Governance team

Working alongside the University Secretary’s Office, and the Strategic Planning Strategy & Change team, the role of the University Governance team is to oversee the overall effectiveness of the University's governance and compliance structures and to ensure the integrity of the conduct of the University in pursuit of its strategic goals and ambitions.

The team provides advice to the Board of Trustees, Senate, the Vice-Chancellor and President and the executive leadership team, ensuring that they gain the advice and assurances required to fulfil their statutory and regulatory responsibilities. The collective responsibilities of the Governance team, the University Secretary’s Office and the Strategic Planning Strategy & Change team, include work in the area of strategy development, policy and processes, key performance indicators, risk management, data protection, freedom of information, records management, and best practice governance and legal advice. The collective responsibility of the different teams is also to co-ordinate responses to sector consultations, work to influence and support higher education policy and governance best practice & development nationally, and support initiatives in the University to innovate and change practice in pursuit of the University Strategy.

The day to day role of the Governance team specifically is to provide support for all meetings of the Board of Trustees and Senate, and their committees, as well as meetings of the University Executive Board and University Management Team. We are responsible for reviewing, advising on and maintaining the University's constitution (Charter, Statutes and Regulations), as well as the membership of committees of Senate and the Board of Trustees. The Governance team also provides support and advice to University subsidiaries. The corporate calendar of University committee meetings is maintained by the Governance team.

You can contact the Governance team at, and one of the team will assist you or refer you as appropriate (University Staff may wish to check our SharePoint site for more information). Alternatively, if you have a specific enquiry you might want to contact us as follows:

Head of Governance & Executive Support - Hannah Quinn

Hannah has worked for the University since 2008, initially in School & Faculty Education roles and has been Head of Governance since July 2019. Hannah manages the Governance Team and the Executive Support for the Senior Team, including

Hannah has specific responsibility for the Board of Trustees, including supporting and advising the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and other non-executive directors.
(0117 42) 83168

Deputy Head of Governance & Executive Support - Lucy Barling and Shana Johnson (job share)

The Deputy Head of Governance & Executive Support deputises for the Head of Governance & Executive Support as and when required, fulfilling the full range of responsibilities associated with that post. The role provides leadership to the Governance Team, ensuring it offers a professional governance service to the University’s key governance and executive bodies; we ensure that the University’s governance structures and processes operate in conformity with the University’s constitution, as well as audit, regulatory and other compliance requirements; and we ensure best practice in respect of committee servicing – sharing it across the Division and the University, so that a consistently high quality of support is provided for University committees and decision-making. We provide oversight of the Governance Team to ensure that its services are delivered on time, to cost and to the right quality (process/technical oversight) and consistently provide high-quality advice to the University’s Senior Executive and others regarding good governance practice and constitutional/regulatory compliance.

Lucy works part-time, Monday - Wednesday, Shana works part-time Wednesday - Friday
(0117 42) 83169

Senior Governance Officer - Helen Cole

Helen is the Secretary to both the University's Nominations Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.  She is also responsible for managing the Board of Trustees' Register of Interest and for delivering training on Committee Servicing to University colleagues.
(0117 42) 83171

Assistant Governance Officer - Asha Sahni

Asha supports the University’s executive governance with particular responsibility for University Executive Board (UEB) and University Management Team (UMT) meetings. She has a particular interest in equality and diversity and embedding this in executive governance. Asha works 4 days a week.
(0117 42) 84199

Governance Administrators - Charlotte Hughes and Sarah Marshall

Charlotte and Sarah are the Administrators in the Governance team, and the initial point of contact for most governance-related enquiries. They have a diverse role, primarily providing support for the Board of Trustees, Senate, Court and some of their sub-committees.

Charlotte (Tuesday - Wednesday): (0117 42) 83173
Sarah (Monday - Friday): (0117 42) 83172