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IoD: The Education and Training Foundation appoints IoD to deliver leadership and governance development programmes for college boards

08 Sep 2021

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the government-supported workforce development body for the Further Education (FE) and training sector, has appointed the Institute of Directors to help equip key members of college governing bodies with the skills they need to drive success in their organisations.  The programmes are sponsored and part-funded by the Department for Education and will support governance improvements in the FE sector.

In partnership with the ETF and DfE, the IoD will be working with college chairs and governance professionals across England to deliver an enriching development experience.  Our approach will not only develop the knowledge, skills and mindset of participants but also have a positive and lasting impact on the effectiveness of college corporation boards and the sector overall.

The Chairs’ Leadership Programme provides a unique opportunity for college chairs and aspiring chairs to reflect on their role, develop their performance, and ultimately enhance the value they add to the board and their wider organisation. This will support the government’s strategy of developing a highly trained cadre of board members of FE and sixth form colleges, thereby enhancing performance and strengthening governance within the sector. 

The Governance Professionals’ Leadership Programme is designed for clerks to boards, company secretaries and those fulfilling similar roles.  The governance professional has a critical role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of the board, as well as being the trusted adviser – enabling efficient, effective discussion and decision-making.

Further information and booking details are available at 

Jonathan Geldart, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Education and Training Foundation and the DfE to support chairs and governance professionals in the FE sector by providing access to our world class professional development programmes.  We are also pleased to welcome participants as members of the IoD. Our branches across the country will provide them with ongoing CPD and access to a community of directors at a local and national level.  Our programmes are designed and delivered by directors for directors and provide an enriching peer learning experience, helping us to develop better directors for a better world.”

Fiona Chalk, National Head of Governance Development at The Education and Training Foundation said:

“We are delighted to be working with the IoD to build on the excellent governance work already done in this area with the Saïd Business School at Oxford. The role of governance continues to develop at pace, and the extensive knowledge and real-world governance experience that those at the IOD who are co-designing and delivering the programmes have, will bring valuable insights and deliver impact for those attending the governance leadership programmes, as they help set the conditions for long-term institutional resilience and success.”

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