Governance

The University's Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the University. It holds at least 6 formal meetings a year and is supported by an Audit Committee, a Remuneration Committee and a Search and Nominations Committee (SNC).

The Governors listed below were members of the Board of Governors during the 2020/21 financial year and during the 2021/22 year to date. A list of Governors' other trusteeships held during the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years is available on the Charitable Status page.

Membership of the Board of Governors:

  1. John Finnigan, Independent Governor, Chair of the Board of Governors

  2. Professor Patsy Cullen, Independent Governor, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors. Chair of the Remuneration Committee (from 12 October 2022) 

  3. Rayanna Baghazal, Elected Student Governor (from 23 November 2022) 
  4. Rozie Brindle, Students’ Union President & Student Governor ex officio (from 1 September 2022)

  5. Nikki Davis, Independent Governor, Lead Governor for Further Education & Designated Governor with responsibility for child protection issues (from 1 August 2022)

  6. Ben Warden, elected & co-opted Staff Governor

  7. James Lord, Independent Governor from 26 January 2022

  8. Sneha Khilay, Independent Governor, & Lead Governor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (from 26 January 2022) 

  9. Professor Clare Pickles, Independent Governor with expertise in the prevision of education & Senior Independent Governor

  10. Dr David Reid, Independent Governor, Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee (to 16 September 2022)

  11. Dr Sarah Taylor, Governor nominated by the Academic Board

  12. Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor & Governor ex officio

  13. Reader Mykaell Riley, Independent Governor, Chair of the Search & Nominations Committee 

  14. Noelle Rumball, Independent Governor. Chair of the Audit Committee (from 12 October 2022)

  15. Richard Dawson, Independent Governor, Lead Governor for Finance

Governors who have left the Board during the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years

Approved Minutes of the Board of Governors

Board of Governors Minutes October 2021 - November 2021
Board of Governors Minutes October 2020 - June 2021
Board of Governors Minutes October 2019 - July 2020

Board of Governors Minutes October 2018 - July 2019
Board of Governors Minutes October 2017 - July 2018
Board of Governors Minutes October 2016 - July 2017
Board of Governors Minutes October 2015 - July 2016

Terms of Reference for the Committees of the Board of Governors

Committee Terms of Reference 2021 - 2022

Approved Audit Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Minutes October 2016 - October 2021

Approved Search & Nominations Committee Minutes

Search & Nominations Committee October 2016 - June 2021

Governance Code of Practice and Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2020-21
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2019-20
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2018-19
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2017-18
Compliance Report - Code & Statement - 2016-17

Draft minutes are available on request by e-mail from the Clerk to the Board of Governors at fiona.bagchi@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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