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 2021-22
Julia Unwin DBE
Chair of the Board of Governors; Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee
Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors; and People Committee Chair
Audit Committee Chair
Finance and Capital Development Committee Chair
The Rt Reverend Richard Frith
Foundation Committee Chair
Mohammed Ali OBE
Professor Karen Bryan OBE
Cath Clelland MBE
The Right Reverend Paul Ferguson
The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost
Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL