Ensuring the future leadership of the board is essential to good governance, and to support those governing in this requirement, the National Governance Association (NGA) has launched a new e-Learning module.

Available through Learning Link, this highly-practical module provides guidance to governing boards in preparing and reviewing a succession plan for chairing roles on their board and ensuring continuity within their organisation by having the right people in the right place at the right time.

A series of interactive activities and scenarios challenges users to consider what good chairing looks like, how to develop a culture of succession in the context of their board, and how they can develop governors/trustees to prepare them for future leadership.

The module, which takes 40 minutes to complete, will help learners to:

  • Understand the importance and principles of succession planning
  • Review the characteristics of good chairing
  • Reflect on barriers that might hinder succession planning
  • Develop a suitable structure for succession with their own board
  • Become equipped with takeaway tools, strategies and knowledge to plan for the future of their board.

Building on the well-received ‘preparing your board for the future’ guidance, NGA’s in-house governance recruitment and retention experts developed the Succession Planning module which is funded by the Department for Education through Inspiring Governance. NGA’s focus on succession planning is founded in its delivery of the Future Chairs service which helps governing boards that will need a chair, vice-chair or committee chair within a year to connect with volunteers with the right skills and willingness to take on a leadership role.

The NGA team have also created an interactive workshop on succession planning which to date has been delivered across 10 local authorities from Cumbria to East Sussex and at NGA’s recent regional member conferences, directly reaching over 450 governance volunteers and professionals, with more events planned.

Simon Richards, Chairs Development Manager at the National Governance Association said, “Succession planning needs to be embedded as a natural part of governing board practice to avoid the difficult moment where everyone looks at the floor when someone needs to step forward as chair. Transforming this into a positive, proactive and planned moment will really contribute to good governance and improve the leadership of boards. I am delighted to see our guidance on succession planning come to life through this module, and I encourage all governors and trustees irrespective of their roles to complete it, reflecting on their own thoughts before adding succession planning to their board’s agenda.”

Login or subscribe to Learning Link to take the module.

If you are interested in NGA delivering a fully-funded workshop on succession planning at your governor/trustee event, email Simon Richards to discuss.

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