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
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 2014 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 2014 insofar as it is applicable to the HE sector, and for the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit.
The work of the Board of Governors is supported by three sub-committees:
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:
- Eight independent members, one vacancy (as at 1 September 2018)
- 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.
In commitment to increasing diversity at Board level, the Board of Governors has engaged with the Board Apprentice programme and has one Board Apprentice for 2018-19.
- Chris Pomfret OBE, Chair of the Board of Governors
- Charles Wace, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
- Andrew Allen, Independent Governor
- Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice Chancellor
- Mark Carne CBE, Independent Governor
- Alison Cressey, Independent Governor
- Callie Edwards, Student Governor
- Tim Jones, Independent Governor
- Professor Tanya Krzywinska, Academic Staff Governor
- Bertrand Louveaux, Independent Governor
- John Mathers, Independent Governor
- Alastair Osborn, Co-opted Professional Services Staff Governor
- Nannette Van Vliet, 2018-2019 Board Apprentice
Chris Pomfret, OBE
Chris was chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership since its...
Charles is the founder of the Twofour Group - a global media company that has built its award...
Andrew was born in 1975 and educated in Cornwall. He is a graduate in Mathematics and Statistics...
Mark Carne CBE was chief executive of Network Rail from 2014 to August 2018. During this time...
Alison Cressey is a leading advisor to global media and entertainment companies, investment...
Tim Jones is chairman of the South West Business Council (formally the Devon & Cornwall...
Professor Tanya Krzywinska
Tanya started playing computer-based games on Usenet when working at the Digital Equipment...
Bertrand was born in 1967 in Brussels, moving to the UK in the mid 1970s.
He studied at...
John has been working for almost forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number...
Join our Board
We currently have a vacancy for an independent member of the Board of Governors. For more information and to apply please download our information pack.
Please contact us if you require any further information:
Dr Robin Kirby
Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor
Secretary to the Board of Governors
Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE
T: 01326 213826
Clerk to the Boards
T: 01326 259265