The Board Of Governors
The Board of Governors of the University, which meets formally at least five times a year, are responsible for but limited to the determination of the educational character and objectives of the University, the oversight of its activities, the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University, for safeguarding its assets and for approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
The University’s Board of Governors comprises persons appointed under the University’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, which were adopted by the Board of Governors on 16 March 2011.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the appointment and removal of the external auditor and outsourced internal audit providers.
The Board of Governors comprises seven independent diocesan appointed members (non- executive), six independent co-opted members (non- executive), five academic governors, two professional services staff governors, one independent former student governor and one student governor. The Diocesan Governors of the Board are appointees of the Church of England by the Winchester Diocesan Synod. The student governor holds office until the end of the academic year in which the student governor is appointed or until their appointment by the students comes to an end, whichever is sooner. Other Governors (not being Governors ex-officio) hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment up to a maximum of three terms, of three years each in total.
The Clerk to the Board - Stephen Dowell, Clerk@winchester.ac.uk
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 8 September, 24 November, 26 January, 30 March, 6 July
The Board has delegated to the Standing Committee the primary responsibility for reviewing all aspects of strategic planning, estates strategy, academic affairs, student affairs and all financial matters. The Committee undertakes a detailed review of the annual budget and makes recommendations to the Board for its approval or further revisions.
It is responsible for the annual review of the five-year financial forecast, monitors financial and management accounts at each meeting and is responsible for the monitoring of treasury management policy and options.
- Mary Edwards
- Chris Gaskell
- Jane Jessop
- Andrew Robinson
- Mark Thistlethwayte
- David Williams
- Liz Stuart
- Gavin Hunter
- Lesley Black
- Charis McCobb
- Emile Bojesen
- Magnus Bashaarat
- Professor Sarah Greer
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 25 October, 28 February, 6 June
Risk and Audit Committee
The Risk and Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the audit aspects of the University’s financial statements, reviews the audit plans and the final audit reports. It considers the appropriateness of the internal auditor's risk assessment and audit plans and reviews reports from them on their investigations. It monitors the implementation of all agreed audit-based recommendations.
The Committee is responsible for exercising governor oversight and reporting to the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s risk management strategy, control and governance, the management and quality assurance of data submitted to the Office for Students, Higher Education Statistics Agency, Student Loans Company, and other funding bodies. The Committee also satisfies itself that suitable arrangements are in place to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness. It considers reports from the Office for Students as they affect the University’s business and monitors adherence with regulatory requirements.
Members of the Committee do not have executive authority and whilst senior managers attend meetings of the Committee, they are not members. The Committee Chair is not a member of any other sub-committee of the Board. The Committee meets once a year without the external and internal auditors to consider performance and to advise the Board on the appointment of auditors. It is entitled to meet at least once a year with the external and internal auditors without any University officers present.
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 9 November, 15 March, 14 June
The Nominations Committee regularly reviews which skills, knowledge and experience the Board requires. It leads the process for recruiting and recommending candidates to the Board to fill vacant Governor positions on the Board.
It is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing processes for the recruitment and selection of the Chancellor, independent Governors, the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Board, the Vice- Chancellor, and members of the Designated Staff. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board about the membership of Board Committees and those University Committees with Governor representation, seeking to ensure that committees have a balanced and appropriate range of members. It also develops, and oversees the implementation of the induction, training and development of Governors.
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 27 September, 31 January, 16 May
Human Resources Committee
This committee is responsible for the governance of employment-related matters. It sets the framework for the pay and conditions and development for our staff, as well as the procedures for their appointment. The Committee also receives recommendations from management arising from negotiations between the University and the recognised Unions and submits recommendations to the Board of Governors as appropriate. Recommendations from the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association on conditions of service are received and discussed at this committee. This committee serves as a point of contact for the recognised Trade Unions, and is also responsible for hearing any employment appeals on behalf of the Board of Governors.
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 12 October, 15 February, 24 May
The Foundation Committee is responsible for monitoring and making recommendations on matters related to our Christian foundation to the Board. It annually monitors the interpretation and execution of the University’s Mission, Values, Strategic Plan and Foundation Strategy, and fosters wider development of awareness and debate on matters of faith, and positive relations between faith communities, the Diocese of Winchester, the Cathedral, the local parish and beyond. This committee also organises and manages the programme of Foundation events and receives regular reports from the Chaplaincy, the Centre for Music and the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy and other University reports where appropriate.
Meeting dates for 2021/22: 5 October, 8 February, 21 June