Governance SIG

About the Governance SIG

AHEP’s Student Governance SIG was launched in 2019 to bring together anyone in a HE professional services role with a professional specialism, remit or interest in corporate and/or academic governance.

We want to create a community for all those who work in different areas of governance and those who seek to understand more about this essential and diverse area of work.

We are really pleased that over 220 people from a range of institutions across the UK have already joined the network and look forward to working with you to see this continue to grow and develop.  Everyone is welcome.

What can you expect from the Governance SIG?

– Fostered connections across the diverse HE sector between professionals involved in governance activity.

– A space for sharing best practice and giving/receiving mutual support.

– A strong focus on professional development in this space through wider links for the SIG with AHUA, CUC, Advance HE and others.

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Meet the Coordinators

Katherine Wass, Governance SIG Coordinator

Governance and Projects Officer

University of Bradford

I became involved in the association through the PGCert in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership.  Something I decided to undertake to develop my knowledge of HE as someone who was quite new to the sector.  Having previously worked in the Financial Services sector, I can confirm the differences are substantial!

In 2018 I moved to a role in the University Governance Team and was looking at options to develop my knowledge and network in this area.  I could not find anything that was really sector specific and aimed at my level.  I decided to approach the association about creating a new themed network.  It turned out I was not alone, and the association agreed to merge the proposal with one that had been put forward by colleagues from Newman University and the University of Leicester.  In late 2019 the Governance Themed Network was born, with 3 Co-leads, lots of ideas and enthusiasm.  In 2023 there are two AHEP Governance SIG Co-ordinators and we are developing several exciting plans.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Alison Benson, Governance SIG Coordinator

Strategic Planning Manager (Governance)

University of Leicester

In the day job, Alison has been Strategic Planning Manager (Governance) at the University of Leicester since 2019.  She is responsible for the management and leadership of the University Governance Office, which oversees the University’s corporate, academic and subsidiary governance frameworks as well as compliance and regulation matters.  She leads on governance projects, governance effectiveness, continuous improvement, good practice and guidance.  She works most closely with the University Council and Senate, and is also a member of the leadership team for the Planning, Legal and Governance Services division.

Alison has over a decade of experience in governance management roles across a variety of complex, highly-regulated sectors including national museums and academy schools as well as higher education.  Prior to joining UoL she was Senior Manager (Governance) at the Open University, supporting a variety of corporate and academic governance committees and managing a portfolio of governance projects with a particular focus on effectiveness.

Alison is committed to professional development and has been an AHEP member ever since joining the HE sector.  She is a founding Lead Co-Ordinator of the AHEP Governance SIG (set up in 2019 as the AUA Governance Network), is also the interim Ambassador at UoL – and in her ‘spare’ time is studying for an MBA.