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Leadership and governance

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has collective strategic responsibility for oversight of the University’s activities.

The University's Board of Governors brings together appointed people from different backgrounds, including the public and private sectors, the Church, education, and the voluntary and community sector. It also has representatives drawn from the University’s staff, and its student body.

Together, Governors are the stewards of the mission and purpose of the University. The Board of Governors constructively hold the University to account for its decisions, and has statutory responsibilities to oversee various elements of its work, including its annual budget. It steers, shapes and supports the direction of the University. The Board of Governors meets in full three times a year.

You can read more about the University's vision and mission in its 2026 Strategy here: 2026 Strategy

The Board of Governors has adopted a Statement of Primary Responsibilities: Statement of Primary Responsibilities 2021-22 (PDF, 83 kB)

The Statement is aligned with the Higher Education Code of Governance and the registration conditions specified by the Office for Students (OfS).

Board of Governors 2023-24

Governor Julia Unwin

Julia Unwin DBE

Chair of the Board of Governors; Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee

Governor Neil Braithwaite

Neil Braithwaite

Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors; Finance and Capital Development Committee Chair; Remuneration Committee Chair

Governor Jen Adams

Jennifer Adams

Audit Committee Chair

Governor Alison Davies

Alison Davies

People Committee Chair

Governor Richard Frith

The Rt Reverend Richard Frith

Foundation Committee Chair

Governor Mohammed Ali

Mohammed Ali OBE


Vice Chancellor Karen Bryan

Professor Karen Bryan OBE

Vice Chancellor

The Very Reverend Dominic Barrington


Governor Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang


Governor Pauline Waterhouse

Pauline Waterhouse OBE


Governor Brian Chiyesu

Brian Chiyesu


The Right Reverend Paul Ferguson


Governor Mark Fordyce 2021

Mark Fordyce


Governor Graham Henderson

Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL


Dr Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi

Staff governor

Governor Matt Blackstock

Matt Blackstock

Student Governor

Andy Falconer


Contact the Board of Governors

If you would like to contact the Board of Governors please email Kathryn Kendon: