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Supporting Inclusive Boards Programme – What Have We Learned 

An interactive workshop for supporting board diversity, in support of the higher education governance community.

The Supporting Inclusive Boards programme engages governance professionals in enhancing and sharing thinking, noting the importance of the role of the governance professional in implementing change to improve Board Diversity. 

It builds on the two Supporting Inclusive Boards programmes that have been run for the last two years and consolidate learning and challenges for a wider audience.  

We also take the opportunity to invite governors to encourage governance professionals and their governors to explore the challenges together, to hear the same messages and to collaborate on solutions and next steps. 

An Advance HE member benefit

Supporting Inclusive Boards Programme – What Have We Learned is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. If you are interested in participating please book your place for the upcoming interactive workshop.

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Kim Ansell and Tesse Akpeki share their highlights and challenges from two Supporting Inclusive Boards programmes. They discuss the need to focus on the intention of the institution to develop an inclusive board culture, including support from governance professionals, encouraging governors and professionals to explore the challenges they face and collaborate on solutions.

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Interactive Workshop

Interactive Workshop: Supporting Inclusive Boards – What Have We Learned

Date: Thursday 18 January 2024

Kim Ansell and Tesse Akpeki shared the challenges and learning from two Supporting Inclusive Boards programmes that have been part of our member benefit offers in the previous two years.

Attendees reviewed the golden thread from recruitment to belonging and considered (in groups) some challenging questions about our ways of working and approaches. Finally, the group came together to reflect on the holistic nature of EDI for the governing body.
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Following the workshop, Kim Ansell and Tesse Akpeki share challenges and learning from the SIB programme.

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Insights from the 21-22 The Supporting Inclusive Boards Programme

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Project Facilitators

Tessé Akpeki

Senior Associate Consultant, Wellbeing and Resilience Leadership Initiative

Tessé served as an Equal Opportunities Commissioner, a Non-Executive in the NHS (13 years), a governor of International Students House (ISH) and served as a chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee of ISH until December 2019. 

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Kim Ansell

Senior Consultant, Governance and Leadership, Advance HE

She has worked across higher and professional education providing support to groups at all levels including senior leadership teams and Boards, to facilitate change, strategic thinking, planning and performance improvement. Kim has recently led the Advance HE membership-themed month on the topic of Transforming Organisations from student to board. 

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