face-to-face and two online sessions, all offered as standalone learning experiences:

1. In person 3-hour session at the 2024 SET Conference (Birmingham)

2. An online 90-minute session on Wednesday 6 March, 2-3.30pm on the theme of change and how Chairs can support change in their colleges.

3. An online 90-minute session on Thursday 21 March, 4-5.30pm looking at effective ways to foster the most productive Chair, CEO and Governance Professional relationship at your FE College.

Entry Requirements

Delegates must be a chair in the Further Education and Training sector.

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