Board of Governors

  • The Board of Governors at the University of Northampton is recruiting new members.

    We are looking for applicants from all walks of life and professional backgrounds, and at different stages in their careers.

    Why join us?

    These quotes from our present governors should give you some ideas…

    “I thought it would be about bricks and mortar. Wrong! The University of Northampton is about what you can do to change the world around you.”

    “It’s an honour and a pleasure for me to support the University, which has an extremely strong social ethos, both in terms of its educational remit, but also in terms of its very positive local and regional economic and social impact.  It is very ambitious in its desire to make a difference to the lives of its students and to the broader community it serves.  If this appeals to you too, come and join us!”

    “The University is forging new ground for Universities in Social Impact”

    “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues on the Board and I am humbled by the broad range and depth of private and public sector expertise they bring to the University.”

    “One of the best Boards that I have served on.”

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

    Find out more

    See our brochure, which includes more information about the University, as well as the job description, person specification and how to apply.

    How to apply

    Please submit a cover letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the person specification. These should be sent to Miriam Lakin, Clerk to the Board of Governors by email at Please use the same email address for any enquiries about the role.

    The next interviews are likely to take place on the morning of 7 March 2019. In order to be considered for this date, please submit your application by Friday 1 February 2019. However, you are welcome to submit an expression of interest or a CV and cover letter at any time, as we are always keen to hear from potential future applicants.

  • Status

    The Board of Governors are the members of the Higher Education Corporation and act both as Governors and charitable trustees. There are 17 members of the Board of Governors. They are drawn from the private, public and voluntary sectors as well as from the staff and students of the University.


    The Board of Governors is responsible for:

    • the determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities
    • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University and the corporation and the safeguarding of their assets
    • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
    • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts
    • setting the framework for the pay and conditions of other staff
    • the assignment and appraisal of the posts of Vice Chancellor, and Clerk to the Board of Governors

    For further information, see the Board’s Statement of Primary Responsibilities.


    Further information regarding legal compliance can be found on our Compliance page.

  • The Board of Governors’ agendas and minutes are available for the last three academic years:

  • The Board of Governors has  the following committees:

    • Development Committee
    • Audit Committee
    • Nominations Committee
    • Academic Assurance Committee
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Treasury Committee

    Download the Terms of Reference for each committee.

  • The current board members are:

    • David Baker – Independent Governor
    • Sue Dutton – Independent Governor
    • Rafael Garcia-Krailing – President of the Students’ Union
    • Sara Goodwin – Independent Governor
    • Jeff Halliwell – Independent Governor
    • Richard Horsley – Independent Governor and Chair of Audit Committee
    • Sylvia Hughes – Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Board
    • Frank Jordan – Professional Staff Governor
    • Gemma Lovegrove – Student Governor, Vice President Education at the University of Northampton Students’ Union
    • Lee Machado – Governor nominated by Senate – Academic Staff
    • Mark Mulcahey – Independent Governor, Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee
    • Nick Petford – Ex Officio Governor Vice Chancellor
    • Martin Pettifor – Independent Governor, Senior Independent Member and Chair of Project Assurance Committee
    • Nick Pitts-Tucker – Independent Governor and Chair of Development Committee and Chair of Treasury Committee
    • Nicholas Robertson – Independent Governor
    • John Skelton – Independent Governor


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