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University Executive Board

Membership 2022/23

The Vice-Chancellor (Chair)

Professor Stuart Croft

The Provost

Professor Emma Flynn

The Registrar

Rachel Sandby-Thomas

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Professor Lorenzo Frigerio

Professor Caroline Meyer

Professor Michael Scott

The Group Finance Director

Rosie Drinkwater

The Commercial Director

Chris Hunt

The Secretary to Council

Dr Chris Twine

The Chief Information and Transformation Officer

Raja-Saleem Javaid

The Chief Communications Officer

Ajay Teli

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Terms of Reference

    1. To provide active and visible leadership.

    2. To provide strategic direction for the allocation of resources.

    To oversee:

    3. The implementation of the University strategy, including the coordination of strategic planning and resourcing, and the monitoring of key performance metrics, on behalf of the Senate and the Council.

    4. Performance and risk management through the Strategic Risk Register and agreed KPIs/dashboards etc.

    5. The financial position of the University on a quarterly basis:

    (i) the University’s income and expenditure, balance sheet, cashflow, commitments and performance against grant funding commitments.

    (ii) the forward trajectory of the University’s financial position and to ensure actions are taken to ensure the year end position is at budget.

    (iii) actions taken to improve adverse variances and trends and take other mitigating actions as required.

    6. The Remuneration Strategy of the University in respect of:

    (i) level 1 to 9 staff and to monitor that it meets its objective to attract, retain and motivate staff.

    (ii) The equality data in relation to all performance-related pay schemes and to approve equality payments which may have been identified.

    (iii) The University’s Pay Gap reports for Gender, Ethnicity and Disability.

    (iv) Any major changes in employee benefits structures throughout the University.

    To approve:

    7. Major operational decisions.

    8. Spend from the non-academic equipment fund and Covid mitigation budget.

    9. The design of, and determine targets for, any performance‐related pay schemes operated by the company and approve the total annual payments made under such schemes i.e. Merit Pay, Senior Performance Remuneration Review, Recognition Scheme and other approved performance related schemes in operation in relation to the commercial business of the University.

    10. The policy framework for awarding market supplements which may be required in very exceptional cases.

    To recommend or report to the Council and the Senate relating to:

    11. The academic, social and physical aspects of planning for the development of the University.

    12. Assurance that the required standards of accountability and legal and regulatory compliance are being achieved.

    13. Clear transmission of the views of the Senate to the Council in matters for which the statutory responsibility is laid on the Council.

    To recommend or report to the Finance and General Purposes Committee relating to:

    14. Quarterly financial performance.

    To recommend or report to the Remuneration Committee:

    15. An Annual Report on the work of the Committee, specific to Remuneration.

    To receive:

    Reports from the Steering Committee, Strategic Risk Advisory BoardLink opens in a new window, Policy Oversight GroupLink opens in a new window, University Health and Safety Executive CommitteeLink opens in a new window, University Information Management Executive CommitteeLink opens in a new window, the Strategic Priorities Oversight Committee, the Wellesbourne Management Investment BoardLink opens in a new window, the Financial Control and Compliance Group and the Campus South Programme Board.

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    Reporting Structure

    The University Executive Board provides reports to both the Senate and the Council.

    Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

    The University Executive Board has several associated committees which report on an ad-hoc basis, namely: the Environment and Social Sustainability Action GroupLink opens in a new window, Professional Services MonthlyLink opens in a new window, the Workforce Wellbeing Strategy Group and the Student Wellbeing Strategy Group.

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    Secretary: Sarah Wall, Executive Officer

    Assistant Secretary: Governance Team via 

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    Dates of meetings of the University Executive Board can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

    The Timetable is published and updated online and should be referred to when verifying arrangements through the academic year.

    The deadline to submit papers for a University Executive Board meeting taking place on a Monday, is 9am on the previous Wednesday. Please note that the paper should utilise the University Executive Board templates (top right on this page) and should be the final version, approved by the relevant executive lead.

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