Governing Body of Canterbury Christ Church University



Appointing Body Membership
Archbishop of Canterbury (2) *Mr D Kemp
  *Dame Janet Trotter
Canterbury Diocesan Education Committee (1) *Revd N Genders
(Director of Education – Ex officio)  
Board of Education of the Archbishops *Revd J Ainsworth
Council (normally its Chief Education Officer) (1)  
Bishop of Dover or his nominee (1) *Bishop T Willmott
Bishop of Rochester or his nominee (1) Bishop J Langstaff
Permanent FT Teaching Staff (1) Mr P Jones
Permanent FT Support Staff (1) Mr P Sims
Academic Board (1) Dr C Bull
Students (1) Miss S Rasca
Co-opted (13 of whom 10 shall be *) *Mrs S Hohler
  *Miss R Chinnadurai
  *Mr C Carmichael
  *Mr S Clark
  *Mr P Hermitage
  *Mr C Calcutt
  *Mr T McDonald
  *Ven S Watson
  Mr F Martin
  Mr C Frederick
  Ms D Upton
  Mr C Byrne
  Ms R Turner
Vice-Chancellor *Professor R Baker
Deputy Vice-Chancellor *Vacancy

* Member of C of E or a Church in Communion with the C of E

Note:    The Governing Body shall, when complete, consist of not more than 25 persons, not less than three-fifths of whom shall be members of the Church of England and at least two-fifths of whom shall have experience of, and have shown capacity in, industrial, commercial or employment matters or in the practice of any profession, this latter proportion to be drawn from members other than the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Staff Governors and Student Governor.


Eleven (11), of whom six (6) *

Reporting Relationships:    

The Governing Body is the body with ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the University.


Clerk to the Governing Body

In Attendance by Invitation

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Strategic Director (Resources)

Pro-Vice Chancellor (External Relations)

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students)

Frequency of meetings:

Four (4) per annum

Terms of Reference/Statement of Primary Responsibilities


To be responsible:

    for the effective and efficient use of resources, and for safeguarding assets, taking advice from the Finance and General Purposes Committee;

       for setting a framework for the appointment, assignment, grading, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of staff other than designated senior staff, for the guidance of the Employment and Staffing Sub-Committee and/or the Vice-Chancellor as appropriate;

       for ensuring the effective management of the institution and for planning its future development;

       for observing the highest standards of corporate governance. To ensure and demonstrate integrity and objectivity in the transaction of its business and, wherever possible, following a policy of openness and transparency in the dissemination of its decisions;

       for ensuring that funds provided by the Funding Council are used in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the Funding Council’s Financial Memorandum;

     for ensuring, through the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Audit Committee, the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability including financial and operational controls and risk assessment;

       for taking such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that the Students’ Union operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances (The Education Act 1994);

       for the health and safety of employees, students and other individuals whilst on the institution’s premises and in other places where they may be affected by its operations. Including ensuring that the institution has a written statement of policy on health and safety and arrangements for the implementation of that policy, including the establishment of a Health and Safety Committee with trade union and staff representation;

      for eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between different groups.


To be responsible:

       for the determination of the educational character and mission of the University including the approval of the University’s Strategic Plan and the setting of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);

       for the approval of the annual estimates of income and expenditure;

       for ensuring the solvency of the institution and the safeguarding of its assets;

      for the appointment or dismissal of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Clerk to the Governing Body;

     for ensuring that there are suitable arrangements for monitoring the Vice-Chancellor’s performance;

       for the varying or revoking of the Instrument or Articles of Government (subject to provisions within those documents in regard to the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Department for Education);

       for ensuring compliance with Company and Charity law, and in particular the duties of Directors under the Companies Act 2006

       for the appointment of external auditors;

       for receiving and approving annual accounts (financial statements) after they have been audited by the external auditors, and for forwarding the external auditors’ management letter to the Funding Council;

       for approving the constitution of the student body (Students’ Union) and receiving the audited accounts of that body on an annual basis;

       for reviewing its own effectiveness and performance at regular intervals;

       for regularly monitoring the performance of the institution against its planned strategies and operational targets including those contained in approved KPIs.



P Bogle

Clerk to the Governing Body           

Last Revised January 2006

Membership list updated October 2009
Membership list updated August 2010