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We’re governed by a constitution and a Board of Trustees who are responsible for leading and executing our overall vision and direction adopted by the Association at our Annual General Meetings.  All funds of the AUA are used to improve and enhance the profession and the individuals working within it.

The AUA is a charity registered in England and Wales (1030024) and in Scotland (SC037890).  We are also a limited company, AUA Enterprises Ltd, registered in England and Wales (07814323).

Board of Trustees

AUA Chair
Kathy Fowler
College Registrar,
University of Aberdeen
AUA Vice Chair
Chris Ince
Committee Secretary,
SOAS, University of London
Board of Studies Chair
Amanda Oliver FAUA
Director of College Operations,
Brunel University
Sam Bayley
Timetabling Manager,
University of York
Mark Crittenden MAUAStudent Centre Coordinator,
University of Greenwich
Sue MacGregor MAUAHead of Registry Services & Governance,
The University of Gloucestershire
Stephen McAuliffe MAUAAcademic Registrar,
University of Birmingham
Nicola Owen
Chief Administrative Officer,
Lancaster University
Joanne Payne
Head of Professional Services, Finance,
University of Southampton
Steven Quigley
Academic Registrar,
Regent’s College London
Hayley Simpson MAUASenior International Recruitment Manager,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Dawn Turpin
Head of Governance,
The Open University
Dr Andrew West MAUAUniversity Secretary,
The University of Sheffield

Applications for the Board of Trustees

Deadline: Monday 6 March 2017

In accordance with the Constitution, recruitment of members of the Board of Trustees is to be held before the end of July 2017. Applications are now invited for the posts of two full term Trustee positions from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2020.

Serving as a Trustee is both a rewarding way to give something back to the AUA and an excellent form of personal and professional development. You will serve alongside other dedicated and dynamic individuals to create and develop an extensive network of contacts across the HE sector.

The Board is seeking new Trustees who represent the breadth and diversity of those in membership of the AUA and who will add value to the discussions and decisions of the Board.

Trustee duties

The AUA is an unincorporated charity and Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is solvent and well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it was set up. For further information on what these areas of responsibility include, please see “The Essential Trustee” which is produced by the Charity Commission and can be viewed online.

Attributes for membership of the Board of Trustees

Trustees will be expected to contribute towards the full life and operation of the AUA. To do so, the Board has defined the following experience and skills which potential Trustees may be expected to possess.

Experience and Skills

Provides Strategic Leadership (all Trustees)

  • Has strategic knowledge and understanding of the HE sector and the AUA’s place within it
  • Able to articulate strategic priorities, financial implications and objectives clearly
  • Promotes team working between Trustees and AUA Office staff
  • Able to analyse information provided by the AUA Office in a useful way
  • Is open to new ideas and willing to work in partnership with stakeholders

Ensures Accountability (all Trustees)

  • Understands the legal governance framework in which the AUA needs to operate
  • Understands finance and budgeting and able to interpret budget monitoring information
  • Has numeric and analytical skills

Ensures Accountability (specific Trustees)

  • Marketing skills and experience
  • Understanding of the issues of a member led organisation
  • Training/programme development experience or skills

Acts as a Critical Friend (all Trustees)

  • Has a demonstrable commitment to the AUA and the work of the Board of Trustees
  • Declares personal or pecuniary interests and avoids using his/her position for personal gain
  • Participates in the work of the Board of Trustees by preparing for meetings, attending, contributing at meetings and taking agreed actions
  • Uses analytical skills to challenge the AUA Executive constructively and ask probing questions
  • Able to influence others and build consensus using the power of argument and clear presentation of the case
  • Seeks to resolve misunderstanding and conflict by giving and receiving constructive feedback

Relevant qualifications or substantial experience

Formal Qualifications (specific Trustees)

  • Accountancy (finance)
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Higher Education Management
  • Marketing and Communication


All full Members of the AUA can apply, as can individuals who are not currently members of the AUA, though any such individual will be required to take up membership in order to become a Trustee. Applicants must be based in the UK.

To apply please provide a covering letter and CV which demonstrates the above listed attributes. Applications should be emailed to Kathy Muray. Informal enquiries can be made to Kathryn Fowler, the current Chair of the Board.

Applications will be considered by a Nominations Panel established by the Board who will interview selected candidates during the Annual Conference to be held at The University of Manchester from 10 to 11 April. The Nominations Panel will then make recommendations to the Board of Trustees at their meeting in June 2017 for formal endorsement.


Applicants will be informed of the result by Kathryn Fowler after the interviews, subject to formal endorsement by the Board. The membership will be informed by email no later than Friday 7 July 2017.

Applications timetable

  • 7 February – Notice of invitation for applications to the Board of Trustees
  • 6 March – Closing date for Board of Trustee applications (17:00)
  • 8 April – Applicants informed of decision of Nominations Panel
  • 10 – 11 April – Interviews taking place during the Annual Conference in Manchester
  • 23 June – Board receive recommendations from the Nominations Panel
  • 8 July – New appointments to the Board of Trustees circulated to membership

Honorary President

AUA Honorary President, Professor Ruth Farwell

Professor Ruth Farwell is a mathematician by background. Following a succession of senior posts at the University of Brighton she was Pro Vice Chancellor at London South Bank University. In early 2015 Ruth retired as Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University. Ruth is a serving executive member of the HE representative body, GuildHE and a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. She is member of the London Mathematical Society and the Higher Education Academy.

“It is a great pleasure to be Honorary President for the AUA. The AUA is a well-established, exciting and dynamic organisation which encourages its members to strive for excellence and to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. When I describe the importance of staff networking with colleagues and sharing good practice, then I don’t just think of academics. These principles are important for all staff in universities and the AUA plays an important role in delivering them.”
Professor Ruth Farwell

Call for nominations for Honorary President of the AUA

In accordance with our Constitution we are now inviting nominations for the role of President to hold office from 01 August 2017 to 31 July 2019.

All members of the AUA can make a nomination, do you know of someone from within the sector who you think could support us in this role?

The President contributes by:

  • Representing the AUA throughout the sector and acting as a key spokesperson on its behalf
  • Actively participating in the life of the AUA, including at our Annual Lecture and Annual Conference
  • Liaising with the Chair and Officers of the Association to provide strategic input and an independent point of view

The fine print – Appointment procedure

  1. A nomination form (found below) must be completed by 17:00 on 31 May 2017
  2. All members of the Association are eligible to nominate individuals for the role of President but may not nominate themselves
  3. Nominees are not required to be members of the Association at the point of nomination
  4. The consent of nominees is not required at the point of nomination and they should not normally be notified that they have been nominated
  5. In order to be considered as a candidate for the office of President, an individual must be nominated by at least two eligible members
  6. Nominations should be accompanied by a summary of the nominee’s major achievements and their suitability for the office of President
  7. The Secretary is responsible for reviewing nominations and determining those to be considered as candidates.  Nominations which do not meet the requirements of this clause or are received after the due date will be invalid
  8. The Board, or a committee of the Board established for the purpose, will consider all candidates.   Its proceedings in this regard are confidential
  9. The Board will decide which of the candidates, if any, should be invited to become President and its decision is final.
  10. If no suitable candidates are forthcoming or, if those candidates deemed suitable decline the Board’s invitation to become President, the Board will determine the procedure for filling the vacancy


AUA President nomination form

  • Call for nominations for the role of President

    We, the undersigned, hereby propose and second the following person for appointment as AUA President.
  • Proposers

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