Great boards embrace opportunities for third-party scrutiny because they know it will give them precious insights about their own strengths and weaknesses.

They know that opening themselves up to a governance review every three years is a hallmark of good practice.

Governance reviews give boards an invaluable 360º view of themselves, improved decision-making, better strategic delivery, a clear path for improvement, and protection from insular thinking.

Governance reviews help boards understand whether or not they are achieving the good governance outcomes they desire.

If boards are achieving their desired outcomes, governance will provide external validation, offering peace of mind.

If they aren’t, governance reviews provide a clear understanding of why not and highlight a path for improvement, which can be just as reassuring.

GGI governance reviews are led by our partners, who bring many years of board and operational experience to their work.

Between them, the GGI partners have run NHS trusts, founded private companies and a social enterprise, lectured on governance, run devolved government departments and acted as trusted advisors during the coronavirus pandemic, including being sought out to support the deployment of a Nightingale hospital.

GGI has offered governance advice to many NHS trusts, reviewing more than 600 boards over the past 12 years. We have also worked extensively with integrated care systems, educational establishments, sporting bodies, and many other private, public and third sector clients.

GGI reviews are informed not only by the experts who lead them but by the knowledge we develop with non-executive directors, chairs and senior leaders from numerous sectors every day.

This approach gives us an in-depth understanding of operational governance below board level. The best board reviews are those that take a holistic approach to connect service, divisional, cultural and care groups with a board or organisational review.

"Richard Watts Charities appointed the Good Governance Institute to carry out their first ever external governance review. The team had a very professional approach and carried out detailed interviews of Trustees, Staff and Advisers along with reviewing samples of the administrative procedures and policies. We received a very comprehensive report and a clear presentation on the outcomes of the review and recommendations which we are following up ...

Alex Clarabut

Chair

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As our partners, GGI have delivered a capability and capacity review of the Board and executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust as part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust relationship. They are professional, flexible and have an excellent grasp of the challenges facing major acute trusts, particularly in the complex and challenged political and operational environments.

Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith

Chair

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT) have been working with GGI for around eight months now; the core part of this work is a review of our Trust governance and assurance structures and processes. The GGI team have acted with professionalism and integrity throughout this period. Each phase of the programme has been conducted at pace but with the relevant evaluation processes in place to ensure sustainability for the future and longe...

Aaron Cummins

Chief Executive

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What is a governance review?

Governance reviews help boards understand whether or not they are achieving the good governance outcomes they desire.

If boards are achieving their desired outcomes, governance will provide external validation, offering peace of mind.

If they aren’t, governance reviews provide a clear understanding of why not and highlight a path for improvement, which can be just as reassuring.

Why are governance reviews important?

Good governance is not about completing checklists, it is about achieving desired outcomes.

Governance reviews give boards:

  • an invaluable 360º view of themselves

  • improved decision-making

  • better strategic delivery

  • a clear path for improvement

  • protection from insular thinking.

What makes a GGI governance review?

Our reviews are different. Each one is led by a GGI partner, working with a select team of consultants. Our partners bring many years of experience serving on boards and they have a deep understanding of the mechanics and dynamics of good governance.

Our approach to governance reviews is to do them with you, not to you.

Whether you are focused on compliance or looking at development and improvement we will work with you to design a review of the overall compliance or effectiveness of your governance, culture and core processes, or one that’s focused on specific services, functions or departments.

Our reviews are fully customised to the needs of each organisation. We use bespoke, independently validated tools and methodologies, which we continually develop with clients.

What approach does GGI take to governance reviews?

Our reviews are based on the principles laid out in the King IV report, which defines corporate governance as the exercise of ethical and effective leadership by the governing body towards the achievement of four governance outcomes:

  • Ethical culture

  • Good performance

  • Effective control

  • Legitimacy

These are the cornerstones of good governance. But it’s about more than principles for GGI, it’s about practice.

How quickly can GGI start a governance review?

Rapidly. We are known for our ability to mobilise and deliver quickly and effectively, and for our flexible and agile approach.

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