Governing Body

Our Governing Body has ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the University. 

Operating under Instruments and Articles of University Government, approved by the Privy Council, its broad responsibility is "for the determination of the educational character and mission of the University and the oversight of its activities."

The Governing Body's remit includes:

  • The Proper Conduct of Business
  • Strategic Planning
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Finance
  • Audit
  • Estate Management
  • Charitable Status
  • Staffing
  • Students' Union
  • Health and Safety

The Governing Body, which comprises 18 elected, appointed and co-opted members, view their profiles .

Minutes are available from past meetings: 

Read the Governing Body's Terms of Reference.

Further details about the Governing Body.

Committees

The Governing Body is made up of five committees, each with different responsibilities and expertise. View the structure. 

Read about each committee:

Members:

  • Mr S Clark (Chair)
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Mr F Martin (Finance & General Purposes)
  • Dame J Trotter (Audit)
  • Bishop T Willmott (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr C Carmichael (Human Resources)
  • Co-option (if required)

In attendance:

  • Clerk
  • Deputy Clerk

Minutes

Terms of reference

Members:

  • Dame J Trotter – Governor (Chair)
  • Ms Ruth Martin
  • Mrs Janice Shiner
  • Mr Steve Sutton - (Co-option)
  • Mr Julian Hills – (Co-option)

In attendance:

  • Clerk
  • Deputy Clerk
  • Committee Officer
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resources)
  • Director of Finance
  • Assistant Director of Finance – Accounting & Regulatory Systems

Invited:

  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Internal Auditors
  • External Auditor (when appropriate)

Minutes

Terms of reference

Members:

  • Mr Frank Martin (Chair)
  • Ms Deborah Upton
  • Mr Christopher Calcutt
  • Mr Cedric Frederick
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Student Governor

In Attendance:

  • Deputy Clerk
  • Committee Officer
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resources)
  • Director of Finance
  • Assistant Director of Finance (Accounting & Regulatory Systems)
  • Director of Facilities Management

Minutes

Terms of reference

Members:

  • Mr C Carmichael (Chair)
  • Mr C Frederick
  • Mr Q Roper
  • Staff Governor
  • Sir Ian Johnston
  • Vice-Chancellor

In attendance:

  • Clerk
  • Committee Officer
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resources)
  • Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Equality and Diversity
  • Equality and Diversity Manager

Minutes

Terms of reference

Senior management, directors and heads of department members:

  • Vice-Chancellor (Chair) - Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience)  - Professor Helen James
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) - Professor Tony Lavender
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resources) Mr Andrew Ironside
  • Dean of Arts and Humanities - Dr Keith Mclay
  • Dean of Education - Dr John Moss
  • Dean of Social and Applied Sciences - Professor Janet Haddock-Fraser
  • Dean of Health and Social Care - Mrs Debra Teasdale
  • Dean of Chapel - Dr Jeremy Law
  • Director of Information Technology - Mrs Celia Hardy
  • Head of Library Services - Mr Pete Ryan
  • Director of Learning and Teaching - Ms Sue Burkinshaw
  • Director of International Development and Partnerships - Ms Sue Kendall-Seatter
  • Director of Quality and Standards - Dr Chris Stevens

In attendance:

  • YMCA George Williams representative - Ms Maxine Green
  • Acting Director of Medway Campus - Dr Sue Plummer

Faculty members (2 from each faculty)

  • Arts and Humanities - Mr Richard Cullen
  • Arts and Humanities - Mrs Cathi Fredricks
  • Education - Ms Claire Alfrey
  • Education - Vacancy
  • Health and Social Care - Mr Peter Milburn
  • Health and Social Care Mrs Karen Lumsden
  • Social and Applied Sciences - Dr Dominic Wood
  • Social and Applied Sciences - Vacancy

Student members:

  • Students' Union President - Ms Darcy Anderson
  • Students' Union Vice-President (Welfare and Education) - Ms Hanna Coles

Committee Secretary:

  • Executive Officer - Ms Angela Osborne

Minutes

 

Contact the Governing Body

Heather McCulloch, Committee Officer

T: 01227 782311

Sandy Foster, Deputy Clerk to the Governors

T: 01227 782198

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