Board of Governors


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
    • Project 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
    • Edward Lord
    • 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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