Board of Governors

About the Board

The Board of Governors are the members of the Higher Education Corporation and are governors and charitable trustees. They are drawn from the private, public and voluntary sectors as well as from the staff and students of the University.

The Board has up to 23 members. A majority of its members must be independent of the University. The independent members donate their time to the University. The Vice-Chancellor is a member of the Board. There are two further staff governors, and two student governors.


Members of the Board of Governors

Register of Interests

The Work of the Board

The Board’s Statement of Responsibilities sets out what it is responsible for, and how it will carry out those responsibilities.

The Board has established committees to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Infrastructure and Resources Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • People, Culture, Quality and Standards Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

See the Committee terms of reference for information about the remit of each committee

  • Board minutes and meeting agendas are available to view:

  • The Board has adopted the following national governance principles, codes, and standards and conducts its business in accordance with them:

    The seven principles have been incorporated into the Board’s Code of Conduct for its members

  • “The University of Northampton is about what you can do to change the world around you.”

    “The University is forging new ground for universities in social impact.”

    “If you get involved, you can really make a difference.”

    These are words from our current governors. If you want to be part of a University whose mission is to transform lives and inspire change, then consider joining the University of Northampton’s Board of Governors.

    As a governor and trustee, you will help to lead the development of the University, overseeing its strategy and long-term future. You will bring your skills, experience and a broader perspective help the University ensure that it continues to fulfil its mission. In return you will build your professional profile and networks, working alongside a strong and supportive team of your fellow governors and staff.

    We seek a diverse range of skills derived from a range of occupations and professions, and from candidates at different points in their careers.

    We value diversity and the range and depth that it brings to our University. We believe strongly that having Board members from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds ensures the diversity of thought and rigour of debate which characterises a high-performing Board.  We are keen to continue diversifying the membership of the Board. Applications from women, those with global ethnic minority backgrounds, with declared disabilities, and LBGTIQ candidates are warmly received. We also seek a broad and diverse range of previous professional and personal skills and experiences. Appointments to the Board take account of the personal and professional skills and experience of applicants in the context of the overall composition of the Board.

    For further information about the University and becoming a governor please email We are not currently seeking applications, however, we are always keen to hear from those who would be interested in joining the Board in the future.

    Board positions are voluntary. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed, which could include cover for caring responsibilities.

  • The Clerk to the Board of Governors is Miriam Lakin.

    Miriam can be contacted at

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