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

 

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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