The Board of Governors has oversight of the educational character and mission of the University with specific responsibilities for financial probity and the effective use of resources.
The Board comprises both lay and appointed members. The Vice-Chancellor is an ex-officio member of the Board. The Chair of the Board, and Pro-Chancellor, is elected from the lay governors.
The Board of Governors seeks to conduct its affairs in accordance with the requirements of the CUC higher education Code of Governance, the Seven Principles identified by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, and the OfS Public Interest Governance Principles.
The Board’s work is outlined in the Statement of Primary Responsibilities.Statement of primary responsibilities (document)
The Board is supported by three committees which undertake detailed or specialist work. You can find out more about them below:
If you have any queries about the Board of Governors, please contact [email protected].
Board of Governors profiles
Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board
View Clive Elliott’s biography
Clive is from Liverpool and was a Senior Executive with Barclays for 30 years before becoming an independent management consultant specialising in transformational change management. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from Kingston University.
Clive is passionate about higher education, especially the role it plays in enabling students to secure and enjoy fulfilling employment in a fast changing world.
Appointed as an Independent Governor in 2017, he has been Chair of the Board since November 2022.
Clive is also Chair of all of Edge Hill’s subsidiary companies and of the Governance and Nominations Committee besides being a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of Remuneration Committee
View Louise Robinson’s biography
Having completed a second headship of 12 years at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, Louise is currently an educational consultant, registered inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Magistrate and executive coach. With a degree in Computer Science and Maths, Louise has also a Master’s Level 7 in Coaching and Mentoring, a Master’s in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. In 2012 she was the President of the Girls’ Schools Association and was vice chair of the Independent Schools Council from 2012-2015. She is also a governor of Westholme School, Blackburn as well as a Trustee for the charity Liverpool World Centre.
Louise was appointed as an Independent Governor in September 2014 and took on the role of Deputy Chair of the Board in November 2022. She is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee.
Chair of Audit Committee
View Mike Tate’s biography
Mike’s career of 38 years was spent within the NHS. He was a Director of Finance/Chief Finance Officer for three separate NHS organisations in the North West. More recently, Mike has served as a Non-Executive Director at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he served on Board and both the Audit and Quality committees.
Mike is a qualified accountant and has been a member of CIPFA since 1987. He joined the Board of Governors in September 2021 and has served as Chair of the Audit Committee since November 2022.
Clerk to Governors
View Helen Smallbone’s biography
Helen started working at Edge Hill in 2002 following her graduation from the University of Nottingham.
Initially specialising in student assessment and awards, Helen went on to become the University’s Academic Registrar before creating a new department as Director of Governance & Assurance in 2021. In this role, Helen is responsible for ensuring that the University operates within an environment conducive with the OfS regulatory framework. She has specific oversight of academic quality and standards, corporate governance and student casework.
As Clerk to Governors, Helen is responsible for providing independent, authoritative advice, guidance and administrative support to the Board of Governors. She also ensures their ongoing compliance with the various statutory, regulatory body and other legal obligations.
An advocate of professional development and sharing best practice, Helen regularly sits on national advisory boards, and is presently supporting the QAA to develop best practice in promoting academic integrity. She is well-connected within the sector having recently been Chair of the National Assessment Practitioners’ Group and is currently acting as External Reviewer for Staffordshire University’s Degree Outcomes Statement. Helen is also a member of the Association of University Administrators, the Association of Heads of University Administration, and a Student Member of the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA).
View Ben Broadhurst’s biography
Having recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary English Education with QTS, Ben is currently the Faculty of Education President at Edge Hill’s Student Union. During Ben’s time at Edgehill, he was a Course Rep, where he would feedback to staff on a number of boards on student voice and experience. In addition to this Ben was the President of the Education Society in partnership with the National Education Union. In his last year, Ben ran a successful campus-wide campaign, which aimed to champion Edge Hill’s LGBTQ+ community and looked to find smart ways to increase Mental Health support.
Outside of his working role Ben commits his time to supporting charities. Ben is Chair of the Young Advisors Charity, which is a national charity and mission is to empower Young People and support in changing communities. Alongside this Ben sits on the Board of Trustees for Priority Youth Project, a local Liverpool Charity that aims to provide support, education and leisure activities to develop their skills and improve opportunities for children and young people.
Ben volunteered to be Student Governor for 2022/2023.
View Julian Bucknall’s biography
Having graduated from Edge Hill in 1995 with a BSc Hons degree in Communication and IT, Julian joined Barclays at their technology Radbroke campus in Knutsford, Cheshire. He has held a number of technology and people-focussed roles with the global financial services organisation. Julian is currently Head of People & Engagement and leads internal communications and colleague engagement at Radbroke, which is base to around 6,500 employees and the bank’s biggest campus location in the UK outside of London.
