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Characteristics of High Performing Boards – latest trends


The pandemic, technology, greater focus on ESG, the rise of Nextgen boards and a range of social and other forces are changing Board practice and behavior in a number of ways. Especially in relation to decision making.

The Good Governance Academy has secured Patrick Dunne for a limited number of sessions for individual boards to explore how these themes might affect their Boards and organizations.


Suitable for those across the business, public and social sector of all sizes these sessions will be highly participative and grounded in looking at the characteristics of high performing boards and how they are dealing with these issues.


These sessions would be ideal for a pre board dinner or lunch session or a board awayday.


Fees will vary depending upon the scale and nature of organizations. If you are interested in exploring whether you would like to invite Patrick to do one for you board please contact [GGA contact].


Patrick Dunne



Online and globally applicable.

These sessions would be ideal for a pre board dinner or lunch session or a board awayday.


When booking through the Good Governance Academy, all attendees will receive certificates of attendance.

Our certificates of attendance are used by most professional associations for continuing professional development purposes.


Fees vary depending on the scale and nature of your organization.

Fees range from $1,400 USD for a charity or public body and $4,100 USD for a business. 

If logistically possible, Patrick can also be requested in-person in which case associated expenses are in addition.

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Patrick Dunne OBE

Experienced Chair, Serial social entrepreneur, VC and PE Investor.

Chair of board consultancy Boardelta and the charities Royal Voluntary Service and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa.

Patrick’s executive experience was with Air Products and with FTSE 100 private equity 3i Group plc where during a 26 year career as an investor and leader he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chair of its Operational Risk forum.

Patrick has helped Chairs across a wide range of sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America to transform the effectiveness of their boards through Boardelta. A member of the Higgs review and author of the award winning “Boards” he has also helped to establish many successful courses on board skills including for the BVCA, Invest Europe and the Financial Times.

He has a passion for education and is a former member of the General Council of the University of Warwick, a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. He is also a former Chair of the Oversight Board for the Chartered Management Consultant and trustee of the Chartered Management Institute.

He was also the founding chair of the EY Foundation, Chaired Leap Confronting Conflict and smart materials business D3O and was the founder of Warwick in Africa a volunteer led charity which is transforming maths and English teaching in slums and areas of rural poverty in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania.

Patrick was awarded an OBE in the King’s 2023 Birthday Honours list for services to charity and philanthropy in Africa and the UK.

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