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Governance and Structure

​​​​​The University Executive Committee is responsible for all matters associated with the development and management of the university.

Governance and Nominations Committee terms of reference

Last updated: 3 November 2021

Terms of reference

The Committee is responsible to Council for the following main functions:

  1. To consider and make recommendations to Council on any matter(s) of Governance that may be remitted to it or which are brought to its attention from other sources. In this area the Committee should consider appropriate examples of good practice both in the public and private sectors.
  2. To notify Council of vacancies in its membership, and on its committees, and to ensure the integrity of the Councilapproved selection processes. The Committee is to satisfy itself that its recommendations fulfil Council needs in terms of the agreed criteria for appointment. The Committee is also to satisfy itself that a nominee recommended to Council is aware of his/her responsibilities, is not disbarred by any provision of the Articles of Association, other legal requirements, the provisions of the Charities Act and is prepared to serve if elected. The Committee may also make recommendations to
    Council to fill agreed vacancies for co-opted membership of Council Committees and Working Groups.
  3. To ensure that Council and its Committees undergo regular reviews of effectiveness and to recommend performance indicators by which Council may monitor its effectiveness.
  4. To consider equality, diversity, and inclusion issues arising from the remit of the Committee.
  5. To consider Risk Assessment issues arising from the remit of the Committee and to recommend, or implement, action as appropriate.

Specific Responsibility for Review of Council Area of Activity
The work of Council
Mode of Operation
Chair: Chair of Council or his/her nominee from the membership of Council
Vice Chair: Member of Council
Officer: University Secretary and Registrar
Quorum: See after membership
Frequency of Meetings: 2 times per year
Reporting Line: University Council
Current Sub-Committees: None
Submission /Availability of Minutes: Minutes are held by the University
Secretary and Registrar, and published on the University website.

Governance and Nominations Committee

Chair of Council (or his/her nominee from the membership of Council) and three External members of Council. The Vice-Chancellor is also a member.

MembershipAppointment Dates
Chair of Council (Chair)
Nicola de longh
Member of Council
Steve Gardiner
Member of Council (Vice Chair)
Stephen Maycock
Member of Council
Julie Walkling
Vice Chancellor
Stephen Marston
Representative of Academic Board
Dr Adeela Shafi

Apr 19 – Sep 23

Jun 20 – Jun 24

Oct 17 – Oct 25

Aug 21 – Jul 25

Dec 19 – Dec 21
MembershipAppointment dates
Chair of Council (Chair)Nicola de IonghApr 19 – Sep 23
Member of CouncilSteve GardinerJun 20 – Jun 24
Member of Council (Vice Chair)Stephen MaycockOct 17 – Oct 25
Member of CouncilJulie WalklingAug 21 – Jul 25
Senior Independent GovernorPeter WarryEx Officio
Vice-ChancellorStephen MarstonEx Officio
Representative of Academic BoardDr Adeela ShafiDec 19 – Sept 23
In attendance:
Senior Independent GovernorDr Peter WarryOct 21 – Feb 24

The Committee shall be quorate when at least two External members of Council are present. Where the Committee is, or becomes during the meeting, inquorate, Council will be informed of these circumstances at its next meeting. The Committee Chair shall decide whether:
a. to adjourn with immediate effect with a Special Meeting being summoned as soon as conveniently it may be or,
b. to continue to conduct business with decisions only being agreed by correspondence.

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