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Governance and Charitable Status

Corporate governance arrangements at Arts University Plymouth set and monitor the organisation’s strategy and objectives. The governing body aim is to give assurance and improve performance within the organisation by strategically focussing on clear and robust systems and control processes.

Legal name: Arts University Plymouth

Correspondence Address: Arts University Plymouth, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT

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The governors are responsible for corporate governance which includes the leadership, direction and control of the organisation, with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the organisation through the relationship with management and the organisation stakeholders and the pursuit of objectives in the interests of the organisation and its stakeholders.

The governing body discharges its responsibilities of the duty of care by ensuring that the public funds received are spent for the intended purposes and that value for money is obtained.

Risk management is an integral part of any decision made by the governing body. The Audit Committee monitors progress and advises the governing body regarding controls on risk management.

The Corporation has a structure of five Committees and one Working Group to undertake strategic business control and monitoring:

  • Finance and Estates Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Employment Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Capital Build Working Group

Within each Committee or Working Group specialist members (Independent Committee Members) join the governors to provide professional advice and guidance. The Corporation meeting schedule ensures that the Committees and Governing Body are able to deliver their responsibilities and business in a timely manner, and to meet external bodies’ requirements.

Governors are recruited taking into account, wherever possible, equality and diversity issues. In particular, the Nominations and Governance Committee consider an individual's skills and experience to make certain there is a fit with the mission, vision and objectives of the university. High standards of ethical, personal and corporate conduct are expected from members, in accordance with the Standards in Public Life, commonly referred to as the ‘Nolan’ principles. All governors are encouraged to participate in development and training programmes, briefings, seminars and workshops. Members regularly receive routine circulations of a range of printed information and briefing material.

Vice-Chancellor Paul Fieldsend-Danks Arts University Plymouth
Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Professor of Fine Art
Paul Fieldsend-Danks is Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive at Arts University Plymouth.
Sue Brownlow
Chair of Board of Governors
Dr Sue Brownlow - Chair of Board of Governors, Chair of Nominations & Governance Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee, Finance & Estates Committee and the Employment Committee
Anna Corbett
Anna Corbett
Deputy Chair of Board of Governors
Anna Corbett is Chief Executive for Tor Mark Ltd, a leading publishing and distribution company. Anna has considerable experience in non-profit organisations. She is currently involved in significant grant-awarding for the Cornwall Community Foundation, as well as retaining a portfolio on non-executive roles, where she specialises in leading and developing excellence in governance and trusteeship.
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Ian Parry
Chair of Audit Committee
Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1990 and has since worked in a variety of audit, assurance and accountancy roles in both the public and private sectors. He worked as an external auditor for Touche Ross and the District Audit Service of the Audit Commission and as an internal audit manager in local government and the National Health Service.
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Dame Janet Ritterman
Member of Audit Committee
Much of Dame Janet Ritterman’s professional career has been in higher education, first at Middlesex Polytechnic (now Middlesex University), then at Goldsmiths (University of London) and from 1987 at Dartington College of Arts, initially as Head of Music and latterly as Principal. Between 1993 and 2005 she was Director of the Royal College of Music and Visiting Professor of the University of Plymouth.
Fraizer James
Fraizer James
Student Union President and Student Governor
Fraizer James (He/Him) graduated from Arts University Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Illustration in 2022. He worked as part of the Student Union Executive Committee as the LGBTQ Representative (HE) for a year and as an Arts University Plymouth Student Ambassador for four years, before being elected Student Union President and Student Governor for 2022/23.
Mark Greaves
Mark Greaves
Chair of Finance and Estates Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee and Employment Committees
Mark Greaves - Chair of Finance and Estates Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee and Employment Committees
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Andrew Honey
Member of Audit Committee
Andy started life as a Marine Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy, before enjoying an extensive career in commerce, industry and the public sector. He has worked with some of the largest global corporations, including ExxonMobil, Conoco, Tesco, M&S, Diageo and MyTravel, as well as founding and leading several small businesses in the area of SMART, sustainable and low carbon solutions.
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Andrew Cooper-James
Senior Lecturer
Andrew Cooper-James is a lecturer on BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts at Arts University Plymouth. Andrew has a Masters in Contemporary Film Practice and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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Dr Ian Tunbridge OBE
Member of the Finance & Estates Committee
Dr Ian Tunbridge (OBE) has extensive experience of Higher and Further Education, and particularly of HE in FE, marketing, enterprise and widening participation.
Rachel Soundy
Rachel Soundy
Member of Audit Committee
Rachel is a higher education partner at law firm Bevan Brittan LLP. She advises universities, higher education institutions and investors on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.
Margaret Campbell
Margaret Campbell
Staff Governor and Member of Remuneration Committee and Employment Committees
Margaret Campbell is the Head of HE Registry and Business Support Staff Governor at Arts University Plymouth. She is passionate about the continued development of the institution, having played a key role in the progression from FE Institution through to University Title and Taught Degree Awarding Powers.