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Sub Committees of the Board

 There are six main sub-committees which act under delegated authority from the Board, considering and determining specific matters on its behalf. 

Audit Committee

Members: Ms Sally Beavan (Chair), Mr Joe Bates, Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, Professor Graham Henderson CBE, Mr Hugh Jones, Mr Andrew Jowett OBE, Ms Nicola Bartley (co-opted member), Mr Nick Longley (co-opted member)
Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

The Audit Committee regularly reviews the effectiveness of strategic risk management in relation to the University's activities and advises the Board of Governors on elements of the University's annual financial statements, including the auditors' formal opinion and the statement of internal control. The Committee also advises the Board on the appointment of the internal and external auditors and monitors their performance and effectiveness. It seeks to assure the Board that the University has satisfactory arrangements in place to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness (value for money).

Finance Committee

Members: Mr Joe Kelly (Chair), Mr Ian Burke, Mr Mark Hopton, Mr Glenn Howells, Mr Peter Philips, Professor Philip Plowden, Mr Neil Jones (Co-opted member)
Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

The Finance Committee advises the Board on matters concerned with the financial solvency of the University and safeguarding its assets. It also advises the Board on the annual financial statements, the approval of annual budgets of income and expenditure and the determination and implementation of the estates strategy. The Committee has overall governance responsibility for monitoring the implementation of the University’s fundraising strategy and any associated campaigns and oversees the gifts, benefactions, legacies, donations and trusts of which the University is a Trustee.

Honorary Awards (Joint Committee with Academic Board)

Members:  Professor Philip Plowden (Chair), Professor Julian Beer, Ms Victoria Bennett-Salvador (President of the Students' Union), Professor Alison Honour, Mr Mark Hopton, Mr Joe Kelly, Professor Maxine Lintern, Professor Clare Mackie

Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

The Honorary Awards Committee advises the Academic Board and the Board of Governors on the criteria and procedures for the nomination and conferment of honorary awards and considers proposed nominations against the approved criteria and eligibility rules. 

HR Committee

Members: Ms Sue Hall (Chair), Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, Mr Mark Hopton, Mr Joe Kelly, Professor Philip Plowden, Ms Tracy Westall
Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

The Human Resources Committee considers and determines matters in respect of the University's human resources including determination of the overall framework for the pay and conditions of staff.  The Committee considers employment-related strategies and policies together with issues relating to staff engagement and morale, performance management and people development, equality and diversity and health and safety.

Nominations and Governance

Members: Mr Mark Hopton (Chair), Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, Mr Joe Kelly, Professor Philip Plowden, Mr Parmjit Singh, Ms Tracy Westall
Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

The Nominations and Governance Committee advises on all matters relating to the process of the appointment of governors, this is done in accordance with the Instrument of Government. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board on policies in relation to Board composition, regulations governing the election of members and/or nominees and ensures a balance of membership.

In accordance with the University's Standing Orders, minutes of the meetings for the Nominations and Governance Committee are confidential.

Remuneration Committee

Members: Ms Sue Hall (Chair), Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, Mr Mark Hopton, Mr Joe Kelly, Ms Tracy Westall
Committee Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

Within the overall framework for the pay and conditions of service of staff the Remuneration Committee has responsibility for reviewing the pay and conditions of service, pension provision and severance arrangements of senior staff (including the Vice-Chancellor and the Clerk to the Board of Governors) as defined by the Office for Students. The Committee is also responsible for producing the annual report to the Board of Governors and the annual remuneration statement as required by the CUC Code of Governance.