Leadership and governance
The Governing Body has collective strategic responsibility for oversight of the University’s activities.
The University’s Governing Body 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 Governing Body 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 Governing Body 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 Governing Body has adopted a Statement of Primary Responsibilities. The Statement is aligned with the Higher Education Code of Governance and the registration conditions specified by the Office for Students (OfS).
Expressions of interest from those wishing to serve on the University's Governing Body are welcome all year round.
Governing Body 2021-22
Julia Unwin DBE
Chair of the Governing Body; Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee
Deputy Chair of the Governing Body; 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
This position is currently vacant pending appointment.
Governing Body Committees
The committees of the Governing Body focus on particular areas of responsibility, making decisions on behalf of the Governing Body or bringing recommendations to it for decision.
Use the links below to find out about committee membership, meetings and minutes.