Enhancing relationships between executives and governors: An exploration through performance

LFHE logoA Leadership Foundation 2014 small development project

Project brief

This project uses an innovative and dynamic form of performance as a research approach to respond to the increasingly public tensions between Chief Executives and Chairs of Governing bodies, which are often difficult to discuss or represent. 

It sets out to gather their stories and perspectives to establish a unique body of research data that will provide evidence of the complex relationships involved in leading and governing UK Higher Education Institutions. The findings will be presented as a fictionalised and fully anonymised performance which will safeguard confidentiality. The performance provides an innovative way to disseminate the research findings and will engage Vice Chancellors and Chairs across the UK. 

The project application form can be viewed here (PDF).

An invitation to participate

We are seeking both Vice Chancellors and Chairs of governing boards (not necessarily from the same university) who are willing to be interviewed in confidence. Interview data will be fictionalised and anonymised and you will be invited to review the script prior to performance. See our Ethical principles of procedure (PDF).

Please let us know if you might be willing to participate in this project. Participation would require two hours of your time during August, September or October. Please use the confidential project email address below, without obligation, to ask any questions and provide your name, role and contact details. 

Email: vcgovproject@regents.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)207 487 7847

Project team

  • Principal investigator: Professor Judith Ackroyd, PVC & Dean at Regent’s University London
  • Co researcher:Professor Jill Robinson, Executive Dean at University Campus Suffolk
  • Playwright and Director: Richard Conlon

Steering group members

  • Alison Johns, Head of Leadership, Governance and Management, HEFCE
  • Prof. Steve Newstead, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Plymouth University, Trustee Board at Regent’s University London
  • Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation
  • Dr Elspeth May, Retired university governor and Executive Coach

Last updated: 20 February 2015