In recent years, Julian reconnected with Edge Hill University to provide students with opportunities to explore the breadth of roles available in technology in organisations like Barclays, and to help inform career options across the technology industry.
Julian has been resident in Ormskirk since starting his degree at Edge Hill in 1992, and has been living for the past 15 years in close proximity to the University’s campus.
Julian has been an Independent Governor since July 2017 and served on the Resources Committee until July 2021.
Dr John Cater
Vice-Chancellor and Ex-Officio Governor
View Graeme Collinge’s biography
Graeme grew up in Buckinghamshire, educated at the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, then Keble College, Oxford (Geography), before gaining membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1993 as a planning and development surveyor. In 2000 Graeme completed an Executive MBA programme with Bristol University and the ENPC School of International Management in Paris.
Graeme’s early career was spent within a London based Quantity Surveying firm, whose principal clients included Bath University and the Priory Hospitals Group before moving to Lancashire in 1997 with his partner and young children to take a consultancy position with KPMG in Manchester. Graeme is now a director of GENECON Ltd, a niche but nationally respected economic development consultancy based in Leeds, having also spent time with AMION Consulting in Liverpool. He counts among his more interesting projects the review of the merger of UMIST and Victoria Manchester University to create the University of Manchester, analysis of the economic potential of a new university campus on the Olympic Park and the creation of various Enterprise Zones across the country.
Graeme lives in Chorley, Lancashire with his partner and two teenage children. At community level, Graeme is Chairman of Brinscall Village Junior Football Club and has led a number of successful grant applications to the Football Foundation and Sport England.
Graeme joined the Board in September 2015 and served as Chair of Resources Committee until July 2021. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
View Christine Donnelly’s biography
For over ten years, Christine worked in the IT department at RSA in Liverpool. In 2005, she set up an IT and Project Management Consultancy, which she continues to run today.
Christine has a long-standing awareness of the importance of education at all stages of life and has a particular interest in equality of opportunity. She was a governor at a local school for 16 years and has worked with an educational charity as an IT project manager.
Christine is from the local area. Her family have been regular visitors to Edge Hill, making good use of the facilities available to the community.
Christine joined the Board as an Independent Governor in 2016, and is a member of Audit committee and Governance and Nominations committee.
Teaching Staff Governor
View Amanda Fulford’s biography
Amanda is a senior leader in higher education, having worked for 21 years in Further and Higher Education, in teacher education and professional development, in research leadership and development, and in knowledge exchange. She has a record of successfully leading and developing research infrastructure, and of building and leading teams. She is also Visiting Professor at Leeds Trinity University.
She is an established and well-published researcher and philosopher of education, with research interests in public and community philosophy, Higher Education, and in dialogic pedagogy. She has strong and established links with learned societies, and is currently Chair Elect of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB). She has also served on the Advisory Board of the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE), and was Vice Chair of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES).
She has governance experience from serving two terms on the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Higher Education, and is now Trustee for the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE). Amanda joined the Board as the elected Teaching Staff Governor in 2021.
Support Staff Governor
View Andy Jackson’s biography
Andy is a Warehouse Operative in the Facilities Management Site Services department. He has worked at Edge Hill University for over seven years, having previously amassed nearly 20 years’ experience both in the U.K and Ireland in specialised engineering stock-control and procurement. A born-and-bred Liverpudlian, he is married to Jayne, has two adult children, and lives in Liverpool.
Andy was elected as the Support Staff Governor in January 2021 and hopes to contribute different perspectives and experiences to the Board. He is also the parent of a full-time Edge Hill student which gives him a totally different insight into our community.
Away from work, Andy’s great loves – aside from his family – are Liverpool F.C and The Beatles.
View Lauren King’s biography
Lauren has recently graduated with a BSc in Psychology and is currently studying for a MSc In Counselling and Psychotherapy in contemporary creative approaches, both at Edge Hill University. She was elected as the Student Governor for 2022 to 2023 by the student body.
During her time at Edge Hill, Lauren has undertaken a variety of volunteering roles within and around the community, such as working at Alder Hey hospital throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, mentoring young people for Wigan Targeted Support Services and working at charity events held by the Ormskirk rugby club.
Lauren is also a member of Edge Hill University’s Widening Access panel, where she and other students discuss their experiences at university which serves to provide staff with the student perspective. The panel aims to maintain and improve upon current support systems in place to increase non-traditional student retention, satisfaction and population.
