13th Jun 2024

Workshop: Creating a Positive Culture – Induction, Retention and Succession Planning, Future Proof Strategic Governance!

Effective induction of new governors and trustees is crucial to ensuring their retention on the board. This workshop provides guidance and practical advice on developing a comprehensive induction package that supports new board members to contribute effectively and feel part of the team from the start of their term of office.

This workshop also aims to assist boards with the process of devising a succession plan to ensure its future strength and effectiveness. Succession planning involves identifying individuals and developing them to prepare to step into a role when others step down.

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • Have identified the key principles which underpin a good practice approach to the induction of new governors/ trustee
  • Examined the key elements of effective succession planning.
  • considered the succession cycle in formulating a succession plan.
  • Explored, through discussion, the approaches to succession planning undertaken by other boards.

As this is a practical workshop, delegates will be asked to bring to the session copies of their board’s governance working arrangements, along with any work/ development plans for the board. These can be referred to and reflected upon during the workshop. Delegates will receive an email containing guidance and instructions ahead of the session.


All governors, trustees and local governors of schools and academies.


Marie Foley, Governance Training Officer


This course will be held in person at the Bolton Science and Technology Centre.

Pricing and Cancelation

Fees for this session are payable via the school budget and not by individual members of the governing board. If your governing board has signed up to the Governance Training Service Level Agreement, sessions are free of charge. Governors of governing boards who have not signed up to the Governance Training Service Level Agreement may attend for a fee of £90 per session.

If you are unable to attend a course, we ask that you please notify the Governance Services Team on 01204 332116 at the earliest opportunity and at least five working days prior to the course date to enable the place to be offered to others.

Cancellation fees will apply for non-attendance or if a place is cancelled by the delegate within five working days of the course date. Schools who have signed up to the Governance Training Service Level Agreement will be charged £25 for each cancellation within five days of the course. If your school has not signed up to the SLA the full course fee will be charged. Fees may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Please contact Marie Foley, Governance Training Officer on 01204 332116 or via email at

Price per session: Governance Training SLA/ £90 per session

Venue: Bolton Science and Technology Centre

Time: 5-7pm

Category: Training

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