Governance

An institution’s success relies on good governance. 

We work with universities, charities, for-profit education providers, healthcare institutions and arts and cultural organisations to review the effectiveness of their governance practices, to ensure regulatory compliance and use of relevant best practice from their sector and beyond.

The Halpin Review team has strong experience in working on board behaviour and governance culture – experience drawn from across the HE sector and the corporate sector, charities, local government and the NHS.

We use cross-sector experience to test and strengthen governance structures, reviewing and researching some of the most important issues facing the sector.

Successful governance reviews and assessments rely on much more than just methodology. They depend on intelligent, well-known Consultants who understand strategic priorities, have the insight to follow the right ‘lines of enquiry’ and who are able to understand what improvements can be made.

Typical lines of enquiry might include:

  • Are members of the governing body equipped, enabled and encouraged to offer constructive challenge?
  • Does data (internal and benchmarking) inform and support effective decision-making?
  • Are stakeholder views sought, heard, understood and effectively considered throughout the governance process?
  • Is transparency and inclusion the default position for governance communications?
  • What is the culture of senior leadership and governance and does it reflect the values of the institution?


Recent Governance Clients
London Institute of Banking and Finance
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Royal College of Art
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Universities UK (UUK)
University of Bath
University of Westminster


“The Halpin Review was an incredibly useful and rich report that equipped us with the tangible steps needed to reform our governance and move towards a culture of openness and transparency.” 
- Eve Alcock, Former Students' Union President, University of Bath.

"Halpin worked with the University of Westminster during 2019 to review governance arrangements, ensuring that they were fit for purpose following a period of significant change and transformation for the University. They undertook a thorough review, interviewing a large cohort and observing a full range of Court, Committee and management meetings. Their recommendations were helpful and pragmatic and enabled us to take a high level of assurance from our existing practices as well as areas for further enhancement." 
- John Cappock, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, University of Westminster.

Governance Mentoring

Our coaching, support and expert governance guidance with Frank Toop is aimed at those with board responsibilities, and especially those that are new to their roles. Frank is a leading expert in his field and can share his valuable wealth of knowledge with you. Find out more here.

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Featured client:
UCL

Halpin Partnership was appointed in January 2020 to conduct an independent review of the effectiveness of UCL’s Council and governance arrangements. Follow the link to read our Final Report.

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Follow the link for our full report.