Article

Reviewing the strategic influence of governance professionals in UK colleges: Acting as the translator of the conduct of conduct

Citation

Hill R, Garner S & Ireland A (2021) Reviewing the strategic influence of governance professionals in UK colleges: Acting as the translator of the conduct of conduct. Educational Management Administration and Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1177/17411432211015215

Abstract
This article considers the contribution of the governance professional to the governing of further education colleges in the United Kingdom and arises from a wider study of the ways in which college boards develop and implement college strategy. This is the first observational study to focus on what the governance professional does within the college governance space. From observation and other forms of evidence, the governance professional performs a significant, challenging and expert role in the processes and practices of governing colleges. The governance professional is instrumental as a governance sense-maker and, at a higher level, as translator of governing deliberations and decision making. The governance professional role in practice can vary depending upon a range of personal, local institutional and national factors. However, in essence the governance professional exists to legitimise college governance through the structures, processes and reporting of governing interactions. The article considers the extent to which the governance professional is pivotal to the governing of colleges and analyses the implications for college governing. Our research identifies some barriers to gaining greater impact from the college governance professional.

Keywords
Colleges; governance; governance professionals; strategic influencers

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Educational Management Administration and Leadership

StatusIn Press
FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date online31/05/2021
Date accepted by journal25/05/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32880
ISSN1741-1432
eISSN1741-1440