Governance

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University governance is the constitutional forms and processes through which we govern our affairs. The Board of Governors is the most senior committee in the University's governance structure.

Board of Governors

About us 

Established in accordance with the University's Articles and Instrument of Government, the University's Board of Governers meets six times a year. Its responsibilities are outlined in The Statement of Primary Responsibilities.   

The Board operates in accordance with the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance 2020 and Higher Education Senior Staff Remuneration Code, both of which have been formally adopted. The Board also operates in accordance with the seven principles identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership), and with due regard for both the UK Corporate Governance Code 2018 insofar as it is applicable to the HE sector, and for the Charity Commission's guidance on public benefit.

Subcommittees

The work of the Board of Governors is supported by four sub-committees: 

Membership

The constitution of the Board of Governors is determined by the Instrument of Government.   

The majority of members are drawn from outside of the University and are referred to as independent members. The Board has a total of 13 members as follows: 

  • Nine independent members
  • One academic staff governor 
  • One student governor – the serving President of the Students’ Union 
  • One co-opted professional services staff governor 
  • The Vice-Chancellor 

The profile of membership reflects the experience and expertise required for the University to meet its statutory obligations and to achieve its strategic aims and objectives. The membership is subject to regular review against a matrix of expertise and experience. 

Our Governors

  • Chris Pomfret OBE, Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Charles Wace, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Professor Emma Hunt, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
  • Alison CresseyIndependent Governor
  • Vicky Gosling, Co-opted Professional Services Staff Governor
  • Mandy Jandrell, Academic Staff Governor
  • Tim Jones, Independent Governor
  • Duncan Leslie, Independent Governor
  • John Mathers, Independent Governor
  • Helen Owers, Independent Governor
  • Ben Statham-Wilkins, Student Governor
  • Professor Keith Straughan, Independent Governor

Chris Pomfret OBE

Chair of the Board of Governors

Chris was chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership since its incepti...

Chris Pomfret OBE

Charles Wace

Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors

Charles is the founder of the Twofour Group - a global media company that has built its award winnin...

Charles Wace

Professor Emma Hunt

Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive

Professor Emma Hunt joined Falmouth University as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive in January 202...

Professor Emma Hunt

Alison Cressey

Independent Governor

Alison Cressey is a leading advisor to global media and entertainment companies, investment banks an...

Alison Cressey

Vicky Gosling

Staff Governor

Vicky joined Falmouth University in July 2016 from Bournemouth University, where she was Implementat...

Vicky Gosling

Mandy Jandrell

Staff Governor

Mandy Lee Jandrell is an internationally exhibiting artist working with installation, photography an...

Mandy Jandrell

Tim Jones

Independent Governor

Tim Jones is chairman of the South West Business Council (formally the Devon & Cornwall Business...

Tim Jones

Duncan Leslie

Independent Governor

Duncan is a PKF Francis Clark corporate audit partner living in Cornwall focused mainly on larger or...

Duncan Leslie

John Mathers

Independent Governor

John has been working for almost forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of m...

John Mathers

Helen Owers

Independent Governor

Helen has extensive senior executive experience in the media and creative industries. She was Presid...

Helen Owers

Ben Statham-Wilkins

Student Governor

Ben is the elected Students' Union President for Falmouth University and Student Governor for 2021-2...

Ben Statham-Wilkins

Professor Keith Straughan

Independent Governor

Keith has enjoyed a long career in both academia and business.Trained first as a pure physicist, Kei...

Professor Keith Straughan

Join our Board

We are currently recruiting to fill forthcoming vacancies for Independent Members of our Board of Governors. For details of the vacancies and how to apply, please download our information pack.

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information:

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Dr Robin Kirby staff image

Dr Robin Kirby

Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Secretary to the Board of Governors. 

 

E: robin.kirby@falmouth.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1326 213826

Dr Robin Kirby
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Robyn Wyatt Staff image

Robyn Wyatt

Committee Business Manager, Vice-Chancellor's Office.

 

E: robyn.wyatt@falmouth.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1326 259265

Robyn Wyatt