Lauren’s career and education interests surround the improvement of minority group life outcomes and improving the wellbeing of disadvantaged individuals.
View Antony Lockley’s biography
Antony is the Director of Strategy and Assistant Chief Executive of Blackpool Council, responsible for a diverse portfolio including policy and performance, commissioning and research, housing and headline place strategy. He leads on the development of corporate strategy and policy, is the council’s lead interface with central government and regional partners, and is lead chief officer for the council’s wholly owned companies.
Antony lectured in housing and regeneration at the University of Salford from 2008-14, and continues to guest lecture on these areas. Antony holds higher degrees in modern history and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Antony has extensive governance experience, having served on the boards and committees of charities, academies, colleges and housing associations. He is also Vice-Chair of Village Manchester Football Club.
Antony joined the Board as an independent governor in October 2022 and serves on the Audit Committee.
Academic Board Nominee
View Jane Moore’s biography
Jane Moore is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education. She joined the Board of Governors in May 2021 following her nomination by Academic Board. Jane also serves on Governance & Nominations Committee.
Jane has spent her professional career in a variety of roles in education, both as a secondary school teacher and in several universities. As a teacher, she taught in a school in London and in several schools on Merseyside and was particularly passionate about the ways in which excellent educational experiences can promote social mobility and life chances for all.
Later in her career, Jane took the opportunity to move into higher education and has led large education faculties in three universities. In each, she has had overall responsibility for teacher education programmes, as well as non-vocational education provision, Master’s and doctoral programmes. She regards the education of outstanding teachers as vital to the success of the education system overall, sustained by related research and mature collaborative partnerships with schools and other stakeholders.
Jane’s doctoral research was situated in the fields of anthropology and museum studies, and focused on the collection, interpretation and display of an internationally important collection of Tibetan objects at Liverpool World Museum. Her recent research interests include education in prisons, multi-stakeholder and partnership working and educational leadership in contexts of change.
View Maxine Melling’s biography
Maxine’s professional career was spent within the Further and Higher Education sectors. Having studied for an English degree at the University of Cardiff she took a post graduate qualification in Information Science at Birmingham City University and a Masters degree in Library Management at Aberystwyth University. Maxine has a long connection with Edge Hill and was Deputy Head of Library Services from 1987-1992. From here Maxine held a range of leadership roles in the H.E sector, culminating as Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire (2012-2018). In this role her portfolio included responsibility for professional services teams, including Estates; IT; Student Services; Library and Information Services; Sustainability; Student Recruitment; Marketing and Communications; Process Review and Planning.
Maxine has also volunteered and acted as a trustee for many charitable organisations, including The Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Civic Society, Remembering Srebrenica and the Gladstone Library.
Maxine was appointed as an Independent Governor in October 2022, and serves on the Audit Committee.
View Jo Nettleton’s biography
Jo has had extensive experience in the public sector, working for the NHS, Health & Safety Executive and Nuclear Installations Inspectorate before joining the Environment Agency in 2016. In her current role as Deputy Director and Head of Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation, she leads on high-profile projects, including Nuclear New Build, Nuclear Legacy and Waste, Radioactive Source Security, regulation of EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations) and Control of Onshore Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH), support to Defra Clean Air Strategy and Environment Bill, Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, Energy White Paper and other related government plans and strategies.
As well as her regulatory work, Jo is also passionate about helping to increase diversity in the workplace, including at senior management and board level, and is an active mentor in the 30% Club. She is keen to support the University as it explores how to make a real contribution to meeting the local and global challenges posed by the climate emergency.
Jo joined the Board as an Independent Governor in September 2021 and serves on the Audit Committee.
View Mike Rush’s biography
Mike has a long history with Edge Hill having qualified as a PE Teacher via the PGCE programme in 1998 following his BSc Sport / Geography degree at the University.
In his professional career, Mike is the CEO at St Helens Rugby League Club having spent the past 18 years with the club in various Senior Management positions. Mike has experience at all levels of the club including within the Academy and Performance Departments.
Mike continues to live locally in St Helens and currently sits on the Board of Governors at Cowley High School in the town. He is also continuing to study and is currently working towards a Masters in Sporting Development.
Mike has been an Independent Governor since July 2017.
Agendas and minutesBoard of Governors Agendas (documents) Board of Governors Minutes (documents)
We have an open recruitment process and accept speculative applications. If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact [email protected].
If you have any cause to complain about one of our governors, you should access the Board of Governors Complaints Procedure.
For all other queries, please contact the Board’s Secretariat at [email protected].