Director of Education Practice (Partner)
Michael Wood is a Partner and Director of Education at GGI, which he joined in 2013, following a successful career in University senior management, where he occupied executive roles, combined with the duties of Board Secretary and Company Secretary over many years. Latterly, Michael held a senior position at King’s College London’s Faculty of Medicine, working closely with King’s Health Partners (the largest healthcare consortium in Europe) and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, with particular responsibility for the areas of translational research, community education, primary care and public health.
Heading up the growing GGI Education Practice, Michael was made a Partner during 2014.
Michael’s knowledge of university governance matters is substantial, having worked with a wide range of HEIs over the past two years, including Post-92, Chartered and Russell Group universities in all four UK nations. Michael uses his hands-on extensive experience to help institutions match regulatory requirements with their strategic governance and development needs.
Typical programmes of work have involved in-depth reviews of Governing Body/Senate effectiveness; providing advice and guidance on governance systems and structures; and working in partnership with institutions to develop improvement strategies.
He has also devised induction programmes for new Governors, produced self-assessment tools and governance handbooks, and is fully conversant with both the CUC and Scottish HE Codes of Good Governance. Michael maintains close links with HEFCE and other regulators to ensure the latest insights on governance thinking are considered at national levels.
Recently, Michael sat on a research advisory board working with a consortium of 30 further education colleges looking at innovative governance and still remains active in this field of enquiry.
Away from mainstream education projects, Michael continues to work with the Law Society of England & Wales and the Help4Heroes charity on governance reviews. He has also acted as interim Company Secretary for Barking, Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust, one of the largest trusts in the UK.
As part of his MBA research investigation at the University of Edinburgh, Michael specialised in organisational culture and behaviour and he continues to research this area which is central to good governance.
Personal interests include travelling, art history and music (he plays the piano badly but still carries on).